FILE – Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, questions Postmaster General Louis DeJoy during a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing on the Postal Service on Capitol Hill, Monday, Aug. 24, 2020, in Washington.(Tom Williams/Pool via AP)
UPDATED 8:39 AM PT – Friday, April 9, 2021
More Republican lawmakers are commenting on the dire situation at the U.S.-Mexico border.
On Wednesday, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) said the surge of illegal immigration is indeed overwhelming Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials. He and other GOP lawmakers inspected a federal border facility in Donna, Texas earlier this week and reported witnessing “chaos from every corner.”
This included seeing dozen’s of migrant children confined to tightly-spaced areas. Some reports have claimed federal authorities are using a large play-pen with mats on the floor as bedding alternatives.
“Last month, was the busiest month in history for Border Patrol since they’ve been keeping records,” Jordan stated. “We saw one pod that was supposed to have 33 kids in this confined space area and they had 52, so that to me is overwhelming.”
Meanwhile, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) reported a record surge of migrant children crossing the southern border in March with nearly 19,000 minors traveling alone.
FILE – In this March 30, 2021, file photo, young unaccompanied migrants, from ages 3 to 9, watch television inside a playpen at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility, the main detention center for unaccompanied children in the Rio Grande Valley, in Donna, Texas. U.S. authorities say they picked up nearly 19,000 children traveling alone across the Mexican border in March. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills, Pool, File)