Biden Is Putting States On Cleanup Duty (Marsha Blackburn Op-ed)
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By U.S. Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) –
Over the last several months, Americans have watched news broadcasts and cell phone videos of buses filled with illegal immigrants traveling cross-country from the southern border. This footage, while dramatic, does not exaggerate the severity of the situation. The chaos creeping into our communities is just one of the many dangerous consequences of Joe Biden’s open border agenda.
Since the start of the fiscal year, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has arrested 1.82 million illegal immigrants, and they are on track to hit two million by the end of September. We have evidence that cartel members, gang leaders, and known terrorists have concealed themselves in the large waves of migrants, and that some (but not all) of them have made it into the country.
CBP reports that since last October, they have arrested at least 66 migrants listed in the Terrorist Screening Database (TSDB). This influx has created a security and humanitarian disaster and put a tremendous strain on state resources.
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In the Lone Star State, which has long been the busiest hub along the U.S.-Mexico border, more crossings have meant spending more taxpayer money to do the federal government’s job. Texas officials are currently sending busloads of migrants to Washington, D.C. and New York City to prevent limited state resources from running dry.
In Tennessee, the increase in illegal immigration has put a heavy burden on law enforcement. Just this month in Chattanooga, a McDonald’s employee called the police after she caught illegal immigrants harassing customers for spare change. Beyond petty crime, deadlier than normal drugs have made it into the hands of local dealers, courtesy of cartel mules. Illegal drugs laced with fentanyl are now responsible for 79% of drug overdose deaths in Nashville. When I talk with sheriffs about the impact of drug trafficking in Tennessee, they tell me what they used to measure in ounces, they now measure in pounds.
Against all odds, state, county, and city leaders have done a tremendous job managing the effects of illegal immigration. Meanwhile, Biden is desperate to make local leaders’ jobs more difficult. The “Biden Welcome Package” for illegal immigrants includes free healthcare, free transportation, and free phones; if that wasn’t enough, this month Biden ended President Trump’s Remain in Mexico policy which was crucial to deterring illegal border crossings.
Under Joe Biden’s watch, every town is a border town, and every state is a border state. In Tennessee, leaders are finding new ways to address these challenges, and on Capitol Hill, I joined legislation to stop drugs from flowing into Appalachia and prevent the Biden Welcome Package from getting even bigger.
What we are seeing on TV screens, on social media, and in our towns isn’t the result of state-level mismanagement. It’s the result of Joe Biden’s open border agenda. If Biden has any chance of fixing the damage he caused, he needs to stop encouraging illegal immigration and start securing the border.
About the Author: Marsha Blackburn is the senior United States Senator from Tennessee. A businesswoman, she is a member of the Republican Party. Blackburn was a state senator from 1999 to 2003 and represented Tennessee’s 7th congressional district in the U.S. House from 2003 to 2019. On November 6, 2018, she became the first woman to be elected to the U.S. Senate from Tennessee, defeating former Democratic Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen. She took over as the state’s senior senator in January 2021, when outgoing Senator Lamar Alexander retired. Follow Blackburn on Twitter @MarshaBlackburn and Facebook.
4 thoughts on “Biden Is Putting States On Cleanup Duty (Marsha Blackburn Op-ed)”
Time to Tell Conrad Biden to stuff it and Bus every alien to his state and any other Blue one. America is fed up with this treasonous act against the U.S. and will let it be known in November and beyond.
And Blackburn needs to do SOMETHING.. she is on the subcommittee for Immigration, Citizenship and Border Safety under the Committee on the Judiciary. I see her doing NOTHING. Except TALK. Did I miss something?
She’s woke for sure! Shame its the wrong kinda woke. We have the Russian invasion of 45 and thanks in large part to Marsha selling our elections to Russian money funneled by the NRA to politicians in Washington. I have never feared people coming to America from our southern border. I do fear this woman’s insistence the other party created this fearful scary thing of brown folks coming here. She has lost all my respect. Her God is, a special one God never said to hate a neighbor. He did say render onto Caesar what is Caesar’s. Our constitution is coming for you. Clean hands mean something to every voter, we won’t forget you filthy hands all over this.
WE cant stop BIDEN until we take back CONGRESS, and the SENATE and I hope as soon as we do they do every thing possible to IMPEACH HIM AND HARRIS.