Senator John Kennedy (Republican) said on Sunday that he believed that the Biden administration could curb the influx of illegal immigrants to the southern border of the United States if it reinstated the policies of former President Donald Trump.
“All you have to do is talk to the members of the border guard. They will tell you straight. All we have to do is what we were doing before President Biden. It’s just going back, “Kennedy said. Fox News Sunday Morning Future.. “President Biden has undone everything the Republican Parliament and the Trump administration have done.
“It will be fixed in a week,” he said.
The United States has faced a large influx of illegal immigrants, especially from unaccompanied minors, in recent weeks. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mallorcas said last week that the government was still accepting unaccompanied minors who arrived illegally while families and single adults were being expelled at the border.
The influx of unaccompanied minors overwhelmed border facilities and resources and urged governments to build overflow facilities to accommodate migrants under more “humanitarian” policies. However, the administration has been unable to keep up with the flow of illegal border crossings, raising concerns that detention facilities will become overcrowded during the pandemic.
As of March 23, more than 16,500 unaccompanied migrant children were detained by either the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) or the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), according to the HHS Children’s and Family Affairs Bureau. It was.
Republican lawmakers argue that the fast-growing crisis is the result of President Joe Biden’s move to overturn some Trump-era immigration policies that helped curb the flow of illegal border crossings. Did. This effectively ended the problematic “catch and release” policy and significantly stopped the surge in illegal immigrants seen on the southern border in 2019, the underlying immigration protection of his predecessor. Contains the protocol.
Returning to the Obama-era policy of promoting “catch and release,” the Biden administration has once again released unaccompanied minors into the country. Lawmakers argue that Biden’s actions have been interpreted as a signal to future immigrants traveling to the United States.
Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who led a delegation of Republican Senators to the border on Friday, described the border situation as a “painful” humanitarian crisis, “a direct result of the Biden administration’s policy decisions.” called.
“This needs to be stopped. It’s a crisis, a tragedy, an artificial crisis. This was avoided. This could be prevented,” said Senator Texas.
Meanwhile, the Biden administration is trying to shift responsibility for the administration of former President Donald Trump, who said the former administration was “orderly and humane to allow children to claim under the United States. The law of the country that shattered the efficient way. “
The number of illegal family units (19,246) and unaccompanied minors (9,457) was 7,294 family units and 5,585 unaccompanied minors, 4,404 family units and 4,993 companions in December 2020. Significant increase in February compared to minors without.
Similarly, the United States faced Rapid increase in enforcement The number of encounters in February was 100,441, compared to 78,442 in January, 74,018 in December, and 72,111 in November.
“President Biden, or if he hasn’t made a decision, the people he’s in charge of believe in open borders,” Kennedy added.
“They think it’s a racist to judge people at the border. I and every other country in the world think it’s wise. We’re doing it now. It is dangerous, costly, puts downward pressure on wages, and unconditionally undermines the rule of law and illegal immigrants. “
Kennedy, who joined Cruz’s delegation on Friday, also advised Biden to go to the border and visit the facility. The president had previously indicated to reporters that he had plans to do so, but did not provide specific details about when to visit.