McAllen, Texas (KVEO)—Several Texas House members took a trip to the U.S.-Mexico border in South Texas.
Congressman Jodey Arrington and Rep. Brian Babi lead a Texas Congressional Delegation trip to assess the partisan divide in how the Biden administration is responding to the migrant situation from McAllen, Laredo, and Carrizo Springs.
Members met with local stakeholders such as local law enforcement, landowners, small business owners, and health care providers; visit with U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officials, the Maritime Boundary Line off the coast of Corpus Christi, the McAllen Drug Enforcement Administration district office, visited the border wall, the Port of Entry at Laredo, and the Carrizo Springs Influx Care Facility.
“This is one of the most serious questions and issues that we have and that this country is facing and that is an open border,” said Babin during a press conference Tuesday morning.
Babin believes the influx of migrants to the southern border is a product of the Biden administration.
“There are 5,700 undocumented immigrants that are in the Donna facility right now,” said Babin. “At a cost of millions of dollars every single week.”
Last week, Senator Ted Cruz noted that the migrant holding facility in Donna is well-over its capacity limit.
“The Donna facility is a giant tent city,” said Cruz during a press conference. “Built with a capacity of 250, it has nearly 4,000 in it, we saw cages after, after cages.”
“We found out yesterday they don’t even do COVID testing unless these migrants are showing signs of symptoms,” said Babin.
During the press conference, Congressman Arrington urged the Biden administration to visit the Southern Border.
“We are running out of control with absolute chaos,” said Arrington. “Yes, it is a public safety crisis, yes, it is a humanitarian crisis, but I will submit to you, it is a constitutional crisis.”
“The Biden administration and the United States Federal Government is not in control of the border, the cartels are in control of the border,” said Arrington.
The rest of the lawmakers joining the trip condemned the Biden administration for the events occurring with migrants at the southern border during the press conference.
“The Biden Border crisis is an absolute catastrophe, travesty,” said Rep. Randy Weber. “Weren’t the Biden’s the ones that got money from the Russians, from the Chinese, and from Ukrainians.?”
Rep. Beth Van Duyne stressed the media should be allowed access to the facilities along the border.
“Journalists have to write about this,” said Van Duyne. “All of us were told not to take pictures, don’t take videos.”
Former Acting Commissioner of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Mark Morgan, former Acting Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Tom Homan, and President of National Border Patrol Council Brandon Judd joined members on the trip.
“You can argue all you want, you can hate President Trump, but no one can argue the fact that he gave us the most secure border in my life and my career,” said Homan. “The numbers don’t lie, everyone wants to say it’s seasonal. Last March 33,000 apprehensions, this March 150,000 apprehensions.”
“Don’t tell me that our borders are closed, as far as the border is being secured Mr. Secretary that’s another lie,” said Morgan.
Last week, Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz visited the Rio Grande Valley to tour the border alongside local border officials.
Senator Cornyn echoed that sentiment at a press conference and stated this situation has put a strain on Border Patrol officials as well as migrants who are being contained in closed areas.
President Joe Biden was repeatedly pressed to defend his migration policy along the border with Mexico. He said the increase in migration was cyclical.