A prominent Democrat is sounding the alarm about the crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border.
During an interview on CNN, Texas Democrat Rep. Henry Cuellar said his own community is sick of Joe Biden’s inaction at the border.
CNN host Anna Cabrera asked: “In April alone, U.S. Customs and Border Protection encountered more than 178,000 migrants at the southern border, 44% of whom were from Central America. So as Guatemala’s president is meeting with the Vice President, he’s described here as someone who doesn’t hold back and he admits they don’t necessarily see eye to eye on how to solve this migraiton issue. What do you hope she’s able to accomplish and walk away with after this trip to stem the surge of migrants in the U.S.?”
“Well, first of all, just the fact that she’s showing up is a win for all of us to make sure that Central America understands that the United States is paying attention to Central America. Second of all, she needs to show some sort of progress,” Cuellar said.
“There are some very difficult, uncomfortable issues that have to be addressed, but nevertheless, we’re not going to solve everything on this particular trip, but we have to show some sort of progress that will be long-term and short-term in nature,” he added.
“Look, we’ve been working on this since 2014. We put in monies, I sit on the Appropriations, we were the first ones to add, you know, $750 million, and, in fact, the administration, the current administration, they still have hundreds and hundreds of millions of dollars that we added back in December, and in the Appropriations, we are requesting more money,” Cuellar said.
“So they have to show that they can, one, stop some of the flow from coming in, because if we look at the root problems, to address the root problems, corruption, crime and all that, that’s going to take years in many ways. But we still have to show — we have to show a way that we can slow down the number of people coming in from Central America,” he added.
“If we don’t do this, I can tell you that the areas that I represent, the border communities, they’re frustrated. I’m telling you, they are frustrated. There are pull factors and push factors that we need to address as soon as possible,” he continued.
The number of people attempting to cross the U.S.-Mexico border from countries beyond Mexico and Central America’s Northern Triangle is surging.
According to a new report, a shopping 33,000 migrants have flocked to the U.S. border from Haiti, Cuba, Romania, and India.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection flagged more than 173,000 encounters with migrants at the nation’s southern border in April, up from just over 17,000 last year and 109,000 in 2019.
More than 33,000 of those migrants came from outside El Salvador, Guatemala, and Mexico.
According to an in-depth report by Axios, approximately 30 percent of all family members who crossed the border in April came from less-typical countries of origin, such as India and Romania, and the influx could mark the beginning of “a more permanent shift in U.S. border migration.”