Border crisis hits home

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Congressman Henry Cuellar wrote to Vice President

Kamala Harris on June 15 urging her to visit the southern border with him and telling her that an increase in migrants has caused “severe burdens” — a move that puts pressure on Harris from within her own party to deliver on her recent promise to travel to Texas.

“I write to invite you to the U.S. Southern Border to observe the ongoing humanitarian crisis and share the perspective of Americans who live there. I encourage you to join me and other members of Congress, while we visit with the people on the ground who deal with these issues every day,” wrote Cuellar in the letter.

Cuellar ended the letter by writing, “As the U.S. emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic, South Texans continue to struggle economically, due to outdated commercial travel restrictions. The Administration needs to take a proactive approach to create a sustainable system of humanitarian aid and relieve everyday Americans of that responsibility.”

Congressman Cuellar, Democrat, has become one of his party’s most outspoken critics of the Biden administration’s border and immigration policies.

The Pleasanton Express this week on our front page reports on how the border crisis has reached our county and is impacting local law enforcement and our community. Local ranchers’ properties are being damaged and their webcams used to track livestock and animals are also capturing the humans that are often called “coyotes” who are helping to smuggle individuals illegally into the country. During one of US Vice President Kamala Harris’ trips she told Guatemala migrants, “Do not come” stating that the journey North is dangerous and would mainly benefit smugglers. She warned people that they would be turned back at the border. VP Harris has been tasked by President Joe Biden to control the surge in migration at the Southern Border.

Something needs to be done fast because according to US Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Texas’ southern border has been inundated with 584,780 encounters with undocumented immigrants in the 2021 Fiscal Year to Date, a dramatic 97% increase from 2020. The Rio Grande Valley Sector has seen a 201% jump from 2020, with 271,927 encounters as of May 2021.

In April, three Texas lawmakers – Republican Sen. John Cornyn, Republican Tony Gonzales and Democrat Representative Cuellar, introduced the Bipartisan Border Solutions Act. The Bipartisan Border Solutions Act received widespread support from such groups as the National Hispanic Chamber, Southwest Border Sheriffs Coalition and Texas Border Sheriffs Coalition, Border Trade Alliance, Major Cities Chiefs Association, National Immigration Forum, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, American Business Immigration Coalition, National Association of Evangelicals, Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission and many more.

National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd said, “The Bi-Partisan Border Solutions Act will target resources to those of us directly responding to the increase of migrants, so that we can better do our jobs and keep American border communities safe. We appreciate their strong engagement with the border region and their firsthand knowledge of the current immigration crisis and this bill will give us the resources to tackle today’s influx head-on.”

The three lawmakers were not contacted by Vice President Harris during her June 25 trip to the border which she stated was an information-gathering trip. Please write to Vice President Harris and ask her to meet with our Texas lawmakers to allow them to be part of a very necessary and urgent border solution.

NOEL WILKERSON HOLMES is the Publisher and Managing Editor of the Pleasanton Express. You may reach her at nwilkersonholmes@pleasantonexpress.com.

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