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Border Crisis Escalating into Out-of-Control Chaos

April 8, 2021

Record Number of Migrants Surging the Border, Drug Trafficking Skyrocketing

MCALLEN, TEXAS – With members of House Judiciary this week, Congresswoman Victoria Spartz (IN-05) joined border agents for patrols of the U.S. border in the Rio Grande Valley and visited the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Donna Centralized Processing Center, Hidalgo Port of Entry, Office of Refugee Resettlement Shelter and the Border Patrol temporary outdoor processing site under the Anzalduas bridge. Following the visits, the members led a roundtable discussion at the National Border Patrol Council Headquarters in Edinburg, Texas and conducted a press conference.

Congresswoman Spartz’s press conference remarks about the border crisis can be viewed online.

Here are some of the numbers from this sector of the border:

  • 40% of the Border Patrol workforce processing migrants instead of safeguarding the border.
  • 2,400 migrants per day being processed.
  • 1,000 migrants per day not being detained due to resource limitations.
  • 12,000 migrants in the last few weeks alone were released by Border Patrol into the country.
  • 5400% increase in drugs smuggled.
  • $400M per month in estimated profits for the drug cartels just from human trafficking.

Firearm, currency and drug seizures for FY 2021 from the Laredo Field Office:

  • 400 pounds of fentanyl, up 2,067%.
  • 4,995 pounds of cocaine, up 187%.
  • 35,213 pounds of marijuana, up 89%.
  • 13,840 pounds of methamphetamine.
  • 240 weapons, up 131%.
  • $5.7 million in currency, up 64%.

“Perverse incentives and a lack of leadership from the Biden Administration have created humanitarian and national security crises at our southern border that are spiraling into out-of-control chaos. With Border Patrol overwhelmed, the Mexican drug cartels are now dictating the rules on the U.S. side of the border,” Rep. Spartz said. “President Biden must act now to get our border under control.”

At the end of March, the Congresswoman visited the El Paso Border Patrol Central Processing Center for unaccompanied children, meeting with border agents and speaking with migrant children. Rep. Spartz now heads to San Antonio, Eagle Pass and Del Rio with the Republican Study Committee before returning to Indiana.

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Construction stopped on border wall through executive order.

Unfinished border wall. President Biden’s executive order stopped construction, creating flood and safety hazards, in addition to leaving our southern border unsecured.

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Temporary outdoor processing site under bridge.

Border Patrol temporary outdoor processing site under the Anzalduas bridge.

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Group of migrant children waiting under a bridge to be processed.

Border Patrol temporary outdoor processing site under the Anzalduas bridge.