This week, U.S. Sen. Katie Britt (R-Montgomery) joined two of her colleagues, Sens. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) and Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) in visiting the U.S.-Mexico border.
Fentanyl-driven overdose deaths are now the leading cause of death for adults 18-45 years old in our nation.
Securing the border is imperative to ensuring communities across America are safe and strong. pic.twitter.com/9UzawcPo3i
— Senator Katie Boyd Britt (@SenKatieBritt) January 11, 2023
Thursday on WVNN’s “The Yaffee Program,” Britt discussed how President Joe Biden’s policies are continuing to exacerbate the crisis at the southern border.
“They showed us real life examples of how President Biden’s failed policies are affecting the safety and security of our nation,” Britt said. “The trip to the border was remarkable in all the wrong ways.”
The senator said she was surprised by how the border policies are putting the Border Patrol in tough situations.
“It was unfortunate,” she said. “Many of them spoke up and said ‘we came into this line of duty because we want to provide a service to our nation. We want to protect our borders and keep our communities and our people safe.’ But unfortunately, what has happened, particularly with Border Patrol agents, is because of our open border policies that the Biden administration has enacted, there are so many migrants coming across our border that they end up spending their time actually processing that paperwork … instead of patrolling our border.”
Britt explained how the crisis at the border is already causing real problems for the rest of the country.
“The effects of that are real,” she said. “You look at what is happening right now in our communities, particularly with fentanyl. We are seeing the effects of it in every community across our state, in our schools. We have to say enough is enough. We need a secure border to protect from that flow of drugs, and also human trafficking.
“Without having a secure border, we have given the upper hand to the drug cartels and tied the hands of our courageous law enforcement officers.”
Britt said there are things the Biden administration could do right now to help secure the border that they just won’t do.
“First finish building the wall,” she said. “So, in places where we can have a physical barrier, continue to do that. In places where technology is the best avenue to sealing an securing the border, utilizing that, because what happens is when you have those barriers … then the migrants are forced to come through other points of entry. It helps them to make sure that they know who is coming and when they’re coming and all of those things.”
She also said she will continue to work hard in Washington to get something done on this issue.
“If you look, it took President Biden 718 days to go to the border, it took me 6,” she said. “Our time right now is huddling to say what legislation, what package can we put together to help create solutions that can help solve this problem. I believe Washington, D.C., is plagued by an all talk, no action mentality, and that’s just not my style. So you can expect us to do more. To go back down there, to continue to figure out what resources they need, what policies work, and how we can make sure that our children and our country are safer and stronger.”