MISSION, Texas – Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., saw firsthand the situation on the southern border on Friday, and called on the Biden administration to take action,
“That it can’t go on” Blackburn told Fox News on a night tour of the border, when asked what his takeaway was from what he saw. “That you have to find a way to secure this southern border, the security of our country and our sovereignty depends on resolving this issue.”
The Tennessee lawmaker said the border crisis is the number one issue for his constituents, specifically human trafficking, sex trafficking, drug trafficking and other effects it has on non -border states.
“Kasi [President] Biden can’t secure this border, every town is a border town, every state is a border state and Tennesseans are worried about it, ”he told Fox, as the gunshots rang behind him from the Mexican side of the border.
Earlier in the day, Blackburn received a briefing from Texas Department of Public Safety officials, which saw chases on vehicles full of illegal immigrants rise by up to 1,000% in some areas in same period last year, as well as a significant haul of illegal drugs arriving at the border. The Border Patrol has captured 1.1 million illegal migrants in the state of Texas alone, DPS officials said.
Blackburn also toured a river in South Texas, inspected unfinished parts of the border wall and met sheriffs, as well as ranchers affected by the influx of illegal migrants arriving at the border.
The Ranchers showed the senator how their fences were destroyed and outlined the enormous cost of repairing them that was left to them, along with the cost of rotating their lost cattle and losing crops.
“It’s something they have to deal with, they’ve done nothing wrong, it’s just near their border,” he said.
As the Biden administration seeks to place the blame on the Trump administration’s turmoil and root causes such as poverty, corruption and violence in Central America, ranchers and others have blamed the blame on the Biden administration’s policies – and asked if why they haven’t heard from top officials like Vice President Kamala Harris.
“Where is Kamala? Where is he?” Question of a farmer. “How could he not come down here?”
Blackburn also spent time talking to members of the Border Patrol, some of whom said ending the border wall, re-instating the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) and ending the “catch-and-release “are key steps to stop the surge that has seen more than 200,000 encounters in July and August.
“They also want to make a definite stay in Title 42,” he said, referring to the Trump-era mandate that allows for rapid deportation of migrants because of the COVID-19 pandemic. “They’re too worried about the health care implications.”
However, any hope that the Biden administration would change course on the wall was dashed as the Department of Homeland Security said on Friday that it was canceling more border wall contracts in Laredo and the Rio Grande Valley.
Blackburn told Fox how, in addition to restoring Trump’s timeline policies, he also supported stricter penalties for smugglers and drug traffickers, including those engaging in such activities to be prevented. in receipt of the welfare of taxpayers.
“One thing that stands out to me is how many of these smugglers and drug runners live in government housing, they get government benefits, and their haste on the side is working as a smuggler, drug mule. or a trafficker – and when you catch someone they should immediately lose all benefits, ”she said.
But on the night tour of the border, which Fox News also attended, Border Patrol agents encountered a number of groups of migrant family units heading to the nearest border station, some with very little child. The Border Patrol has put up superior signs pointing to processing stations so that migrants do not disappear.
Migrants, agents warned, could be released within the United States immediately that night or the next morning if they were not eligible for removal under Title 42.