Republicans also allege that Senate Democrats are not taking border security seriously
Three Republicans on the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee (HSGAC) held a border security “roundtable” Wednesday in which they and several witnesses, including former Department of Homeland Security officials, blamed President Biden for the crisis at the Southwest border. ordained.
“why are we here?” Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Vis. asked to start the program. “Sen. Peters won’t listen.”
Gary Peters, D-Mich., is the president of HSGAC. The committee held a full hearing on lonely children at the border in May. And two subcommittees had hearings addressing border security in April and June. But the HSGAC has not taken up the issue since then.
Peters’ office did not respond to a request for comment from Granthshala News on Wednesday.
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Also presiding over Wednesday’s round table were Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., and HSGAC ranking member Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio. Among the witnesses were former Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Tom Homan and former Customs and Border Protection Acting Commissioner Mark Morgan.
Both Morgan and Homan allege that the Biden administration – which has seen a huge surge in border crossings under its watch – has not only failed to secure the border but has taken actions that have made the situation worse.
“We now have a president, the first president in my lifetime, who came into office and deliberately insecured the border,” Homan said. Homan said that Democrats “believe that they will remain in power by importing the Democratic electorate of the future.”
The White House did not respond to a request for comment.
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“What happens at the Southwest border doesn’t stay at the Southwest border,” Morgan said, adding that not only do many migrants travel across the country, but also drugs and more.
Former Border Patrol chief Rodney Scott, who was forced out by the Biden administration earlier this year for political reasons, said people are “smuggling narcotics, criminals and terrorists” across the border “at will.”
Also present at the roundtable were Sabine Durden-Coulter and Virginia Krieger, who lost children, they say, to border security.
“An illegal alien killed my only child,” Durden-Coulter said in a car accident. “He was killed by an illegal alien repeat offender.”
“My daughter Tiffany died of a single pill in 2015” was meant to look like a commercially available Percocet, but which was actually fentanyl, Krieger alleged, adding that it was probably the fentanyl that caused the south-west. Came across the western border. “It’s a crisis that has gone under the radar… They’re not addicted, they’re just young people who have life problems but are dying now.”
Morgan, Homan and Scott also mourned the transportation of migrants from the border into the interior of the country, where many were released. And he alleged that Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials were losing faith in Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Meyerkas.
“I am being told that morale is at a historically low level among border patrol agents,” Morgan said.
Scott asked who believed Meyerkas was lying about the situation at the border. All three MPs raised their hands.
“Well, he has to resign,” Scott said.