Representative Bob Good, R-Va., Warned Thursday that the United States had “no operational control” of the border after a trip to Texas in which he and a number of other Republicans saw migrants flock to the United States and be put on flights to other states.
“We have no operational control, no legal control, no law enforcement control over our border,” Good said in an interview with Fox News. “We are not enforcing our laws, we are not preventing people. It is willful and intentional of this administration to facilitate the illegal entry into our country of tens of thousands, 180,000 in [the] the month of May… some 700,000 this year, among those we have apprehended. “
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Good and a number of other lawmakers from the Republican Study Board traveled to McAllen, Texas this week on a visit that coincided with a visit from former President Donald Trump and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott .
All 20 Republicans made it to the border itself around midnight, and Good described a flow of migrants passing and on their way to the border patrol with no effort to evade apprehension – even going so far as to search for the patrol. border.
“We saw hundreds of people pass by in a short time, we were there around midnight and saw a lot of people crossing the border, many illegals coming in,” he said.
He said that while many families and children showed up, it raised the question of how many people were crossing the border patrol, which often faced large increases in migrants – and also apprehended MS gang members. -13 and children. sex offenders trying to enter the United States
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“The cunning, the cunning and the most dangerous try to escape apprehension and they also assess tens of thousands on a monthly basis, and all of this is controlled … by the Mexican criminal cartels which make the hundreds. millions of dollars a month on that, ”he said.
Good said that as they left McAllen on a flight to Dallas International Airport, many of the plane’s passengers were illegal immigrants who kept manila records – which allegedly contained a “notice of appearance” from DHS. However, these court requests do not currently include court dates – with an “to be determined” in the date box.
“I would estimate that a third of the people on this flight were illegal aliens who had their manila records with marked information to help them navigate transportation through the airport and on the plane,” he said. -he declares.
Her team spoke to a Guatemalan woman, who was supposedly traveling alone and did not speak English. The 31-year-old was on her way to Dallas and then to Miami, Fla. She had a “Notice of Appearance” with a “TBD” for a hearing date.
“So here she is at McAllen taking the same flight we did to Dallas and, I’m assuming from there Dallas to Miami with no specific day she’s due to appear, and I guess we’re just hoping we can reach her at a future date and he tell when to appear, ”Good said.
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Officials said the TBD is due to the Justice Department not currently holding immigration hearings for non-detainees. They are expected to resume in July. More than 60,000 migrants have been released in the United States with either a court appearance notice or a local Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office.
Republicans tore the Biden administration apart for its handling of the border crisis, particularly the rollback of Trump-era policies such as the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), as well as the tightening of domestic enforcement .
The Biden administration has backed down, saying it is focusing on the “root causes” of the crisis, such as poverty, climate change and violence in Central America. Meanwhile, he praised his efforts to process migrants, especially unaccompanied children, in the United States as quickly as possible and said his strategy was working.
“They have put in place technology that over the past two months has dramatically accelerated the processing of people arriving at our border,” Vice President Kamala Harris said during a visit to El Paso, Texas, last month.
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But, as other officials have claimed the border is not open, Representative Good says the message is not being heard by arriving migrants.
“The note was not received by these illegal aliens who continue to cross because there is no prevention there at the border that we can see,” he said. “It’s just to welcome them once they’ve crossed over.”
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