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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Majority of Americans believe cartels have more control over border than our government
The Vice President of the United States claimed, only days ago, that the U.S. southern border is “secure.” Not only did her comment receive severe pushback from lawmakers and border agents and agencies, but the American people don’t buy her rhetoric.
A poll published Thursday by RMG Research shows a majority of Americans “believe cartels have more control over the southern border than the U.S. government.”
Sixty-one percent of registered voters surveyed said that cartels had greater control of the border, compared to 19 percent who said the government has more control. Twenty percent of respondents were “not sure.”
National Review reports:
The poll surveyed 1,200 registered voters from September 20 to 21, and was conducted online by Scott Rasmussen. The margin of error is +/- 2.8 percent.
The majority of voters surveyed, 54 percent, responded that the federal government is not “seriously trying to secure the border and reduce illegal immigration.”
Sixty percent of voters said the “failure of the federal government to secure the southern border” is a bigger problem that governors like Ron DeSantis sending illegal immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard, and 63 percent said it is “hypocritical” for sanctuary cities, like Martha’s Vineyard, to complain when illegal immigrant are sent there.
Another poll by CRC Research obtained exclusively National Review showed that 63 percent agree that sanctuary cities like Chicago, New York City, and Washington, D.C., should share the burden of having illegal immigrants with border states.
The rampant hypocrisy of Democratic lawmakers was on full display after Florida Governor Ron DeSantis sent 50 illegal immigrants to the Martha’s Vineyard, the liberal playground vacation destination in Massachusetts.
Within 24 hours, Democratic lawmakers in Martha’s Vineyard blasted the Florida governor for being “cruel,” then gave the illegal immigrants shelter and food, before putting them on busses and taking them away; ridding their town of the burdensome migrants they claim to support.
Washington, D.C., mayor Muriel Bowser has also said her city “is not a border town,” is “not Texas,” and doesn’t have the infrastructure to handle this type of and level of immigration to our city.”
The poll also shows voters believe ending illegal immigration is important. 83 percent of respondents said it was important, 55 percent said it would have a positive effect on the economy, and 44 percent said it would “significantly reduce crime.”
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