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BREAKING: Reps. Arrington, Babin to lead Texas border trip at the end of the month

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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.”

RELATED:‘Absolute catastrophe’: Babin slams Mayorkas for defending Biden admin border policies

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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DHS Secretary Mayorkas Says We Cannot Remove ‘11 Million Undocumented Individuals’ Unlawfully in U.S.

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Troubling details were unearthed during the questioning of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas by the Senate Judiciary Committee ranking member Chuck Grassley (R-IA). Grassley asked Mayorkas about a DHS memo from September 30 which reads: “The fact an individual is a removable noncitizen will not alone be the basis of an enforcement action against them.”

“Does that reasoning apply to the [1.2] million illegal immigrants who have received due process and been given a final order of removal by an immigration judge?” Grassley asked Mayorkas.

“We cannot remove 1.2 million individuals, nor can we remove more than 11 million undocumented individuals, individuals who are unlawfully present in the United States, who might not have final orders of removal” Mayorkas answered.

Mayorkas also stated that he had issued the due process policy after drawing on “tremendous experience not only as a member of the Department of Homeland Security but as a federal prosecutor.”

Grassley pressed Mayorkas, asking, “should any of them be removed?”

“Of course,” Mayorkas said. “I do believe that individuals who pose a public safety threat, who pose a national security threat, who pose a border security threat, should be removed, and we should be smart and effective in our use of resources, and we should focus on the well-being of our communities and prioritize individuals for removal.”

In his opening statements, Grassley addressed Mayorkas and stated, “When you allow the ACLU and open-borders immigration activists rather than career law enforcement professionals to dictate the terms of your immigration and border policies, then you shouldn’t be surprised when record-shattering numbers of people start showing up at the border to take advantage of that.”

Grassley continued, “When you run DHS like it’s an ‘Abolish ICE’ fan club, you shouldn’t be surprised when you have an illegal immigration crisis on your hands.”

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