Last month, U.S. Representative Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) joined U.S. House Republican Whip Steve Scalise and other members of Congress in a delegation to the U.S.-Mexico border near McAllen, Texas, and the surrounding area to see the immigration crisis first hand and hear directly from law enforcement about the situation on the ground.
Rep. Davis wrote a guest column for the Herald & Review about what he saw and learned from his trip to the border. Here are some excerpts from his column:
“Last month, I traveled to the U.S.-Mexico border near McAllen, Texas, with several members of Congress to see the ongoing immigration crisis firsthand. Even though this administration continues to deny it, there is no other way to describe what I saw.
“The crisis at the border is a predictable and entirely avoidable result of irresponsible rhetoric and policies that has encouraged people to make the treacherous journey north. Tens of thousands of families and individuals have traveled to the southern border because of President Biden’s promises.
“…In the weeks immediately following the President’s inauguration, there were nearly 100,000 illegal immigrants detained by law enforcement at the border. In March, there were 172,000 individuals in custody, including nearly 19,000 unaccompanied teens and children. One Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) facility was holding at 1600% of its holding capacity.
“President Biden and Vice President Harris cannot continue to send a message of open borders – it’s pushing our border infrastructure to the brink and is in no way sustainable.
“…I’ve supported several iterations of immigration reform, but the reality is we cannot reform and modernize our immigration system without getting the current border crisis under control first and fully securing every mile of our borders. President Biden and Vice President Harris must stop encouraging illegal border crossings with their words and policies and reverse course on some of their recent immigration policy actions. We cannot continue to undo immigration policies that worked to keep America safe with no new, realistic measures to replace them.”