(RightIsRight.co) – BREAKING NOW: With the horrid events of 9/11 still in mind, Republican Senators John Barrasso, John Cornyn, Ted Cruz, and Pete Ricketts have vociferously criticized the Biden administration’s approach to border control after Border Patrol agents intercepted immigrants carrying explosive devices designed for terrorism.
Senator Barrasso, acting as the Senate Republican Conference chairman, expressed grave concerns during a press conference. “We have just returned from our southern border, and it is painfully clear that with Joe Biden’s open border policy, our country is really at an increased threat for a terrorist attack,” he stated.
After the visit to the border, Senator Ricketts echoed Barrasso’s apprehensions about potential terrorist threats. Senator Cruz, a frequent visitor to southwest Texas, shared that Border Patrol agents feel demoralized as their efforts to apprehend dangerous individuals are undermined by their superiors who release them.
Cruz also raised concerns about minors accompanied by older men, questioning the authenticity of their familial relationships. “We know under the Trump administration when they DNA tested grown men with children about 30% of them were not related to the kids. That’s because you get preferential treatment if you arrive as a family unit,” Cruz explained.
During a Senate Homeland Committee hearing, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas disclosed over 600,000 known border evasions in the fiscal year 2023.
The Biden administration has requested an additional $14 billion for border operations, including processing and support for states and communities impacted by migrant releases. The White House asserts that this funding will cover transportation, alternative housing options, and resources for expedited removal.
However, Republican lawmakers argue that this funding will expedite asylum processing without addressing the influx of migrants.
They advocate for reinstating Title 42, a policy from the COVID-19 era that allowed for rapid expulsion of illegal entrants.
Senator Cornyn emphasized the lack of repercussions for illegal entry exploited by criminal organizations. Senator Barrasso criticized the proposed funding as a facilitator for easier entry.
Data from the Customs and Border Protection website revealed that over 900,000 illegal immigrants were released into the U.S. in fiscal year 2023, with a significant number in September alone.
Most were given notices to appear in court at future dates, often years away.
As Congress prepares to negotiate a supplemental funding package, GOP lawmakers, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, advocate for stringent border security measures. McConnell emphasized the need for credible border security provisions and indicated potential changes to the proposed supplemental funding.