MISSION, Texas — Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., noticed firsthand the scenario on the southern border on Friday, and referred to as on the Biden administration to take motion,
“That this cannot continue” Blackburn advised Fox News throughout an evening tour of the border, when requested what her takeaway was from what she had seen. “That you have to find a way to secure this southern border, our nation’s security and our sovereignty depends on getting this issue solved.”
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The Tennessee lawmaker mentioned that the disaster on the border was the primary subject for her constituents, significantly the human trafficking, intercourse trafficking, drug trafficking and different results that it has on non-border states.
“Because [President] Biden will not secure this border, every town is a border town, every state is a border state and Tennesseans are very concerned about this,” she advised Fox, as gunshots rang out behind her from the Mexican facet of the border.
Earlier within the day, Blackburn obtained a briefing from Texas Department of Public Safety officers, who’ve seen pursuits of automobiles crammed with unlawful immigrants enhance by as a lot as 1,000% in some areas over the identical interval final 12 months, in addition to a major haul of unlawful medicine coming throughout the border. Border Patrol has apprehended 1.1 million unlawful migrants within the state of Texas alone, DPS officers mentioned.
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Blackburn additionally toured a riverine in South Texas, considered unfinished components of the border wall and met with sheriffs, in addition to ranchers who had been affected by the surge of unlawful migrants coming throughout the border.
Ranchers confirmed the senator how their fences had been destroyed and outlined the big prices of repairing them left as much as them, together with the price of rounding their cattle again up and shedding crops.
“This is something they have to deal with, they’ve done nothing wrong, it is just that their ranches and farms are close to the border,” she mentioned.
While the Biden administration has sought to place the blame for the surge on the Trump administration and root causes like poverty, corruption and violence in Central America, the ranchers and others pinned the blame on the Biden administration’s insurance policies — and requested why they haven’t heard from prime officers like Vice President Kamala Harris.
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“Where’s Kamala? Where in the hell is she?” one rancher requested. “How come she didn’t come down here?”
Blackburn additionally frolicked speaking to Border Patrol members, quite a lot of whom mentioned that ending the border wall, re-instating the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) and ending “catch-and-release” are key strikes that will cease the surge that has seen greater than 200,000 encounters in July and August.
“They also want to make certain Title 42 stays,” she mentioned, referring to the Trump-era order that permits for the speedy expulsion of migrants because of the COVID-19 pandemic. “They are very concerned about the healthcare implications.”
However, any hope that the Biden administration would change course on the wall was snuffed out because the Department of Homeland Security introduced Friday that it was canceling much more border wall contracts in Laredo and the Rio Grande Valley.
Blackburn advised Fox how, along with the restoration of Trump-era border insurance policies, she additionally backed stiffer penalties for smugglers and drug traffickers, together with that those that have interaction in such actions be barred from receiving taxpayer-funded welfare.
“One thing that was quite remarkable to me was how many of these smugglers and drug runners live in government housing, they get government benefits, and their side hustle is working as a smuggler, drug mule or a trafficker — and when you apprehend someone they should immediately lose all those benefits,” she mentioned.
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But on the night time tour of the border, which Fox News additionally attended, Border Patrol brokers encountered quite a lot of teams of migrant household models making their strategy to the closest border station, some with very young children. Border Patrol have put up laminated indicators pointing towards the processing stations so migrants do not get misplaced.
Those migrants, brokers warned, might be launched into the U.S. inside as quickly as that night time or the next morning in the event that they weren’t eligible to be eliminated below Title 42.