Following President Biden’s visit to Texas the following week, a bipartisan delegation of senators from both parties will travel the southern border amid calls for congressional action to address the migrant problem after a two-year impasse in Washington, Fox News informed.
On Monday and Tuesday, the delegation will travel to both Texas and Arizona to observe the current situation at the border, where officials and frontline agents have been coping with a historic crisis for two years. The delegation will be led by Sens. Kyrsten Sinema, I-Ariz., and John Cornyn, R-Texas.
Sens. will travel with them as well. Chris Coons, D-Delaware, Jerry Moran, R-Kansas, Thom Tillis, D-North Carolina, Mark Kelly, D-Arizona, and Chris Murphy, D-Connecticut.
They will go to El Paso, Texas, where Biden will also stop on Sunday while traveling to the border, according to a press release. The senators will also travel to Yuma, Arizona, where they will meet with Border Patrol agents and hear from members of the local police force, community leaders, and non-profit organizations.
In 2021 and 2022, there were over 1.7 million and over 2.3 million migrant interactions. According to the first two months of FY 2023, which have surpassed those of the previous fiscal year, the border problem is only becoming worse in President Biden’s third year in office.
In a speech on Thursday, where he also announced that he would be visiting Texas on Sunday, President Biden revealed a number of border security protocols, as well as an expansion of Title 42 expulsions to include a small number of Haitians, Nicaraguans, and Cubans as well as expanded parole programs for those nationalities.
The senators acknowledged the need for congressional action, which has been missing in recent years, in their speeches, though.
Republicans in particular have criticized the Biden administration for how it handled the border crisis. Republicans claim that the administration is aggravating the situation by reversing the border security measures put in place under Trump.
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