Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Tex.), on Thursday, March 4, expressed his concern that the U.S. is facing an impending immigration crisis at the border.
“We are weeks, maybe even days, away from a crisis on the southern border,” Cuellar said.
In a Friday tweet, Cuellar said the country is “currently unprepared to handle a surge in migrants in the middle of this pandemic.”
“I urge the Biden administration to listen and work with the communities on the southern border who are dealing with this influx. Inaction is not an option,” he added.
Our country is currently unprepared to handle a surge in migrants in the middle of this pandemic. I urge the Biden administration to listen and work with the communities on the southern border who are dealing with this influx.
Inaction is not an option. https://t.co/bm7IMSzFGS
— Rep. Henry Cuellar (@RepCuellar) March 4, 2021
The congressman reportedly released statistics that showed 10,000 immigrants were apprehended last week and over 2,500 in just the last few days in the Rio Grande Valley region.
“The number of unaccompanied kids, the number of families that are coming in are just increasing every day. In my district, just a couple of days ago, 166 people [crossed the border] … So it’s not a crisis yet, but it’s going to get there very soon,” Cuellar told Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom” on Tuesday.
According to KGNS, Cuellar also feared transporting and releasing migrants in different cities could expose border communities to the CCP Virus (coronavirus.)
“If they do not go to an NGO, then they go straight to the bus station, and no one is checking them or testing them for COVID-19, Border Patrol does not do that,” he said.
President Joe Biden has moved to reverse the Trump administration’s immigration policies. Biden ended the “Remain in Mexico” policy, in which migrants were returned to Mexico to await their hearings instead of being allowed into the United States. He also ordered a pause on funding for the border wall and revoked Trump’s delay on green card applicants entering the country because of the CCP Virus pandemic. Separately, he has pushed for pathways to citizenship for illegal immigrants in the country already.
In a new statement released on Friday, Former President Trump blasted the Biden administration for a “spiraling tsunami” at the border.
“The spiraling tsunami at the border is overwhelming local communities, depleting budgets, crowding hospitals, and taking jobs from legal American workers,” he said. “When I left office, we had achieved the most secure border in our country’s history. Under Biden, it will soon be worse, more dangerous, and more out of control than ever before. He has violated his oath of office to uphold our Constitution and enforce our laws.”
Before leaving the White House, Trump completed more than 450 miles of the border wall, his signature campaign promise.
On Friday, Texas Republican lawmaker Rep. Bryan Slaton (R-Canton) filed legislation to finish Trump’s border, according to The Texan.