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Hyde-Smith registers alarm over border crisis, says Congress must act to overcome Biden inaction

By: Anne Summerhays - February 2, 2022

“This is a crisis of President Biden’s own making. We can fix it,” Hyde-Smith declares.

On Wednesday, U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS) joined a news conference and said that Congress must take strong action to overcome inaction by the Biden Administration to secure the southern border.

Hyde-Smith said that said that the record-breaking crisis of illegal crossings by migrants, criminals, and illicit drugs into the United States is “beyond a cause for alarm.”

“It is incredible that we are continuing to have press conferences to bring this to the attention of the President of the United States,” Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith said. “There is a major crisis going on at the border and to think two million people have come across that border illegally and the drug issues that are being compounded, as you’ve heard about that already, and the crimes that are being committed.”

“It is beyond a cause for alarm,” Hyde-Smith continued. “It is truly a direct result of President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris doing nothing about this at all. They are feeding into this crisis. They stopped the border wall. They have totally undercut the border agents, and they refuse to go down there. I am with Senator Lankford, that this is a crisis by design, that it is purposely created.”

Hyde-Smith stated on Twitter that the “inaction has led to more than 2 million illegal crossings (249% increase in Dec. ’21 alone) and billions in taxpayer dollars to process. We know we can fix it. We must fix it!”

At the news event, Hyde-Smith also advocated for enactment of the Wall Act of 2021 (S.3146), a measure she cosponsored that would fully fund completion of the U.S.-Mexico border wall.

“It’s evident President Biden doesn’t have any intention of enforcing our immigration laws and is instead signaling that the border is open,” Hyde-Smith said in November.  “We need the WALL Act to begin to get U.S. border security back on track.  The fact that this bill is fully offset by clamping down on the abuse of benefits programs that shouldn’t go to those who are here illegally.”

 

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Anne Summerhays

Anne Summerhays is a recent graduate of Millsaps College where she majored in Political Science, with minors in Sociology and American Studies. In 2021, she joined Y’all Politics as a Capitol Correspondent. Prior to making that move, she interned for a congressional office in Washington, D.C. and a multi-state government relations and public affairs firm in Jackson, Mississippi. While at Millsaps, Summerhays received a Legislative Fellowship with the Women’s Foundation of Mississippi where she worked with an active member of the Mississippi Legislature for the length of session. She has quickly established trust in the Capitol as a fair, honest, and hardworking young reporter. Her background in political science helps her cut through the noise to find and explain the truth.