Sen. Blackburn to Newsmax: Biden Border Policies Make Every Town a 'Border Town' (Newsmax/"American Agenda")
By Charles Kim | Wednesday, 22 September 2021 06:46 PM
Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., told Newsmax Wednesday that President Joe Biden’s open border policies are turning every town in the country into a “border town.”
“This is the Biden border policy, and when I talk to Tennesseans, they're saying this is intentional. They feel like that the administration is intentionally carrying this out,” Blackburn said during “American Agenda” Wednesday. “This is their border policy – open the border. Let people come in and send them to states all across this country, turn every state into a border state, and every town into a border town as they try to deal with the impact of drugs, of health issues, providing services, and shifting that cost of caring for these illegal immigrants to all of these communities.”
The southern border is dealing with a record number of illegal migrants from many countries besides Mexico and Central America coming across the border.
Last month was the second month this year that saw more than 200,000 encounters with Border Patrol officers, totaling more than 1 million so far this year.
Blackburn said that since Biden took office in January, the cartels, drug, and human traffickers, have been advertising the open border policies on social media, and end up making money as the illegal migrants’ flock to the United States from countries like Haiti, which currently comprises most of the more than 15,000 migrants in makeshift camps under the Del Rio International Bridge in Texas.
“The fact that the Biden administration basically put out the welcome mat and said, ‘y'all come,’ and the cartels have taken that information and what are they doing with it? They're posting it on Facebook, on social media in these countries, and then the cartels are making the money,” she said. “It is amazing that the people that are benefiting from this are the drug traffickers, the human traffickers, the sex traffickers, all of these cartels, they're making millions of dollars every week because every person that is coming to that border illegally is coming through a cartel. They don't just walk up and come across the border. They have paid a cartel to get them here.”
Department of Homeland security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas told a Senate committee Tuesday that the administration was using Title 42 to weed out and deport migrants based on the COVID-19 pandemic, and that it is putting a plan in place to regain control of the border.
“We are implementing the plan, Sen. (Josh) Hawley, and I can walk through the measures we’ve taken,” Mayorkas responded during the hearing before the Senate Homeland Security Committee.
When asked by the Missouri Republican how many of the migrants under the bridge were being deported, detained, or moved to other locations, Mayorkas said he did not have that information immediately available.
DHS did announce Sept. 18 that it was sending 400 more agents to the border, and it would be providing flights away from the area for 2,000-3,000 migrants each day to get them to other processing centers.
The agency also said it was providing supplies for the humanitarian needs of the migrants still encamped there, including portable toilets, towels, water, and medical attention.
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