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Biden faces more backlash on immigration, this time from border state Democrats

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Following President Biden’s national address on Wednesday night, Sen. Mark Kelly (D-AZ) and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) echoed conservative opinions and demanded that the Biden Administration make a plan to fix the border crisis.

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Biden only briefly addressed immigration, to the disappointment of many.

“On day one of my presidency, I kept my commitment to send a comprehensive immigration bill to the United States Congress,” Biden said in the address. He implored Congress to pass it because it calls to secure the border and create a pathway to citizenship.

On the other hand, Vice President Harris has been the border czar for over a month. But she has not held a single press conference on the matter and hasn’t visited the border to date.

But Sen. Kelly said that’s not enough. “While I share President Biden’s urgency in fixing our broken immigration system,” Kelly said in a press release, “what I didn’t hear tonight was a plan to address the immediate crisis at the border.” He also vowed that he “will continue holding this administration accountable.” Kelly called for a human system to process migrants, stronger borders, and support for local economies.

From personal experience, Sen. Sinema agreed. “I grew up in southern Arizona, so like a lot of Arizonans, I’ve seen firsthand how Arizona, and specifically small communities along the border, pays the price for the federal government’s failure over decades to fix our broken immigration system,” Sinema said in her press release.

Sinema was recently named Chair of the Senate Subcommittee on Government Operations and Border Management. Together with other border state senators, she’s introduced the Bipartisan Border Solutions Act in an effort to improve the federal response to the crisis.

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Texas has raised over $55 million from private donations to secure border, build a wall

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As of September 12, the state of Texas has raised a little over $55 million in private donations, to secure the southern border and build a wall. “While securing the border is the federal government’s responsibility, Texas will not sit idly by as this crisis grows. Texas is responding with the most robust and comprehensive border plan the nation has ever seen,” Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said in a statement.

“The State of Texas is working collaboratively with communities impacted by the border crisis to arrest and detain individuals coming into Texas illegally,” Abbott’s statement reads. “Our efforts will only be effective if we work together to secure the border, make criminal arrests, protect landowners, rid our communities of dangerous drugs, and provide Texans with the support they need and deserve.”

In addition to finding money for a border wall, Abbott has signed legislation which designated Mexican drug cartels as domestic terrorists, and has called on President Joe Biden to do the same.

“Fentanyl is a clandestine killer, and Texans are falling victim to the Mexican cartels that are producing it,” said Governor Abbott in a statement. “Cartels are terrorists, and it’s time we treated them that way. In fact, more Americans died from fentanyl poisoning in the past year than all terrorist attacks across the globe in the past 100 years. In order to save our country, particularly our next generation, we must do more to get fentanyl off our streets.”

“As of now, Biden has not responded to Abbott’s request to designate Mexican cartels as terrorist organizations” reports Just The News.

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