Yesterday, Leader McCarthy and a delegation of House Republicans visited the border once more to better understand the magnitude of President Biden’s border crisis. Despite engineering a health and national security catastrophe, President Biden has refused to step foot on our nation’s southern border in his near half-century in government. For more behind-the-scenes photos, be sure to follow the stories from @RepKevinMcCarthy on Instagram.
1. Welcome to Eagle Pass — On the ground in Eagle Pass, Texas, the delegation is briefed at a detention facility. Here, the severity of the Biden border crisis is laid bare: there were more border apprehensions in 2021 (259,594) than in the previous nine years combined within the Del Rio Sector alone.
2. A Necessary Measure — The delegation learns of the deteriorating situation on the US-Mexico border. President Biden’s plans to scrap Title 42—a public health emergency authority that authorizes U.S. Border Patrol agents to quickly expel illegal immigrants back across the border—will cause unprecedented chaos at our border, overwhelming a Border Patrol that is already stretched thin. House Republicans stand firm in support of Title 42 to keep our country safe.
3. A Nationwide Crisis — The delegation represents communities from states across America—indeed, President Biden’s actions have made every state a border state. A porous border allows drugs to flow freely across our country: fentanyl is now the leading cause of death for adults aged 18-45. The Biden border crisis threatens the health and security of all Americans.
4. Lookout — Day in, day out, the Texas National Guard helps U.S. Border Patrol keep a watchful eye on the Rio Grande. These men and women are overworked, under-resourced, and routinely risk their own lives to keep our country and communities safe.
5. Sacrifice — Protecting our border is a dangerous job. This week, Texas National Guard member Specialist Bishop Evans gave his life rescuing two illegal immigrants from the Rio Grande. Leader McCarthy and Congressman Tony Gonzales (TX-23) presented a flag flown over the U.S. Capitol to the Texas National Guard in his honor.
6. Hero — On the Rio Grande, Specialist Evans’ fellow guardsmen construct a memorial to their fallen brother-in-arms. The flag flying in his name along the river is a heartbreaking reminder of the human toll of Biden’s border crisis.
7. Overwhelmed — After crossing the river, illegal immigrants stream into small communities like Eagle Pass, Texas, which are unequipped to deal with the massive influx of noncitizens. Biden’s border crisis disproportionately damages American towns that can least afford it.
8. On Patrol — Measuring nearly 2,000 miles in length, the size of the U.S.-Mexico border is staggering. Given its scope and topography, the border must be patrolled not just on land and air, but also on water. Border Patrol’s use of boats—particularly on the Rio Grande—is crucial not just for security, but also for rescuing drowning illegal immigrants. Water rescues and danger to noncitizens increased significantly over the past two years as a result of the Biden administration’s negligence.