Cruz, Stefanik demand Biden admin enforce immigration laws as new caravan embarks for border

“We are deeply concerned about what the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is doing to prevent a similar situation at our southern border, especially when Customs and Border Protection (CBP) field agents are already overworked, undermanned and under-supplied as a result of the influx of migrants this year,” Cruz, Stefanik, and over a dozen other Republicans wrote in a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) speaks during a television interview in response to U.S. President Joe Biden's first address to a joint session of the U.S. Congress, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., April 28, 2021.

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) speaks during a television interview in response to U.S. President Joe Biden’s first address to a joint session of the U.S. Congress, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., April 28, 2021. (REUTERS/Erin Scott/File Photo)

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“Additionally, this caravan comes only weeks after ten thousand migrants flooded Del Rio, Texas, overwhelming border personnel and later gaining entry into the United States,” the letter added. “While the strategy DHS released on September 18, 2021, stated that migrants ‘who cannot be expelled under Title 42 and do not have a legal basis to remain will be placed in expedited removal proceedings,’ this did not occur in Del Rio. In fact, Senior Executive Branch officials stated that migrants were released into the United States on a ‘very, very large scale.’ We believe this incentivized the recent caravan to journey to the United States.”

In the letter, the Republicans urged the Biden administration to “enforce our immigration laws as we do any other laws and ensure migrants in this caravan with nonexistent asylum claims will not be released into the United States.”

Oct 2021: A woman making up one of the thousands of migrants coming north as part of the migrant caravan.

Oct 2021: A woman making up one of the thousands of migrants coming north as part of the migrant caravan.

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