Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and other members of the Republican House will inspect the southern border invasion on Monday.
The Republican delegation travel in Eagle Pass, Texas, and meet with U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Texas National Guard, Fox News reported. The inspection will focus on the imminent inflow of migrant crossings when Title 42 ends next month.
Members who would join McCarthy are Reps. Elise Stefanik (R-NY), Tony Gonzales (R-TX), Randy Weber (R-TX), Michael Guest (R-MS), Chip Roy (R-TX), Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), Diana Harshbarger (R-TN) and Blake Moore (R-UT)
In March, more than 221,300 illegal migrants were meet illegally crossing the US-Mexico border. The number represents a new high for the Biden administration and the worst month since the Department of Homeland Security was established in 2002, according to the Republican National Committee research team. The March number was also the third highest on record.
With the Biden administration ending Title 42, the rule that allowed authorities to refuse migrants to slow the spread of the coronavirus, more migrants are expected to increase dramatically.
The Republicans’ visit to the border will put pressure on vulnerable Democrats, many of whom have shifted their stance on securing the southern border. At least nine Democrats now oppose Biden’s open borders policy. But not everyone opposes Biden’s “catch and release” policy, like Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-NH).
Hassan, who visited the border last week, posted a video talking about the need to secure the border but did not mention Biden’s “catch and release” policy. The policy refers to the administration’s policy of releasing migrants nationwide pending a court hearing rather than detaining them, as required by law.
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