Pennsylvania lawmakers led by Republican State Senator Mario Scavello announced that they will introduce a bill seeking to relocate illegal immigrants arriving in Pennsylvania on Biden administration-sponsored flights to Delaware, the president’s home state.
To criticize Joe Biden’s immigration policies, Scavello announced his intentions to introduce legislation that would transport undocumented immigrants residing in Pennsylvania to the president’s home state.
State Sen. Mario Scavello, who served as a state representative for 12 years before being elected to the Pennsylvania Senate seat in 2015, told Newsweek that he intends to push the measure next month “or sooner.”
In a statement to his Senate colleagues, Scavello wrote:
“In the very near future, I intend to introduce legislation to address the influx of illegal immigrants relocating to Pennsylvania,” adding that his legislation will be patterned after similar intentions expressed by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
Faced with the immigration collapse of the borders due to a series of policies promoted by the Biden administration, during the year 2021, they have sent planes loaded with immigrants to various states, such as Pennsylvania, to deconcentrate the border areas.
From the office of Florida Republican Governor Ron De Santis, they commented in November 2021 that more than 70 overnight flights carrying immigrants from the border landed in Jacksonville in the last three months, amid concerns about the effects of the border crisis in states across the country, Fox News reported.
They also indicated that the Biden administration has refused to inform the governor’s office about who is facilitating the flights and other information.
Against this backdrop, Republicans have sounded the alarm for months about flights into the interior of the United States and other migrant transports to non-border states.
Meanwhile, the Biden administration has continued to release entire families of migrants across the country, often with a notice to appear at a local Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office to begin their immigration proceedings.
In that context, De Santis said in November, “We’ll provide buses…I will send them to Delaware and do that.”
Scavello, picking up on De Santis’s comments, was inspired to draft legislation along those same lines.
The legislation would implement a transportation program for the relocation of immigrants from the partner state to neighboring Delaware, according to Scavello’s memo.
“How many illegal immigrants has the president relocated to his own home state of Delaware?” he asked. “If it is good enough for Pennsylvania, then why not redirect the relocation to Delaware?”
Scavello’s bill would also prohibit the issuance of state contracts to any federal contractor working to assist the Biden administration’s relocation efforts.