Senator Lindsey Graham and Congressman Henry Cuellar call on Biden to appoint a “border emperor”

Washington-A bipartisan pair of lawmakers calling on President Joe Biden to appoint a “border emperor” as the United States Keeps watching a large number of immigrants Come to the US-Mexico border.

Congressman Henry CuellarDemocrats and Senator Lindsey Graham, who have a district along the southern US border in Texas, said Friday they wanted Biden to appoint former Homeland Security Secretary Jay Johnson.

At a press conference on Friday, Quera said: Biden administration needs to listen to border communities Border guard officials about what is happening in the area.

“They don’t have to tap their backs. They need help across the border,” Quera said. “Something needs to change when it comes to border immigration issues.”

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Johnson was Secretary of Homeland Security from 2013 to 2017 under the Obama administration. When asked if he was interested in the position or if he was discussing the position with lawmakers and the Biden administration, Johnson replied, “No comment.”

Earlier this year, Roberta Jacobson, a former Mexican ambassador from 2016 to 2018, advised on the US-Mexico border. She resigned from that role earlier this year, saying it was only a temporary position.

Vice president Earlier this year, Kamala Harris was appointed to address the root cause of migration From Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. Harris said he was focusing on diplomatic relations with officials in these countries and Mexico, not at the border.but In June, Harris visited El PasoThere, she toured the El Paso Border Guard Station and the port of entry for El Paso del Norte.

was there US-Dramatic increase in children, families and adults of immigrants coming to Mexico This year is the border. The number of immigrants encountered by the Customs and Border Protection on the US-Mexico border reached a record high of 188,829 each year in June.

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Officials at the Customs and Border Protection in the Lower Rio Grande Valley, including parts of the Quera district, see the most encounters with immigrants at the border. From October to June, CBP authorities encountered 331,661 migrants in the Lower Rio Grande Valley area.

In the letter To Biden and DHS Secretary Alejandro Mallorcas, Quera and Graham cited an increase in COVID-19 cases in the Rio Grande Valley area among border guard personnel as a reason for someone to focus on border relations.

Despite the increasing number of cases of coronavirus among border guards, Border Guard Council President Brandon Judd said in a statement Thursday, “It is wrong to require a vaccine that is not fully approved by the FDA. I believe it is. “

FDA Is in the process of approving the vaccine, but an emergency use authorization for Shot has been issued.

Quera and Graham’s request was made by Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott, who said, “Anyone other than federal, state, or local law enforcement officers was illegally crossed the border or banished under the order of Title 42. Detained by (US Customs and Border Protection) for a person who would be. “

CBP staff have worked with local nonprofits along the border to help immigrants to the United States. The new order can cause problems for nonprofits that bring migrants in and out of the facility.

Attorney General Merrick Garland In the letter I asked Abbott to “cancel” the order. If not, Garland said, “We will pursue all appropriate legal remedies to ensure that Texas does not interfere with the functioning of the federal government.”

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