LIMA — U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan and a group of Republicans from the Judiciary Committee will be leaving for McAllen, Texas, on Monday to get a firsthand look at the growing problems on the Southwest Border.
“Right now as an American citizen, you can’t get into your U.S. Capitol, but anybody and everybody can get into your country. That’s how crazy the Biden administration’s policies are,” Jordan told The Lima News during a visit Thursday.
Republicans have been calling on the White House to adopt more restrictive immigration policies to deal with the spike in the number of new arrivals at the border. Jordan says President Joe Biden’s failure to do so puts the country on pace to encounter more individuals on the border than the United States has seen in the last 20 years. That is leaving border personnel and facilities stretched, he said.
“What’s happening now is more than a crisis, it’s chaos … just complete chaos,” Jordan said.
The rising number of unaccompanied minors arriving is of particular concern. More than 13,000 are now in Customs and Border Protection custody, the Associated Press reports.
“I think lots of Americans are waking up and figuring out, like wow, this is ridiculous,” Jordan said.
The 4th District congressman’s visit will follow a similar trip made by Republican Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio two weeks ago. Portman released a statement at that time saying he witnessed the surge in illegal immigrants while participating in a night operations ride-along with Border Patrol officers. He also was critical of the Biden Administration for allowing unaccompanied children to be detained at overcrowded Border Patrol stations. Portman called it a direct result of the White House’s dismantling of President Donald Trump’s policies with no consideration of the ramifications.
“I am deeply troubled by the influx of unaccompanied children and the Border Patrol’s immediate need for increased support and resources,” Portman said. “We are still early in the year and not yet in the peak season for migrant travel, thus we are likely to see increases in unaccompanied children which will continue to divert Border Patrol agents from their national security duties patrolling our border. Hundreds of Border Patrol agents are being pulled out of the field to tend to the thousands of children arriving every day.”