Texas Dem blasts Biden on border crisis: ‘Only see people coming, no images of people going back’

A Texas Democrat joined the chorus blasting President Joe Biden’s inaction on the worsening border crisis, even slamming mishandled optics.

“…if you don’t have repercussions at the border, people are going to see the border as a speed bump…”

(Video: Fox News)

Title 42 is scheduled to expire May 11 and, with that, officials are bracing for a new surge in illegal entry into the United States. The anticipated end of the expedited deportation that had facilitated 2.8 million expulsions since March 2020 already has led to massive lines of illegal aliens crossing over from Mexico.

Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) joined “Fox News Sunday” to discuss the latest surge with host Shannon Bream and pointed out that even former President Barack Obama had at least provided images of illegals being sent back.

“Right now, the only image that we see is people coming in. No images of people going back. So, yes, the American public is frustrated,” the Texas congressman said.

The remark came after Bream pointed out that 61 percent of voters disapprove of Biden’s handling of immigration as the administration pointed the blame at Congress. However, Cuellar noted that Obama, though failing to pass reforms that progressives have clamored for, had at least been using Title 8 to enforce immigration laws.

“You know, if you look at the last two years, yes, you’ve had over 4.3 million individuals that have been encountered by Border Patrol. That doesn’t include the getaways,” the lawmaker detailed. “So far, as of Friday, we had about a two percent increase at the same time, we’ve had over — I think it’s about 1.2 million individuals so far, and the fiscal year is still not over.”

To capture the true extent of the border crisis, Cuellar referred to the current state as being “almost like a mini U.N. down there,” as he outlined aliens from “over 60 countries” were gathering at the U.S.-Mexico border to gain entry.

“Surely, we’re seeing people coming in, the border is open. There are some policies that in my opinion should have been implemented some years ago. We need to have a very simple thing at the border, repercussions. That is, people that are supposed to stay here, should be able to stay under the law,” he noted. “And if they have to be returned, they have to be returned quickly.”

“You got to have some repercussions because if you don’t have repercussions at the border, people are going to see the border as a speed bump, and they’ll be coming in at this time. So we’ve got to have repercussions at the border,” the congressman reiterated.

Ahead of May 11, the Department of Defense acknowledged a request from the Department of Homeland Security to send 1,500 U.S. troops to serve in administrative and transport roles at the border, allowing agents from U.S. Customs and Border Protection to resume their regular law enforcement duties.

Kevin Haggerty


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