Rep. John Katko: Biden's Border Crisis — Every state is now a border state

Border crisis shows no sign of slowing down

Border Patrol source tells Fox News’ Bill Melugin they are seeing higher numbers than ever before

As the crisis at the southwest border rapidly intensifies, every state has now become a border state, and every community is affected by this administration’s destructive policies. As Border Patrol resources are shifted from the northern and coastal borders to aid overwhelmed and overextended law enforcement at the southwest border, we expose ourselves to serious national security threats. 

What is worse is a lack of clarity, information, and access by the White House and the Department of Homeland Security. While the Biden administration fails to provide any transparency into the conditions at the border, we will continue to shine a light on the impact these policies have on our homeland security and for communities across the country. Our recent trips to the border uncovered security gaps that cannot go unaddressed.

The border crisis is no longer a distant reality for millions of Americans. It’s now surfacing in their backyards. This is not hyperbole. 

Migrants who entered this country illegally through Mexico are being put on commercial aircraft and busses to cities across the country within days — if not hours – without confirmation of a negative COVID-19 test being required. Meanwhile, Americans are required to present a negative test. From February 19 to April 22, TSA assisted approximately 7,200 migrants at 10 border airports in document verification, allowing them to bypass standard government-issued photo ID requirements and board domestic flights. 

DHS has created a special process for migrants to be transported on domestic flights without abiding by the same rules that apply to U.S. citizens. For migrants without fingerprints in federal systems and proper documentation, the Department is taking them at their word about their biographic information. Meanwhile Border Patrol has identified “many adults” claiming to be minors to exploit this administration’s border policies through the initial layer of screening that is still being done.

Whether it is the overwhelming presence of MS-13 gang violence in suburban Long Island, New York, or the crippling impact of the opioid crisis across Central New York, every American community bears the brunt of weak border security. When the southwest border is lawless, it’s the fabric of all our communities that suffer. Bad actors and criminals are working the system at the southwest border as we’ve seen multiple known or suspected terrorists (KSTs) do this year. I also fear as resources are rerouted to the southwest border, we are leaving the northern border particularly vulnerable. 

This is not only a humanitarian crisis, but a national security crisis in the making.

As Border Patrol agents are being pulled off the line to process migrants at overflowing facilities, drug traffickers, smugglers and cartels are leveraging their expansive networks to smuggle drugs into the United States. The drugs pouring across our weakened borders are flowing into our communities and killing our neighbors and loved ones. 

Homeland security affects every American in every state across the country. This is no longer limited to a problem for communities along the southwest border—this is a national community problem. 

As the Republican leader of the House Committee on Homeland Security, I will keep the pressure on. Our committee will continue offering the sensible solutions the American people demand and conducting consistent oversight of crisis at the southwest border until we can ensure the security of our homeland. 

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