Senator Reverend Warnock Statement on New Executive Order Aimed at Curbing Humanitarian Crisis at Southern Border

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S Senator Reverend Raphael Warnock (D-GA) released the following statement on President Biden’s recent Executive Order: 

“Federal action to address the humanitarian crisis on our southern border is much needed and long overdue. At the same time, I believe our country and the communities at the heart of this crisis would be much better served by a bipartisan conversation in Washington that centers people in our policymaking—a conversation that Washington Republicans have time and again cynically rejected because Donald Trump told them to. That the President’s executive order stands on uncertain legal footing only further underscores why Congress must come together once and for all to make meaningful reforms that will finally repair our broken immigration system.

“As a voice for Georgians in the Senate and as a pastor, comprehensive immigration reform will always be my North Star. I will continue advocating for common-sense, bipartisan solutions that reflect our values, comply with our laws, respect our immigrant communities, and honor the dignity of those coming to our country. I hope Washington Republicans will find the courage to do the same because Congress has the power to fix this and we can’t keep kicking this can down the road.”

Since coming to the Senate, Senator Warnock has been a vocal proponent of fixing the nation’s immigration system through comprehensive immigration reform, and a strong supporter of Georgia’s vibrant immigrant communities. To that end, Senator Warnock has advocated for legislation to provide a legal pathway to citizen for Dreamers, and recently, has supported measures to strengthen funding for border security and fentanyl screening. Ahead of President Biden’s expected Executive Order, Senator Warnock urged President Biden to streamline pathways to lawful status for undocumented immigrants with deep ties to the United States to help address the crisis at the southern border and will continue pressing for this and other reforms.