President Biden’s policies have made every community in America a border city, and deadly fentanyl is flowing across the southern border and into communities all over the country. Even worse, fentanyl overdoses have become the number one cause of death for Americans between 18 and 45 years old.
This administration’s policies and their refusal to enforce our immigration laws is a direct threat to the health and safety of every single American because of the illegal drugs flowing across our southern border. It’s virtually impossible to find someone in this country who has not been touched by this issue – whether they’ve experienced it with a friend or someone in their family. It’s clear we have a crisis in this country, and it is plaguing every family.
My colleagues across the aisle have refused to hold President Biden’s feet to the fire when it comes to securing our open borders so we can stop the flow of illegal immigrants and drugs into the country. We’ve all been to the border multiple times and have introduced countless bills to fix this crisis, but Democrats won’t let a single of these bills come up for a vote.
A few days ago, President Biden announced he will end a Trump-era policy known as Title 42, which was a great tool we used to turn illegal immigrants around at the border due to health and safety concerns. Ending Title 42 gives the green light for illegal immigrants to flood the southern border and pour into communities around our country. It’s hard to imagine why the Administration thinks this is a good idea.
The terrible irony here is the Biden administration is effectively saying COVID is over for illegal immigrants, yet they are still requiring law-abiding Americans to wear masks on planes and in airports. Also, federal employees are still not required to show up to work because of the supposed health risks. This is flat-out hypocrisy.
After President Biden announced an end to Title 42, the National Border Patrol Council President said, “We are ultimately going to wave the white flag of surrender – the cartels are going to control our borders.” It is obvious the negative effects this will have on the border crisis. Not only has President Biden invited more folks to come into our country illegally, but he has also created a logistical nightmare for the Department of Homeland Security as they attempt to process countless people crossing the border.
As frustrating as this is, we cannot give up the fight to secure our border. Border security is national security, and we must put the safety and security of American citizens first.
Jerry Carl represents Alabama’s First Congressional District. He lives in Mobile with his wife Tina.