FAST FIVE: "Days Away From A Crisis": 100,000 Illegal Immigrants Arrested At US Mexico Border; Most For February In 15 Years
Henry Cuellar (D-Texas), whose Congressional district lies near the US-Mexico border, warned that more than 10,000 illegal immigrants have been apprehended in a single border sector in Texas in about a week, with Reuters adding that a stunning 100,000 migrants were detained at the border in February, the highest arrest total for the month of February since 2006.
Inaction is simply not an option,” the Texas Democrat said in a news release on Thursday.
I urge the Biden administration to listen and work with the communities on the southern border who are dealing with the surge of migrants,” he added.
Cuellar isn't the only Texas member of Congress who is sounding the alarm. Rep.
“In the middle of a pandemic, in an area where we've lost over 3,000 people in my small congressional district – I think we need to have a better plan in place.” Biden administration officials have said that the border situation is not yet a “crisis” but is rather a “challenge.” “What we are seeing now at the border is the immediate result of the dismantlement of the system and the time that it takes to rebuild it virtually from scratch,” Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas told reporters, suggesting that the previous administration was at fault.