MISSION, Texas Senator Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., Saw on its own the situation at the southern border Friday and called on the Biden administration to take action,
“That this cannot continue,” Blackburn told Fox News during a tour of the night at the border when asked what she had brought with her from what she had seen. “That you must find a way to secure this southern border, the security of our nation and our sovereignty depends on getting this problem solved.”
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The Tennessee lawmaker said the crisis at the border was the number one issue for her voters, especially human trafficking, sex trafficking, drug trafficking and other effects it has on countries outside the border.
“Because [President] The bite will not secure this border, every city is a border town, every state is a border state, and Tennesseans are very concerned about this, “she told Fox when shots rang behind her from the Mexican side of the border.
Earlier in the day, Blackburn received a briefing from Texas Department of Public Safety officials who have seen chases of vehicles loaded with illegal immigrants increase by as much as 1,000% in some areas over the same period last year, as well as a significant drag of illegal drugs. coming across the border. Border Patrol has arrested 1.1 million illegal migrants in the state of Texas alone, DPS officials say.
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Blackburn also toured a river in southern Texas, saw unfinished sections of the border wall and met with sheriffs as well as ranchers who had been affected by the rise in illegal migrants coming across the border.
Ranchers showed the senator how their fences had been destroyed and outlined the enormous cost of repairing those left to them, along with the cost of rounding up their cattle and losing crops.
“It’s something they have to deal with, they have not done anything wrong, it’s just that their ranches and farms are close to the border,” she said.
While the Biden administration has tried to blame the increase in the Trump administration and root causes such as poverty, corruption and violence in Central America, the ranchers and others blamed the Biden administration’s policies – and asked why they have not heard from top officials such as Vice President Kamala Harris.
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“Where is Kamala? Where the hell is she?” asked a rancher. “Why hasn’t she come down here?”
Blackburn also spent time talking to border patrol members, a number of whom said the completion of the border wall, the reinstatement of the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) and the completion of “catch-and-release” are important moves that would stop the increase that has seen more than 200,000 meetings in July and August.
“They also want to make certain Section 42 stays,” she said, referring to the order of the Trump era, which allows for rapid deportation of migrants because of the COVID-19 pandemic. “They are very concerned about the consequences of healthcare.”
However, any hope that the Biden administration would change course on the wall was eradicated when the Department of Homeland Security announced Friday that it was canceling even more border wall contracts in the Laredo and Rio Grande valleys.
Blackburn told Fox how, in addition to restoring Trump-era border policies, she also supported stricter sanctions for smugglers and drug traffickers, including those who engage in such activities must be barred from receiving taxpayer-funded welfare.
“One thing that was quite remarkable to me was how many of these smugglers and drug addicts live in government housing, they get public benefits, and their side guards act like a smuggler, drug lord or a road user – and when you catch someone they should immediately lose all these benefits, ”she said.
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But on the night tour of the border, which Fox News also participated in, border patrol agents encountered a number of groups of migrant family units taking their way to the nearest border station, some with very young children. Border Patrol has put up laminated signs pointing towards the processing stations so migrants are not lost.
These migrants, the agents warned, could be released into the U.S. interior as soon as that night or the following morning if they were not eligible for removal under Section 42.