Chip Somodevilla / Getty ImagesRep. Louie Gohmert speaks during a news conference with members of the House Freedom Caucus about the immigration crisis at the US-Mexico border outside the US Capitol on March 17, 2021, in Washington, D.C. (Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images)By Kaylee Greenlee
Published March 17, 2021 at 11:32am
Several Republican representatives on Wednesday criticized the Biden administration’s failure to acknowledge what they called a crisis at the southern border.
Members of the House Freedom Caucus said during a news conference that the situation at the border is a health and national security crisis that President Joe Biden has refused to acknowledge.
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas would not refer to the situation as a crisis during a congressional hearing on Wednesday.
“This administration knew it was coming … they knew this surge was coming because of their lousy policies,” Arizona Rep. Andy Biggs said.
He called the surge in illegal immigration “Biden’s inhumane border crisis” and said the Biden administration is more focused on undoing former President Donald Trump’s immigration policies than addressing the situation at the border.