What's Ahead 1. Making History at the Border. 2. Promoting Free Speech on College Campuses. 3. Weekly Roundup. 4. My Contact Information.
1. Making History at the Border.
2. Promoting Free Speech on College Campuses.
3. Weekly Roundup.
4. My Contact Information.
Making History at the Border
President Biden's tenure in the Oval office has been stained by the chaos taking place at our Southwest border, which began to escalate when he was sworn into office. The crisis at our border is alarming and threatening to the United States in a variety of ways, ranging from our national security to fentanyl and other drugs entering our country.
This week, we received more devastating news regarding our failed immigration protocol. In August, for the sixth consecutive month, Border Patrol officials dealt with over 200,000 encounters of illegal immigrants. Additionally, for the first time ever, the Department of Homeland Security has reported encounters with over 2 million illegal immigrants at the Southwest border in a single fiscal year — and we still have one month to go!
President Biden is constantly making history, but never for the right reasons.
On his watch, morale among Border Patrol agents hit an all-time low. With a lack of resources to combat the constant stampede of illegal immigrants, they cannot sufficiently complete their primary mission — securing the border.
Even worse, the decision by the White House to abandon border security has left America with a surplus of deadly fentanyl and a dangerous humanitarian crisis. In 2021, Milwaukee County alone reported 643 drug overdose deaths, 80 percent of which contained fentanyl. In fact, the amount of overdose deaths caused by fentanyl grew by 97 percent from 2019 to 2021.
The Wisconsin DHS is rightfully warning of the strong presence of fentanyl in our communities. It's scandalous that the ongoing drug crisis our nation faces is a byproduct of the border crisis, which is a direct result of failed leadership out of Washington.
As deadly drugs infiltrate our country, President Biden needs to put the safety and security of the American people ahead of partisan politics. Shamefully, thus far, he has not.
It's difficult to come to any conclusion other than the President has no real interest in solving the border crisis. Vice President Kamala Harris, who was tasked with fixing the crisis, made a proclamation last week that the border is “secure”. This is an insult to the hundreds of communities in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California experiencing hardship due to the Administration’s refusal to empower Border Patrol to fight back against the increasingly-powerful criminal Cartels who control the border— not to mention the rest of the country, where families are being devastated by the impact of the illegal drugs coming in.
I'm ready and willing to work with my colleagues in Washington to improve the tumultuous state of our Southwest border and protect American communities. The Biden Administration has permitted and encouraged this lawlessness for far too long. I have been using my voice in Congress to urge President Biden to reinstate many of the sound immigration policies he dismantled, such as resuming construction of the border wall system, funding for more Border Patrol agents, and fully reinstating the "Remain in Mexico" policy, which helped secure our border by disincentivizing immigrants from attempting to cross the border illegally in the first place.
In the United States, it's the responsibility of universities to foster and encourage a wide range of perspectives among its students and faculty by upholding a bedrock of our nation — Americans' right to free speech under the First Amendment.
Sadly, however, the opposite has become the norm at universities across the country. According to a 2021 report from the American Enterprise Institute, roughly 20 percent of university faculty hiring and promotion decisions are made after taking a candidates’ “diversity, equity, and inclusion” statement into account. In other words, colleges have made an effort to stifle the free expression of diverse viewpoints by mandating a left-wing ideology among its students and faculty during the admissions and hiring process.
"Of 893 nominally qualified candidates, 679 were eliminated solely due to insufficiently woke diversity, equity and inclusion statements. In other words, Berkeley used a political litmus test to eliminate over three-quarters of the applicant pool."
Students I've met personally have spoken out about feeling the urge to lie on exams or in class to get decent grades from increasingly bold left-wing teachers. This is unacceptable. Academia is healthiest and most productive when students feel comfortable speaking their minds; giving and receiving exposure to diverse perspectives in the classroom.
This week, along with Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (NY) and Congressman Fred Keller (PA), I introduced the Restoring Academic Freedom on Campus Act to prohibit colleges and universities from following through with this authoritarian ideological mandate on our next generation. Universities attempting to police the ideology of students and faculty during the hiring, promotion, or student selection process is un-American and a grotesque attack on the right to free expression in our country.
Read more about our bill in Fox News by clicking the above image
President Biden's plan to cancel student loan debt discriminates against the hardworking Americans who paid off their loans and leaves skilled trade workers, like plumbers and manufacturers, in the dust.
Not to mention, this is another $360 billion log on the fire of inflation.
Tomorrow, join me in wishing our neighbors, and everybody celebrating around the world, a happy and peaceful Rosh Hashanah. Shanah tovah!
Last weekend, I was in Milwaukee for the Beyond the Blues Fundraising event presented by the Charles E. Kubly Foundation to raise awareness for suicide prevention efforts in Wisconsin.
Thanks to the Association of Equipment Manufacturers for stopping by my office on Wednesday for a conversation regarding my efforts to support the tens of thousands manufacturing employees that call the Sixth District home.
Last weekend, I spoke at the Alzheimer's Association's Walk to End Alzheimers in Manitowoc in support of the fight to end Alzheimer's.
It was my pleasure to meet with the Cold Finished Steel Bar Institute on Tuesday to discuss initiatives to help promote the growth of steel bar companies and support the thousands of employees in this industry.
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