Texas Democrat Rep. Cuellar warns U.S. is days away from a southern border crisis, Biden team disagrees

by Peter Heck · Mar 5th, 2021 12:57 pm

Last Updated Mar 6th, 2021 at 9:56 pm

A prominent Texas Democrat has sounded the alarm that the United States is only days away from a crisis at its southern border. Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX) has been putting public pressure on the Biden administration that something must be done about the massive influx of illegal immigrants who have flooded the border since the president's inauguration.

Last week, nearly 10,000 people were apprehended trying to illegally enter the country, at times peaking at 2,500 people a day.

"We are weeks, maybe even days, away from a crisis on the southern border. Inaction is simply not an option," Cuellar said. "Our country is currently unprepared to handle a surge in migrants in the middle of the pandemic."

To this point, the Biden administration has been slow to respond to the unfolding crisis. The president sent a commission to the border to evaluate the situation and has ordered immigration facilities there to begin processing immigrants more quickly.

But despite Cuellar's warnings, the Biden team describes the situation at the border as a "challenge" rather than a crisis. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said the new administration is working hard to "replace the cruelty" of the Trump immigration policies.


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