Republican Senators Visit Southern Border Hours Before Title 42 Expires
The Immigration Crisis
Republican Senators Ted Cruz, John Hoeven, Ted Budd, and Roger Marshall visited the southern border on Thursday to bring attention to the unprecedented immigration crisis. During their visit, they blamed President Joe Biden for causing the worst immigration crisis in the nation’s history. The senators toured the Camp Monument border patrol outpost, which was once a public golf course, and spoke with Border Patrol agents.
The End of Title 42
The visit came just hours before the end of Title 42, a public health measure that allowed law enforcement to quickly deport aliens. The senators warned that the end of Title 42 could lead to even more illegal border crossings, with federal estimates suggesting that southern border crossings could reach more than 14,000 a day for weeks, if not months.
The senators unanimously blamed the Biden administration for the problem and suggested simple solutions, such as the “Remain in Mexico” policy, which would dramatically curtail illegal border crossings. The “Remain in Mexico” policy, instituted by former President Donald Trump, forced aliens to wait in Mexico before their immigration court hearing in the United States.
Border Patrol agents warned the Republican senators that the high number of illegal border crossings will make it easier for Mexican cartels to smuggle drugs, such as fentanyl, into the United States. In some hundred-mile-plus swaths of the southern border, only four agents are on patrol while the rest perform administrative tasks.
The Politicalization of the Issue
“This used to be a bipartisan issue, but in the last several years, President Joe Biden has politicized it,” said Budd. “He’s let this issue lay dormant. It’s just gotten worse and worse.”
The senators urged President Biden to come and see the camps for himself and take action to address the immigration crisis.
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