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Rep. Norman Introduces Bill Establishing New Ports of Entry for Processing Migrants

On Monday, U.S. Rep. Ralph Norman (SC-5) introduced new legislation in the House of Representatives to help address the massive surge of immigrants along our southern border.
The Stop the SURGE Act, or Stop the Surge of Unsafe Rio Grande Encampments Act, would relocate illegal immigrants from South Texas to the following newly established ports of entry for processing under the Immigration & Naturalization Act (Title 8) and Public Health Service Act (Title 42):
  • Martha’s Vineyard, Mass.
  • Nantucket, Mass.
  • Block Island, R.I.
  • Greenwich, Conn.
  • Cambridge, Mass.
  • Governors Island, N.Y.
  • Palo Alto, Calif.
  • Rehoboth Beach, Del.
  • Newport, R.I.
  • Scarsdale, N.Y.
  • Yountville, Calif.
  • St. Helena, Calif.
  • North Hero, Vt.
Last week, Sen. Ted Cruz introduced a companion bill in the Senate. After filing this legislation Monday in the House, Rep. Norman issued the following statement:
“I have visited the border twice recently, and can tell you something must be done to alleviate the enormous problems this administration has created. While I continue to advocate for stronger border security, it feels a lot like screaming into the wind. Absent rational immigration policies from the Oval Office, Congress must act to disperse the traffic and help manage this humanitarian crisis.
"From Martha’s Vineyard to Palo Alto, I’m confident these fine cities and others feel sympathy and compassion for what’s happening in South Texas. And I’m optimistic they will happily rise to the challenge and serve our nation well as new ports of entry for the U.S. Border Patrol."
More than 1.7 million people were detained for the year ending in September, and arrests by the U.S. Border Patrol have reached an all-time high, according to recent reports. The Biden Administration estimates as many as 400,000 additional illegal aliens will cross our borders if Title 42 is revoked. In fact, the surge of illegal immigration has so overwhelmed the state of Texas that Gov. Greg Abbott has repeatedly renewed a disaster proclamation originally issued in May.