Rep. Roy calls on Vice President Kamala Harris to immediately address the emergency at the southern border
WASHINGTON—Today, Rep. Chip Roy (TX-21) sent a memo to “Border Czar” Vice President Kamala Harris, updating her on the crisis at the Southern Border and providing solutions to immediately end this crisis.
Since the Vice President was tapped for “Border Czar” on March 25, 2021 - over 75 days ago, she has yet to visit the Southern Border. However, we have seen she has recently had time to travel to Guatemala and Mexico, and laughed off Lester Holt’s questions about going to the border in an interview. Accordingly, as a Texan and someone in contact daily with those impacted by our dangerously unsecured border, I have provided Vice President Harris a memo to fill the void.
Full text of the memo is available here.
- Historic Apprehensions: In May, we apprehended over 170,000 people for the 3rd consecutive month, after a record 178,622 apprehensions in April - a record high. To put this in context, one year ago 17,106 apprehensions were made in April –an increase of over 900% year over year.
- Dangerous Traffic, Migrants, & Cartels: This year’s apprehensions include dangerous criminals and nefarious actors including terrorists, cartel members, gang members, sexual assaulters, and predators. We are also seeing increased drug seizures. CBP numbers show more fentanyl seized in the first four months of 2021 than all of 2020 (6,494 lbs. vs. 4,776). In fact, 800% more fentanyl seizures occurred in the first four months of 2021 than the last four years combined.
- Overwhelmed Law Enforcement: Approximately 40% of Border Patrol agents are being pulled off the line to deal with illegal alien families and UACs leaving large areas of the border unsecure and consuming 60-70% of agents’ time and attention. In April, ICE deportations fell to the lowest monthly level on record, and its 6,000 officers currently average one arrest every two months.
- Texans In Danger: Texans have been killed, migrants have lost their lives, cartels have profited, law enforcement has lost operational control of the border, and Texans are bearing the brunt, financially and otherwise. Texas ranchers are finding more bodies than ever and are often finding themselves taking care of the very migrants cartels are leaving for dead. In just the first 4 months of 2021, authorities in just Brooks County, Texas recovered 22 human remains on ranches that are presumed to be migrants smuggled by coyotes - this is compared to 34 migrants found dead in all of 2020.
- Migrants In Danger: Young women and girls are abused on the journey. A young man paid $4000 to a cartel to be sent to a job in California only to be sent to a stash house in Houston for human trafficking. Another story tells the horrifying situation of a Texas rancher who had a very pregnant woman knock on his daughter-in-law's door. She had been left behind by a smuggler - all she had on her was a t-shirt wrapped around her like a skirt, after having been raped in the brush.
We can immediately put an end to this crisis, but only if the Biden Administration will do its job.
The memo outlines six steps that can be taken end these horrible circumstances:
- Immediately Enforce Title 42 Pandemic Protocols
- Immediately reinstate the Migrant Protection Protocols & work with neighboring countries
- Finish building border fencing and infrastructure
- Work with Congress to Fix Loopholes (the actual “root” causes)
- Root out and Destroy Cartels
- Immediately enforce our immigration laws within the interior of the United States.
“If the Vice President, and by extension the President, laughs off her duty to visit the Texas-Mexico border as a 'grand gesture,' then consider this memo as the update on the state of the border and service of notice of the right and responsibility of Texans to deal with the crisis ourselves in the absence of responsible federal leadership,” said Rep. Roy.