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Rep. Norman Visits Southern Border in Texas and New Mexico
This week, Rep. Ralph Norman (R-SC) joined other members from the House Committee on Oversight and Reform along the southern border in Texas and New Mexico to examine the new border crisis.
During the trip, Rep. Norman toured Border Patrol Station #1, the El Paso Processing Center, and the Santa Teresa Port of Entry. He also toured portions of the border wall where construction has ceased following President Biden’s executive order, and participated in a night ride with the National Border Patrol Council.
The situation along our southern border is on track to be the worst in 20 years, according to DHS. Last month, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) encountered:
Since taking office in January, neither President Biden nor Vice President Harris have visited the border to meet with CBP authorities or observe conditions firsthand. Rep. Norman and Oversight Republicans have repeatedly called on the Biden Administration to provide a plan to address the issue at the border. Oversight Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) has also ignored calls from Republicans, including Rep. Norman, for a hearing about this situation.
Rep. Norman issued the following statement on Tuesday:
"The ill-advised policy decisions by this administration have played a major role in the new surge of illegal immigrants and the resulting humanitarian crisis. While lawful immigration has many benefits for our nation, there is simply no excuse for what I witnessed firsthand this week. We desperately need to (1) secure our border, while at the same time (2) prevent asylum claims from being abused, (3) enable businesses to legally hire workers when they cannot find willing Americans, and (4) pressure Central and South American countries to get their house in order and take care of their own citizens. Sadly, the Biden Administration is nowhere to be found on this issue."
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