Republicans claim there’s a ‘war’ on the southern border and the cartels are winning

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Republicans have declared war on the southern border – and said the US is losing the fight against cartels and human traffickers under President Joe Biden.

At a press conference on Tuesday, a group of seven GOP lawmakers led by Representatives Ashley Hinson and Jim Banks pledged to hold the administration accountable for ignoring and even exacerbating the crisis.

The group blamed Biden and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas for the thousands who died from fentanyl overdoses and demanded that the administration designate the cartels as terrorist organizations.

“The thing is, there’s a war on the southern border and we’re losing it,” Banks said.

Rep. Jim Banks said there was a ‘war’ on the southern border at a news conference on Tuesday

The sentiment was echoed by Texas Rep. Jake Ellzy, a 20-year Navy veteran.

“It is time to declare the cartels a clear and present danger to the national security of the United States and to treat them as such,” he insisted.

“Because if it was a war, we would lose it. And don’t get me wrong, they fight us every day.

Each of the seven members who took the time to speak at Tuesday night’s press conference spoke about the threat the flood of fentanyl in the United States poses to their communities – even those hundreds kilometers from the border.

Some told personal stories or paid tribute to voters who died of fentanyl overdoses, and others listed the exponential growth in the drug being smuggled across the border in the years since Biden took office.

“Mexican drug cartels control our southern border,” Texas Rep. Beth Van Duyne said.

“It is time to declare the cartels a clear and present danger to the national security of the United States and to treat them as such.  Because if it was a war, we would lose it.  And make no mistake, they're fighting us every day,' Texas Rep. Jake Ellzy said Tuesday.

“It is time to declare the cartels a clear and present danger to the national security of the United States and to treat them as such. Because if it was a war, we would lose it. And make no mistake, they’re fighting us every day,’ Texas Rep. Jake Ellzy said Tuesday.

Rep. Ashley Hinson led a group of seven House Republicans on Tuesday calling on the Biden administration to do more to quell the crisis of southern migration and drug trafficking.

Rep. Ashley Hinson led a group of seven House Republicans on Tuesday calling on the Biden administration to do more to quell the crisis of southern migration and drug trafficking.

Specifically, the group appeared irritated that Biden’s trip to Mexico for the Three Amigos Summit earlier this month did not result in any meaningful plans or future actions to ease the crisis.

Instead, Biden’s meetings with Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, colloquially known as AMLO, appeared focused on a so-called “woke” agenda that House GOP lawmakers have called.

Rep. Hinson of Iowa mentioned that the top priorities of Biden’s seven-level plan reached with AMLO were “diversity, equity and inclusion, climate change, and integrating gender perspectives into the response. to disasters”.

“So that’s what they came up with to present the American people,” she criticized. “Americans and Iowans have no patience for these woke priorities as fentanyl continues to poison our people, our children. Terrorists continue to cross our southern border, sex offenders arrive in our communities.

Figures released for December show the number of encounters on the southern border continuing to rise and hit a new monthly high of 251,487

Figures released for December show the number of encounters on the southern border continuing to rise – and hit a new monthly high of 251,487

“We don’t need to worry about gender inclusion at our borders,” the GOP representative said at Tuesday’s press conference, “we need to worry about securing our southern border.”

“Americans elected a Republican majority to hold this administration accountable for these continued failures on our southern border and that is exactly what we will do.”

Ahead of winning a majority in the 2022 midterm elections, Republicans have pledged to open investigations into Biden’s handling of the southern border crisis, as well as potentially impeach Secretary Mayorkas for lying to the people American about the border closure.

Banks said he sent a letter to Biden nearly 100 days ago requesting a meeting to discuss the border crisis — and in particular the smuggling of fentanyl and a rise in overdoses from the dangerous drug.

The Indiana Republican said Biden ignored that request, but engaged in other meetings the group deemed far less urgent.

Biden “had time to meet with transgender activists, the Golden State Warriors and even George Clooney,” Banks noted.

“That says a lot about the priorities of the Biden administration,” he added.

Customs and Border Protection released new figures showing they encountered 251,487 migrants at the southern border in December.

This is a further increase from previous months and adds to the more than 4 million migrants who have crossed the border since Biden took office in January 2021. It is also a new all-time record exceeding crossings in May 2022.