WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Tommy Tuberville spoke Thursday about the Biden administration’s record-breaking immigration crisis as a result of the President’s failure to secure the southern border. Customs and Border Protection announced this week that apprehensions of illegal immigrants have surpassed two million in one fiscal year for the first time in history. Following that announcement, Senator Tuberville took to the Senator floor to detail the dangers of the crisis created by President Biden’s open border policies and call on the administration to immediately curtail the flow of illegal immigrants, drugs, and crime into American communities. The speech followed months of work by Senator Tuberville to call attention to the crisis at the border and urge the federal government to act.
Excerpts from the Senator’s speech can be found below, and his full remarks can be viewed here.
“In this fiscal year alone, we have surpassed two million apprehensions of illegal immigrants at our southern border for the first time, ever, in the history of our country. Last year, that number was over 1.7 million — showing the crisis at our border is accelerating, not slowing, under this administration.”
“Some will try to twist those numbers to use as proof that enforcement is working, but that is obviously a red herring. The staggering, staggering number of encounters and arrests only highlights — even more shocking — the number of illegal immigrants we never see, those who get away, what we call the ‘got aways,’ those we release into the United States — we release and they never come back. The truth is, we will probably never, ever get a true number of those who have entered our country illegally.”
“This position we are putting our law enforcement officials in is unacceptable — but this administration does nothing, does nothing to stop anything that’s happening. Instead, they just tell us the border is secure…However, we know people aren’t the only thing flooding over the border and into communities across the country. Unthinkable amounts of deadly fentanyl and other drugs are being smuggled into the country every single day. Drug cartels are more emboldened than ever to send as many deadly drugs as possible to the border, because they know they can take advantage of the crisis that has been unfolding here for two years.”
“But Democrats are quick to call out the problem when it ends up on their front porch. Mayors in New York, Chicago, and right here in D.C. have cried foul and even declared an emergency when the border crisis was delivered here to this city and others. They have no problem ignoring, excusing, and misrepresenting the facts of the crisis when it’s hitting small towns far away in Texas, Arizona, and their southern neighbors. But when those illegal immigrants streaming across the border become the problems of theirs, they suddenly see the emergency. But, who do they blame? Obviously, it’s the Republicans. Not the leader of their party. President Biden has created this mess.”
“As long as the border is wide open, cartels will take advantage of the situation. They’re making billions of dollars a year by moving people, drugs into the United States, and it’s getting worse every day. Americans are dying, cities are being overrun, criminals are getting rich — those are the consequences of President Biden’s Border Crisis. Those are the problems that our Democrat colleagues have to fix.”
Senator Tommy Tuberville represents Alabama in the United States Senate and is a member of the Senate Armed Services, Agriculture, Veterans’ Affairs, and HELP Committees.