As the now-Republican majority House has begun taking on the Biden administration over the last two years of failed policies, some Senate GOP members are calling the president out for the ongoing crisis at the southern border. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Rick Scott (R-FL) didn’t pull punches in weekend tweets about the unfolding disaster for the American people.
Cruz described the border situation as an “absolute catastrophe” in a Sunday tweet and took note of the latest monthly record number of illegal migrant encounters that was set in December. Scott also tweeted in direct response to the latest record number of illegal border crossers. Scott demanded the border be secured and called for the resignations of Biden and his Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.
Since President Biden took office, the southern border has been an absolute catastrophe.
Last month over 250,000 illegal aliens flooded into America – the highest number EVER.
— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) January 22, 2023
1. @JoeBiden should resign
2. Mayorkas should resign
3. We must secure our border https://t.co/wQy7ckTqer
— Rick Scott (@ScottforFlorida) January 22, 2023
December’s numbers are part of the unbroken trend since Biden assumed office in the White House of record numbers of encounters with illegal migrants. December’s monthly total was higher than any other month since January 2021. Moreover, every month of the Biden administration has seen more illegals encountered than any month of the entire first term of President Donald Trump.
The federal Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency reported more than 2.3 million illegal immigrant encounters in the various zones of the southern border region in the fiscal year 2022, which ended September 30, 2022.
For the fiscal year 2021, there were 1.7 million recorded encounters with illegal migrants. In the fiscal year 2020, there were just over 458,000.
As for the other years of the Trump administration, there were around 977,000 encounters in the fiscal year 2019, 521,000 in the fiscal year 2018, and 415,000 in the fiscal year 2017.
In the single month of December 2022, CBP reported more than 250,000 encounters with illegal migrants entering the country.
Federal law enforcement officers said late last month that more than 7 million lethal doses of fentanyl were seized just in the Houston metropolitan area last year. That was more than enough of the deadly opioid to kill the entire population of that city three times.
Mexican drug cartels have been able to operate with virtual impunity in the southern border regions during the Biden administration. Law enforcement officers believe that most of the fentanyl causing record numbers of overdose deaths across the U.S. is now being synthesized in illicit Mexican manufacturing facilities. Further, most of the components needed to produce the drug are imported from China.