WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) published an opinion piece on FoxNews.com Monday about his recent trip to the southwest border and the Biden administration’s mishandling of the ongoing crisis at the border.
The piece can be found here and excerpts are below.
During Friday’s tour of the Rio Grande with 18 of my Republican Senate colleagues, our boat slowed down to prevent its wake from disturbing a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol craft stationed near the shoreline.
The Texas Department of Public Safety officer commanding our boat pointed out a dead body floating in the water that the CBP boat was responding to.
That corpse was just one of many tragic things we witnessed during our two-day trip to the border near McAllen, Texas.
The Biden administration is not allowing journalists to see or photograph the reality of what is happening as this third wave of unaccompanied children and families exploit our broken asylum system. So my colleagues and I took pictures, and contrary to the Biden administration minder’s demand that we delete them, we posted them for the public to view.
As the former chairman of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, I have been involved with the problem of illegal immigration and border security since 2015. I have been charting the numbers and showing the effects of policy changes and court decisions.
What is so sad is that this third wave didn’t have to happen.
We were told that when Biden transition officials asked Trump Homeland Security officials how to prevent a border crisis, they were explicitly told to keep the Migrant Protection Protocols (a.k.a. Remain in Mexico) and other agreements with Mexico and Central American countries in place.
But upon assuming office, instead of heeding that advice, President Biden completely dismantled the very policies that had ended the surge and that his administration had been urged to retain. We are now experiencing the predictable results.
The Biden administration justifies its new policies as being humane. But let’s be clear:
No matter what President Biden and Vice President Harris say or what their friends in the media write, there is nothing humane about enacting policies that entice migrants to make a perilous journey, subjecting themselves to the depredations of human traffickers, sexual abuse, involuntary servitude and even death.