Congress is bracing for an all-out battle over the growing crisis on the southern border. On Monday, Mar. 15, a delegation of approximately a dozen Republican Congress members will tour the Texas southern border and begin to address the influx of illegal immigration activity.
The border crisis has been an ongoing hot topic since 2016 under then-President Trump. Most recently, the dispute on how to handle the US-Mexico border came to light when House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy sent a detailed letter to President Biden asking for a meeting to discuss the situation. Numerous media outlets have reported that Biden has yet to respond.
Why it matters
Earlier this week, Reuters confirmed that U.S. border agents encountered approximately 100,411 migrants across the southern border. Out of the 100,411 individuals who crossed over, almost 9,500 were unaccompanied minors.
A few Democrats are voicing their concerns with the Biden administration. Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) vocalized his criticism of the response to the ongoing border issue. “I think, because of the pandemic, it’s going to be a humanitarian crisis very, very soon,” said Cuellar.
Unlike the previous administration, Biden’s White House team has been vocal about a “humane approach” toward migrants, especially those who are underage.
In the three months that Biden has been in office, he has reinstated the Central American Minors Program. The program allows for those under the age of 18 to complete their asylum application while living in their home countries. So, during the asylum process, children can remain in their homes instead of taking on the challenge of journeying to the border. Throughout its lifetime, the program has “reunited nearly 5,000 children with their families.”
The stats, continued
Despite the success of programs like CAM, statistics continue to overwhelm law enforcement along the border.
Troy Miller, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol’s senior official performing the Commissioner’s duties, noted that this is the highest monthly total since the middle of 2019, a 28% increase over January 2021.
“Those who attempt to cross the border without going through ports of entry should understand that they are putting themselves and their families in danger, especially during the pandemic. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the border is not open, and the vast majority of people are being returned under Title 42,” he said.
Bold TV reached out to a Department of Homeland Security staffer on the southern border’s growing immigration concerns but did not yet receive a comment.
Those who live along the border continue to be impacted differently and to be vocal about their concerns. Fred Davis, a veteran Arizona rancher, exclusively told Bold TV, “Right now, President Biden has tied the hands of ICE agents.” Davis believes we will see a humanitarian crisis. “I live [down] here, and we have four-year-olds crossing without their parents.”
Where is Bold TV exclusively going?
With the immigration crisis reclaiming center stage, Bold TV will be giving readers an all-access pass to the 1,954 miles along the southern border for the next week.