Nine Republican senators sent a barbed letter to the Biden administration that shined a spotlight on the current border crisis, and claimed President Joe Biden was largely responsible for the recent immigration surge.
The letter is led by Senate Judiciary Committee ranking member Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and signed by Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), John Kennedy (R-La.), and Thom Tillis (R-N.C.).
“Regardless of what the Biden Administration wants to call this current set of circumstances it has created, this surge in illegal immigration carries significant risks,” the letter reads. “It also imposes a heavy burden on public resources. Congress and the American people must have additional clarity about how DHS and HHS are addressing it.”
The letter highlights how Biden’s rhetoric and promises during the campaign fueled the current immigration crisis.
“During the presidential transition, then-President elect Biden made it clear that once in office, he would immediately begin rolling back immigration policies put in place to curtail illegal immigration, ensure careful vetting of asylum applicants, and protect U.S. national security interests,” the GOP senators wrote. “In keeping with this agenda, since January 20, President Biden and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have been aggressively reversing previous policies and replacing them with lax border security and enforcement policies that encourage immigrants to illegally migrate to the United States.”
The senators reference Biden’s “sweeping immigration proposal that, if passed, would grant mass amnesty with no strings attached to millions of illegal immigrants in the United States.” The Republicans note that the promise of citizenship combined with “no effort whatsoever to secure the southern border” has incentivized a massive surge in illegal immigration to the United States.