One Democratic and two Republican lawmakers from Texas are calling on President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris to take a trip to the Lone Star State so the two leaders can pay a visit to the border during the growing crisis.
Senator John Cornyn and Representatives Tony Gonzales and Henry Cuellar are worried that the United States is on track to receive “the highest number of total yearly border crossings in two decades” after close to one million immigrants, including “almost 80,000 unaccompanied children” have crossed the American border illegally over the past 8 months.
The lawmakers pointed out that the number of border crossings has skyrocketed during the Biden administration.
“The momentum for this crisis has been building for months, but no significant action has been taken to address it.” the lawmakers wrote. “The president and vice president have yet to even visit the border.”
The Texans lambasted Harris for saying “she is interested in doing work that leads to real results as opposed to ‘grand gestures,’” writing they shared the same interests.
“We agree, which is why we’ve spent significant time meeting with officials in Texas who are on the front lines of this humanitarian crisis,” they wrote, adding they’ve seen the effects of the cartels and criminal organizations abusing the U.S. immigration system.
The Texas lawmakers also noted their work with Cornyn’s fellow senator, Kyrsten Sinema on bipartisan legislation along with the “feedback” of “law enforcement, nongovernmental organizations, and community leaders who are expected to make up for the failures of the federal government” at the southern border.
“They lack the facilities and resources to fairly and humanely process the current influx of migrants, let alone many tens of thousands more every month,” the Texans wrote. “As the administration considers the best path forward, there has never been a more important time to hear from the men and women who live and work in border communities and have for decades.”
“Our message to President Biden and Vice President Harris is: Come to Texas. Visit the border. Listen to locals,” they concluded the opinion piece. “Take a look at our bipartisan bill. And let’s address this humanitarian crisis together.”
The three lawmakers warned that without a “transition plan, the administration will invite a complete and immediate overload of the system,” adding that “Border Patrol agents are already spread thin” due to the crisis that has grown out of control.