Republican Reps. Jodey Arrington (TX-19) and Brian Babin (TX-36) are leading a congressional trip to the border at the end of the month to assess what they see as ‘Biden’s border crisis,’ this reporter has learned.
The Congressional Delegation will travel to three different destinations between March 29th-31st to see the border from land, air, and sea in McAllen, Laredo, and Carizzo Springs, Texas. They will also be joined by former Commissioner of U.S. Border Patrol Mark Morgan and former Acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Tom Homan as well as over a dozen Texas House members.
National Border Patrol Council Vice President Chris Cabrera recently told Sara Carter on “Hannity” that there are an estimated 700-1,000 migrants crossing the Texas border daily and that it will continue with the current immigration policies.
Since Biden took office, he has taken a number of executive actions to reverse many of the Trump administration policies that the Republican lawmakers deem a success. For instance, he halted the construction of the border wall, ended the ‘Remain in Mexico policy,’ and instituted a 100-day moratorium on deportations.
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said Tuesday that migrants awaiting the adjudication of their asylum claims in Mexico’s largest migrant camp in Matamoros have been processed. The United Nations Refugee Agency said late last month that they had begun processing around 750 people at the camp and ensured that proper health protocols were implemented.
Babin, who is also a Chair of the House Border Caucus, told this reporter Tuesday that Biden’s policies have led to an “absolute catastrophe” at the border. Moreover, he said, “Instead of stepping up, securing our border, and putting the safety of Americans, and migrants, first, President Biden is doing what the Democrats do best – blaming Donald Trump.”
And last month, Arrington sent a letter to President Biden urging the President to uphold Title 42 to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 at the border. In Brownsville, TX, for example, 210 migrants have tested positive for the virus since January 25, according to local reports. It didn’t start or end there. In fact, in June 2020, CNN reported that COVID-19-positive people were crossing the border for medical treatment, overwhelming health care personnel and resources in states like California and Texas.
“With all the efforts the Trump Administration, and now your Administration, have taken to test, prevent, and treat our nation’s citizens and slow the spread of COVID-19, repealing Title 42 would be illogical and indefensible,” Arrington wrote in the February letter. “In fact, your Administration requires American citizens to produce proof of a negative COVID-19 test upon returning to the US after traveling to another country.”
He added, “It would be ludicrous to require American citizens to present a negative COVID test upon reentry while simultaneously inviting illegal immigrants to enter our country with no testing requirement or regard for our rule of law.”
This congressional delegation remains concerned about the surge in migration and hopes to return to Washington with legislative solutions to what they recognize as a ‘crisis.’
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Congressman Biggs to Unveil Impeachment Articles Against DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas
On Wednesday afternoon, Congressman Andy Biggs (R-AZ) will unveil his 118th Congress impeachment articles against Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. Biggs, along with dozens of Republican congressional members, will hold a press conference at The House Triangle in the United States Capitol.
At least 15 members of Congress will provide remarks advocating for the impeachment of Secretary Mayorkas. Congressman Biggs was the first member of Congress to introduce articles of impeachment against Mayorkas, as early as August 2021.
The escalating border crisis during the Biden administration has led Biggs and other members to conclude Mayorkas’ “dereliction of duty in protecting our nation’s borders constituted high crimes and misdemeanors.”
In late December, The Washington Examiner reported on Biggs’ cited three examples of how he said Mayorkas broke the law.
“First, Secretary Mayorkas has failed to maintain operational control of the border as required under the law,” he said, quoting the Secure Fence Act of 2006’s definition of operational control as “the prevention of all unlawful entries into the United States, including entries by terrorists, other unlawful aliens, instruments of terrorism, narcotics, and other contraband.”
He added: “Second, he may have lied to Congress when he testified that he was maintaining operational control of the border.
The third illegal action, Biggs said, was how Mayorkas had not detained illegal immigrants and instead released more than 1 million people into the U.S.
“The law is clear illegal aliens shall be detained,” Biggs said.
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