Freshman Lawmaker Takes Heat Over Mock Bill

Freshman Lawmaker Gets Heat Over Mock Bill

( – Rep. Maxwell Frost (D-FL) is currently the youngest member of Congress. The first Gen Z lawmaker made headlines when an apartment denied his application because of bad credit. Now, he’s back in the news over a bill he introduced recently.

On January 17, the House Oversight and Accountability Committee held a hearing to discuss the Republican Party’s H.R. 2, also known as the Secure the Border Act. The immigration bill would severely restrict the asylum process, establish a new surveillance system, require employers to use E-verify or risk prison time, finish construction of the wall, and slash immigration services for undocumented people.

Republicans are trying to tie the bill to Ukraine aid. They are demanding President Joe Biden completely transform the immigration system, or they won’t provide any more money to the Eastern European nation fighting off an invasion by Russia. The White House said aid is running out.

Rep. Frost criticized Republicans for the way they are treating immigrants in the country. He then held up a piece of paper at the hearing and said he drafted a bill that would remove the Statue of Liberty, the nation’s largest symbol for immigrants. Frost read part of “The New Colossus” poem on the statue, which was placed there as a message to immigrants who entered the country in the 1800s.

Frost told his GOP colleagues, “This is who you are, removing the fabric of America.” He accused them of being more concerned with “peddling hate” than actually fixing the immigration system.

The freshman congressman was widely mocked on social media for his stunt. Some found it ironic, considering the party’s history with statue removal.

A day after Frost’s rant in the committee hearing, 14 Democrats voted with Republicans to condemn President Joe Biden’s border policies. Unsurprisingly, the Orlando area lawmaker wasn’t one of them.

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