(CNS News) -- When asked if President Biden would secure the southern border, Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) said, “He probably doesn’t have the political clout within his own party to get that accomplished.”
At the U.S. Capitol on Thursday, CNS News asked the senator, “Will President Biden secure the southern border?”
Rounds responded, “He hasn’t so far, and I’m afraid that he probably doesn’t have the political clout within his own party to get that accomplished.”
Biden’s border neglect began the first week of his presidency when he revoked former President Donald Trump’s executive order that focused on strengthening the southern border policies to prevent illegal immigration. This included halting construction of the wall.
“The policy of my Administration is to protect national and border security, address the humanitarian challenges at the southern border, and ensure public health and safety,” Biden wrote in his order. “My Administration will reset the policies and practices for enforcing civil immigration laws to align enforcement with these values and priorities.”
Biden believed Trump’s policies were too harsh, but they worked.
Southern border encounters have increased 238% during Biden’s first fiscal year as president, reported U.S. Customs and Border Protections.
One of the most tangible effects of Biden’s lack of border policy was when more than 11,000 migrants camped under a bridge in Del Rio, Texas for several days, waiting to enter the United States.
At the end of September, 26 governors signed a letter to Biden addressing their concerns about the future safety of the American people, believing the practically open border is a threat to national security.
“The months-long surge in illegal crossings has instigated an international humanitarian crisis, spurred a spike in international criminal activity, and opened the floodgates to human traffickers and drug smugglers endangering public health and safety in our states,” the letter read.
The governors cited concern over the increasing levels of criminal activity, including unprecedented amounts of fentanyl crossing the southern border.
“More fentanyl has been seized this fiscal year than the last three years combined--almost 10,500 pounds of fentanyl when only 2 milligrams prove fatal,” said the governors. “This is enough to kill seven times the U.S. population.”
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas admitted the border crisis was unsustainable to patrol agents in September, reported Fox News.
“A couple of days ago I was down in Mexico, and I said look, you know, if our borders are the first line of defense, we’re going to lose and this is unsustainable,” Mayorkas said. “We can’t continue like this, our people in the field can’t continue and our system isn’t built for it.”