WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) spoke on the Senate floor about the crisis along the southern border, which has grown exponentially since the implementation of President Biden’s policies.
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MRS. BLACKBURN: Thank you, Madam President.
The southern border. The situation at our southern border has
devolved into chaos. That is what I am hearing from some of my former
House colleagues who have been on that border today.
According to them, we are once again facing a crisis. Thirteen days
ago, Customs and Border Protection announced that they were deploying
more agents to help manage the spike and apprehensions of adults and
unaccompanied alien children.
Then, last Monday, news broke that Homeland Security Secretary
Alejandro Mayorkas had sent an email to DHS staff begging for
volunteers to go to the border and help with logistics and humanitarian
It is obvious they need help on the border. In January alone, the
Customs and Border Patrol detained nearly 78,000 people--more than
double the number of apprehensions in January of 2020.
In February, that number jumped to more than 100,000 arrests and
detentions. CBP took more than 9,000 unaccompanied minors into custody
that month, prompting the administration to open two overflow detention
centers to house them.
Listen to these numbers: 100,000 arrests and detentions in February;
9,000 unaccompanied minors being taken into custody that month--having
to open 2 overflow detention centers.
New data released last Wednesday shows that our agents are now
detaining more than 4,000 people along the border every single day--
4,000 every day.
Our facilities and resources are exhausted, and so are the agents
responsible for controlling this out-of-control situation.
It did not have to be this way. Secretary Mayorkas has accused the
Trump administration of ``dismantling our Nation's immigration
system.'' That is his quote. But if he wants to know who is really
responsible, he should look to the current White House.
I have stated time and again how disastrous President Biden's policy
of governing by Executive fiat has been. Thirty-four Executive orders
in his first 50 days--34.
Also, he has suspended construction of the border wall, jeopardizing
our national security. He has embraced DACA. He halted most
deportations. He cut domestic immigration arrests by 60 percent and
dismantled the migrant protection protocols.
This administration threw our existing immigration law out the window
and let the world know that when it comes to illegal entry, not only
will we look the other way, this administration is encouraging them to
come. Even their Cabinet nominees are playing by these new rules of
encouraging individuals to break our laws, to come to the country
illegally. They are encouraging this.
Last week, this Chamber voted to discharge Xavier Becerra's
nomination from committee. I voted no. He is one of the most flagrant
offenders out there when it comes to sending these signals. He has
openly admitted he would like to decriminalize illegal entry and offer
Medicaid to anyone who manages to get across the border.
They have made a lot of promises that they know they are not going to
be able to live up to, and now they are trying to walk it all
back, walk back the hope that sparked in thousands of people because
they have heard that the border was going to be open. They are even
wearing the T-shirts with the slogan, ``Biden, let us in.''
They are going to have to walk back the mess that is there on the
border, and I am fearful and concerned that their walk-backs are not
going to work because from what we are hearing about the border, they
have lost control of that border.
I look forward to traveling to the border for a briefing on the
situation. This administration does not want their critics to see what
is happening down there. There are days you would think they have got a
news blackout going at the border.
This isn't just a problem in Texas or California or Arizona or New
Mexico. Every town is a border town and every State is a border State
because of the drugs, the human trafficking, sex trafficking, and gangs
that are streaming across our border.
You know, it means that no matter how hard you try, you can't hide
the tragedy that inevitably unfolds when your immigration policy is to
have zero immigration policy at all, just open the border and let them
I yield the floor.