House Republicans on the Judiciary and Oversight committees say Biden’s approach to the border crisis is creating chaos that ‘benefitted smugglers and cartels’ while putting ‘vulnerable migrants’ at risk in their new report (Biden pictured at a Cabinet meeting Tuesday)
A damning new report by House Republicans has accused President Biden and Democratic lawmakers of having ‘no plan’ and ‘no intention’ to fix the worsening border crisis that they ‘precipitated’.
GOP members of the House Judiciary and Oversight committees are accusing Biden of taking action to ‘unwind the Trump Administration’s successful immigration policies on the border and in the interior,’ including his directive to DHS to ‘preserve and fortify DACA’ and halting Trump’s border wall construction.
‘The resulting chaos has benefitted smugglers and cartels, while incentivizing illegal activity that puts certain vulnerable migrants… at risk,’ the report states.
More than one million migrants have been apprehended at the southern border since October, according to data from Customs and Border Protection, with the number increasing each month.
CPB just announced Friday that more than 188,000 migrants were encountered at the border in June, a spike of nearly 10,000 from May.
The number of migrants encountered at the border between January and May is five times what it was the previous year under President Trump.
‘Democrats are in denial about the crisis on the border and its root causes, and instead, have actively opposed Republican legislative solutions,’ the new report, first obtained by Fox News, states.
The comment takes a hit at the Biden administration’s effort to tackle the crisis.
The number of migrants encountered at the border between January and May of 2021 is five times what it was the previous year during the same window under President Trump (pictured: a migrant from Central America crosses a fence after being detailed by CBP on July 15)
More than 2.3 million people could cross into the US by the end of 2021, CBP data projects (pictured: Central American migrants being detailed by a Border Patrol agent after crossing into the US on July 15)
The White House has taken steps to help combat what it calls the ‘root causes’ of the immigration crisis by advocating for a $4 billion investment in Central America and even sending Vice President Kamala Harris to Guatemala and Mexico, where she plead with people there not to attempt the journey to the US.
Harris also visited the southern border on June 25, after mounting pressure from Republican lawmakers and Trump’s announcement that he would make his own border trip.
‘Instead of focusing on deterrent policies and enforcing current law, the Biden Administration has attempted to shift the narrative to a “root causes” approach, blaming everything from President Trump to climate change for the current border crisis,’ Republicans claim.
‘The true “root causes” of the current border crisis are the Biden Administration’s reckless rhetoric and policies, which quickly and haphazardly rolled back successful deterrent policies implemented by President Trump. Sending additional taxpayer money to Central American countries as a solution to the border crisis does not address the underlying issues fueling the crisis.’
Customs and Border Protection revealed that 188,829 migrants were stopped at the southwest border in June
More than 2.3 million people could cross into the US by the end of 2021, if the pace of apprehensions and those who avoid detection remain the same.
House Republicans’ report says Biden’s ‘far-left approach to immigration’ and reversal of ‘bold’ Trump-era immigration policies directly encouraged migrants to make the dangerous journey to the US border.
‘Migrants have repeatedly told the media that the reason they are coming to the U.S. is due to their perception that the Biden administration will let them into the country,’ the report states.
GOP lawmakers claim an estimated 1,000 people per day successfully cross the border undetected – pointing out that they likely aren’t tested for COVID-19, either.
Out of those who were apprehended, ICE at one point ‘estimated that 16% of aliens coming into their custody after being apprehended by CBP were testing positive for COVID-19.’
The report goes on to outline Republican lawmakers’ efforts to speak with Vice President Kamala Harris and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas about the ongoing crisis – some of which went unanswered.
Republicans have criticized the Biden administration’s approach of tackling the ‘root causes’ of illegal immigration, as well as Vice President Kamala Harris’ apparent delay in visiting the southern border (pictured here in Guatemala on June 7)
‘On April 19, 2021, Ranking Members Comer, Jordan, and Katko sent a letter to Vice President Kamala Harris asking for a meeting with her to clarify her role in solving the Biden Border Crisis given that she had taken no actions at the time to alleviate the situation. Vice President Harris ignored this letter,’ it states.
House Republicans ended the 38-page report by restating the severity of the border crisis, urging Biden to cease its ‘haphazard reactionary approach.’
‘The situation is dire and will persist until the Administration reverses course and works with Congress to fix the incentives driving these historically high levels of illegal immigration.
‘Democrats are in denial about the crisis on the border and the causes for it and have actively opposed Republican solutions in the past,’ it reads.
‘The Biden Administration needs to implement deterrent policies and Congress needs to act to provide long-term change.’