A border state House Democrat tore into President Biden on Wednesday for not showing enough urgency on the southern border immigration crisis — claiming the situation is spiraling out of control.
Representative Henry Cuellar (D-TX) said CNN’s Caitlan Collins said communities in her state will soon be “overwhelmed” by migrants crossing the Rio Grande from Mexico into Texas, and the 80-year-old president will have to be “shown” at the border. members of affected communities and law enforcement agencies.
“I don’t know why they say there are more important things than running away from the border and going to the border. See if there is a crisis. “Just see,” Cuellar said exasperated.
“Just showing up at the border, being there, it sends a strong signal to the communities that he cares about the border communities. Just look! “It doesn’t take much to just show up at the border,” Cuellar pleaded.
When asked by Collins whether he believed the Biden administration would approach the crisis with any “rush,” Cuellar said he didn’t think so.
“I don’t think they do, or if they do, they have a completely different perspective,” the congressman said. “It’s good to listen to immigration activists. It’s good to do that. But who will listen to the men and women in green and blue and who will listen to our border communities?
Cuellar added that with Asylum 42, a policy that allows the government to quickly deport migrants without allowing them to seek asylum, ends next week, making things worse for communities near the border.
“Communities are going to be overwhelmed,” Cuellar said. “We’ve seen it in the past in the Rio Grande Valley and Del Rio. They will be overflowing.”
Last week, Biden neglected to visit the border during a trip to Arizona to give a speech at a computer chip factory. To the reporter’s question why the trip does not include a stop at the border, the president answered: “Because there are more important things going on.”
Since Biden took office, the border has seen a historic high number of immigrants, including more than 2.4 million in the last fiscal year.