Illegal immigrants arriving at the Mexican border from Central America on April 29, 2018.
Rep. Henry Cuellar, a Texas Democrat from near the U.S.-Mexico border, warned that more than 10,000 illegal immigrants smuggled across the border have been apprehended in just one Texas border region in about a week’s Time.
The Texas Democrat said at a news conference Thursday (March 4), “In a few weeks, if not days, there will be a crisis at the southern border. Doing nothing is not an option.” “Our country is not currently prepared to deal with a surge in immigration during an Epidemic.”
In recent days, Cuellar has issued warnings of a looming humanitarian crisis along the border, adding that the outbreak of the CCA virus will spread to south Texas and other border areas. Now, his office has released data showing that in the past week alone, the Border Patrol in the Rio Grande Valley has apprehended about 10,000 illegal immigrants. In addition, about 2,500 more illegal immigrants have been apprehended in the past two days since the data was released.
Border security agents also arrested 5,700 unaccompanied child illegal immigrants in January, according to the U.S. Border Patrol.
Cuellar noted that illegal immigrants “may be exposing border communities to COVID-19 (Chinese Communist virus) infection and putting us at risk.” “Currently, no immigrants have been screened by Border Patrol for COVID-19 virus infection.”
“As a border representative, I will continue to fight for my community in Washington to ensure they have the necessary funding and resources to properly care for these immigrants and keep American families safe. I urge the Biden administration to listen to the voices of the southern border communities and work with them to address the influx of illegal immigrants.”
Cuellar is not the only Texas lawmaker to issue a warning. Rep. Vicente Gonzalez, another Democrat, was an outspoken critic of Biden’s current immigration policies, saying his proposed bill is “disastrous.”
He told CNN, “I can assure you that soon there will be thousands of people on our border, and it will be disastrous for our country, for my district, for my constituency.” “In the middle of the raging epidemic, in my little congressional district, we’ve already lost more than 3,000 people to this …… I think we need to have a better plan in place.”
Biden Administration officials said the situation at the southern border is not yet a “crisis” but a “challenge.”
U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas told reporters, “What we’re seeing at the border right now is the direct result of the system being dismantled and the time it takes to rebuild the system from scratch.” He said it was the fault of the previous government.