GOP Leader McCarthy Slams Biden’s Plan To Give Amnesty To Millions Of Illegal Immigrants As Putting Illegals First Before American Citizens

House GOP leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy slammed President Joe Biden’s plan to “immediately” grant amnesty to millions of illegal aliens in the country and enjoined the new Democratic president to focus first on getting Americans back on their feet amid the reeling impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

The California lawmaker noted that prioritizing illegal immigrants would signal “further divide” in the country — and only encourage an influx of asylum seekers to the US.

McCarthy: Prioritize citizens first

“The coronavirus and government-imposed lockdowns have left millions of Americans unemployed and small businesses shut down. Our immediate national priority must be to help Americans get back to work. Instead, the first legislative priority we get from the new administration is not one aimed at lowering unemployment for Americans or reopening our economy, but a radical immigration bill granting citizenship to millions of illegal aliens,” Rep. McCarthy said in a statement to Breitbart News.

“Not only does it undermine our rule of law and encourage more illegal immigration, it tells our fellow Americans their misfortune isn’t our nation’s top priority. Will this proposal help Americans get back to work? Most certainly not. And until that happens, the Biden Administration must focus on helping our own citizens first,” he added.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that in December, unemployment rate stood at 6.7%, and the number of unemployed persons at 10.7 million — nearly twice their pre-pandemic levels in February last year.

Prior to his inauguration on Wednesday, Biden promised to give amnesty to the roughly 11 to 22 million illegal aliens residing in the US in his first 100 days in office — a move that will undo former president Donald Trump’s policies on illegal immigration.

Migrant caravan headed to the US

This welcoming tone might have pushed a massive caravan of thousands marching from Honduras planning to enter the US illegally on the day that Biden gets inaugurated.

The caravan wants Biden to “honors its commitments.”

On Inauguration Day, Rep. McCarthy echoed the same call to the Biden-Harris administration highlighting the need to continue addressing issues related to the coronavirus and standing-up to China.

“Today, President Biden and Vice President Harris were sworn in, taking an oath to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution,” the House minority leader said in a statement.

“Now we must get to work to solve the challenges facing our fellow Americans. The pandemic is still with us. Families, small businesses, and school children still struggle under the weight of economic lockdowns. Millions understandably feel forgotten or ignored.”

“Through the strife here at home, China continues to cheat, steal, and lie as it looks to displace American leadership on the world stage. President Donald Trump led our country in acknowledging and confronting these generational challenges. It would be wise to pick up that mantle and work towards common ground to make our country and her people stronger,” McCarthy added, referring to former President Trump’s tough stance on China.

Nonetheless, McCarthy — who will be leading a significantly higher number of GOP members in the House after Republicans flipped at least a dozen seats from Democrats — has called on “unity” from both parties moving forward.

“With margins in the House and Senate narrow, and President Biden promising to represent everyone, I believe we can unite and restore peace, prosperity, and safety,” he said. “Looking ahead, I know we will be tested. But I also know there will be many promising opportunities for us to seize.”

Prior to that, McCarthy tweeted on the accomplishments of the former Trump administration.

“Promises made. Promises kept. Here are just a few of the big wins the Trump-Pence Administration accomplished for hardworking Americans over the last four years: 1. Tax reform; 2. A secure border; 3. Better trade deals,” the House minority leader said.

McCarthy also thanked the former Republican President for his efforts to make America great again.

“Thank you President Trump and Vice President Pence. For serving the people. For keeping your promises. And for MAKING AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!”