WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND) joined Senator Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) in introducing legislation to require the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to issue a Notice to Appear (NTA) in court prior to releasing any migrant who illegally entered into the United States. By not providing a NTA, the government loses control of who is being released into the states and deprives migrants of the opportunity to make legitimate asylum claims before an immigration judge. 

“Our system is overwhelmed by the crisis at our border, and we have now resorted to releasing illegal migrants into the country with no real way to ensure they return for their court date,” said Senator Cramer. “Our bill helps clean up President Biden’s mess by prohibiting illegal immigrants from being released without a notice to appear in immigration court.”

The bill would require the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to issue a NTA for removal proceedings to any migrant who has illegally entered the country prior to releasing them the into the country or granting parole. It would also stipulate the migrant’s parole, deferred action, or any other immigration status and associated employment authorization will be terminated if they fail to appear for the hearing. 

Senators Cramer and Tuberville are joined on the bill by Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX), Mike Lee (R-UT), Mike Braun (R-IN), and John Barrasso (R-WY).