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Border Security Is National Security: It’s Past Time We Take It Seriously

border biden MIA disasterBy – Rep. Kat Cammack (R-FL-03)

For the last 15 months of the Biden presidency, the American people have endured crisis after crisis. On his first day in office, Biden and his administration took several steps to undo the hard—and long overdue—work President Trump and his team crafted. No sector under the Biden administration has been safe from the gross overreach.

Take, for example, the domestic energy sector which has been under siege since Biden’s inauguration. On day one, Biden killed the Keystone Pipeline and more than 11,000 jobs. Why you ask? Because the Keystone Pipeline didn’t fit within his Green New Deal agenda. Structured to provide more than 850,000 barrels of fuel per day, the pipeline would go a long way in keeping our economy humming and our prices low.

On national security, Biden halted Title 42 and the Migrant Protection Protocol (MPP) and stopped construction of the border wall. The resulting border crisis is manmade and could be easily fixed, but Biden refuses to secure the border, instead doing everything he can to stop construction of the border wall and give Customs & Border Protection agents the resources they need. In speaking to Border Patrol agents firsthand during my trips to the border, they’ve repeatedly told me that they need the wall as a force multiplier.

But unlike the border crisis, energy crisis, the Americans left behind in Afghanistan, Ukraine, rising crime, or inflation, we simply cannot walk down the street without tripping over one of Biden’s messes.

As a member of the House Homeland Security Committee, I also know these issues well. Since I was sworn in to represent Florida’s Third Congressional District, I’ve had a front-row seat to the many homeland security crises we face. I’ve traveled to the border three times and listened to the harrowing stories of young women targeted by Facebook’s cartel advertisements. I’ve listened to stories about young women with Plan B in their backpacks, preparing to be sexually assaulted during their journeys to the U.S.

In fact, it’s estimated that close to 80 percent of women and young girls are abused during their travels to the border. In one case, I spoke to a young, nine-year-old girl who could barely tell me her name after screaming so loud that her vocal cords had given out while being gang-raped by cartel members. Her story is horrific, but sadly, it is not unique. The awful, careless disregard by this administration for what’s happening at the border is heartbreaking.

In response to the horrors that we’ve seen, we’ve forced Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to answer for the long list of failures in his critical role before our committee. His lack of empathy is shocking, but more than that, is his lack of knowledge about the role he’s played in this crisis. At every turn, he deflects and misdirects committee questions, leaving us with one conclusion: he simply doesn’t know and he simply doesn’t care.

During my first two visits to the border, I was joined by several of my Homeland Security Committee colleagues. Even after our visit and those by House GOP leadership, the liberal media still has not taken the border crisis seriously, failing to seriously cover the crisis there, choosing to focus on everything instead of the heartbreaking stories happening on U.S. soil.

On one of my visits to the border, we toured the processing facility in Donna, Texas that is used to process and house illegals crossing the border. It is not unusual for these facilities to take in more than 40-50,000 migrants per week. Here we met “borrowed” or “recycled” children under the age of six, repeatedly used to gain entry into the U.S. for immigrants without children of their own because the policies won’t permit anyone with a young child to be deported back to their home countries.

The facts are not easy to ignore: since President Biden took office, there have been over 2.1 million encounters at the southern border. In just January 2022 alone, CBP agents countered 153,941 individuals—a 21-year high and a direct result of this administration’s aimless, thoughtless, unserious approach to our border and our national security.

Fentanyl seizures will only continue to skyrocket, and in FY2022, CBP has already seized 3,569 pounds of fentanyl, or enough to kill millions of Americans. The number one killer of Americans 18-45 in 2020 was fentanyl. It wasn’t COVID and wasn’t climate change like this administration loves to claim; we’ve recorded the highest number of drug-overdose deaths in a 12-month period, eclipsing over 100,000 Americans according to the CDC.

Because anyone doubts this administration can competently handle any of the crises it creates, it has never been more important to have thoughtful, pragmatic conservative leaders who care about this issue and will work hard to put an end to it. Despite the heartbreak, anger, and madness we all feel, my Republican colleagues and I will make drastic changes when we regain the House majority.

Border security is national security and it’s past time we take it seriously.

Congresswoman Kat Cammack proudly serves Florida’s Third Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. She is the youngest Republican woman serving in the 117th Congress and sits on the House Homeland Security Committee, Agriculture Committee, and Select Committee on the Economy.


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Blaine
2 months ago

What we need is the truckers and thousands of Americans to show up at the boarder and form a wall with trucks and people and not let anyone through.

Hilary
2 months ago
Reply to  Blaine

Yep I couldnt agree more! We need to put truckers from Texas to California bumper to bumper.its time for Americans to stand arm&arm at the border. Screw Washington. They just want to tear our country down&take money from us!

Sid
2 months ago

It’s all by design. The Nazis, I mean Democrats, want this, all of it!

Don
2 months ago

Why can’t each state protect/close its own border with the national guard ? Why can’t we send the illegals to the hidens home state ?
Drop them off in the area where the hidens live. Our pres is just as bad as Putin.

Clark Kent
2 months ago
Reply to  Don

Because securing the borders is the responsibility of the Federal government. Read your Constitution.

Miranda
2 months ago

We are being govern by the 3 stooges (Biden, Harris and Pelosi). None of them can express with clarity their ideas of how to benefit the people of this beautiful America. Nancy P. keeps telling us that Biden is “a genius”; genius of what? Genius of destruction of America and the rest of the world is my guess. Please God have mercy on us!

Hal
2 months ago

DemocRats have been taking border security seriously for well over a century. It is just one tool in their political ethics that they have institutionalized in their voting tactics). If one studies the Lincoln County, TX (Laredo) area you can study and verify they for decades seriously have been taking BS (Border Security … altho a more mundane interpretation of BS that might also apply in this case). It is a KEY tactic that allows the DemocRats to control and rig voting outcomes (local, state, and National). LBJ’s first election for his Texas Senatorial seat was accomplished with an unbelievable rash of votes for him in the closing hour from DemocRats in Lincoln (and surrounding areas) to overcome a huge lead by Pappy O’Daniel. NOTE: this occurred in the DemocRat primary …, at the time the Republicans didn’t bother use primary voting to nominate their candidates (a bit of Civil War hangover). So that is a good example that the DemocRats feel that rigging voter counts illegally is good politics unless you get caught (and/or the news media won’t cover it honestly … the DemocRats have that covered too!)

Rich
2 months ago

If for no other reason that we should control the border is the sad state of the drug problems plaguing our country from one coast to the other. The incompetent sad socialist/democrats should be ashamed. Of course they are not. We will suffer the consequences big time, even if many don’t already see it happening.

Unfit
2 months ago

Biden has committed treason. His whole wicked administration should be put on trial.

Hal
2 months ago
Reply to  Unfit

Got to impeach him first and cut off his news media umbilical cord. Frankly, I partially blame a heavily biased news media for the present predicament being stuck with Delunaware Joe Hidin’ Biden. But the first and governing ambition of the DemocRat Party is … “Party first and if keep Americans fooled as long as possible using any legal or non-legal tactics … Party partisanship first and hope to keep ’em fooled as long as possible.”

Joanne Daley
2 months ago

Cammack gives a lot of words but typical of Congress critters offers no viable solution. Until American citizens start raising hell with their legislators from city councils, County Supervisors, state Legislators to federal House and Senate NOTHING will stop Biden. It starts with YOU,!! I live on the border NOBODY gives a shit about the border andxwe are fighting for our lives. They dont listen because we live on the border. People in metro areas where the power base is have yo get in the fight NOW because a month from now is TOO LATE. Title 42 is dead as of MAY 23 and so is America.

Harry
2 months ago
Reply to  Joanne Daley

You should be allowed to shoot the SOB’s if they are on your property! Period stop! Why aren’t the Governors allowing it?

Fred
2 months ago

Americans do not understand why Republicans have not fought back against Bidum’s illegal immigration policies, I sure do not understand that. America has immigration laws that our ancestors had to follow to come to America and become citizens. Bidum has violated all those laws and more since entering the WH and he and his administration should be tried for treason. They have created or utilized one crises after another to divert and keep America’s attention away from what they are doing. Meanwhile America is going down the drain. I seriously doubt Russia would have attacked Ukraine if Trump were president. Bidum created the atmosphere for Putin to attack.

Wayne
2 months ago
Reply to  Fred

Republicans are a minority in the House and can pass no legislation. Even if they could find a dozen ethical democrats to help them pass a bill, it would have to get through the Senate, which IS a possibility, but still wouldn’t accomplish anything. Why? Because the senile and corrupt fraudulent Bidumb would veto it. So there’s your answer. Stolen elections have consequences.

Hal
2 months ago
Reply to  Fred

You might consider adding a “b” to your spelling of “BIDUM” … BIDUMB????

tempus
2 months ago

Biden is too busy worrying about Ukraine’s border and security to worry about the border and security of the United States.

PaulE
2 months ago
Reply to  tempus

Biden is dragging his feet on Ukraine as well. Biden is just seriously unqualified for the position of POTUS on any level. I seriously doubt he wants the Ukrainians to have chance to push back against Putin.

Wayne
2 months ago
Reply to  tempus

The only thing Bidumb worries about is what flavor of ice cream to eat. He was never smart, and in his present condition of dementia, he does well to remember that he was installed in the White House.

Janet
2 months ago
Reply to  Wayne

Biden is a puppet, not a President. He is Obama’s third term and Soros and Gates phony figurehead to try to create their one world order plan. I think more and more people are starting to wake up and smell the roses and we can only pray they vote in 2022. I worry about the border because I have no idea how the American taxpayers are supposed to pay for their housing, healthcare, and living expenses plus schooling for their children when we can’t even afford some of those things for our own children and households. Do we have to have another 9-11 for them to figure out that an open border is not a good thing? Between the Cartels smuggling drugs and people plus gang members and the opportunity for terrorists to enter undetected, you have to wonder when these people will wake up.

Hal
2 months ago
Reply to  tempus

I don’t think he is worried about either one … and he is incompetent and unconcerned to help improve either situation,

Sammy
2 months ago

What border security? I’m still waiting for serious border security and it has been well over 50 years now. Trump came closest with his wall and I give him credit for that, but all politicians outside of him for the past 50 years did nothing of note to stop the illegal invasion in our country except to BS us. Legal immigration —- good. Illegal immigration —- bad. What’s so hard to understand about that? Just stop illegal illegal immigration no matter the cost. Our country would benefit from that in so many different ways going forward.

John King
2 months ago
Reply to  Sammy

Plus it is the one thing the federal government is charged to do in the constitution. Secure the border.

Hal
2 months ago

Border security is a partisan issue twixt the Republican and DemocRat parties. The DemocRats want unfettered immigration because that is a source of illegal voters they can use to rig elections. The Republicans know this but are too shy to forcefully point if out and take stronger measures to nip it in the bud. An d of course the Media in general promotes illegal immigration as favor to the Democrat propaganda. It seems like the Media is the darling of the DemocRats … and has been since WW I.

Bill on the Hill
2 months ago

Congresswoman Kat Cammack is a JR Congresswoman, however I can appreciate all of her concerns on our disastrous southern border with ZERO security, i.e. a wide open border & the cancellation of the last remaining Trump policies, i.e.  Biden halted Title 42 and the Migrant Protection Protocol (MPP). Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas should be REMOVED immediately for his feckless attitude & his tone deaf responses. This man is a walking/talking disaster…
We have been in a National Security situation from Day ( 1 ) from a Coup D’état 2020 election that is STILL being allowed to stand, despite our southern border crisis…A deliberate presidential administration hellbent on destroying this nation of Freedom Loving people…
Effectively shutting down the Keystone pipeline on day ( 1 ) & putting 11,000 Americans out of work with the stroke of a pen…We continue to get the Canadian oil, but in the most dangerous manner possible, via truck & rail heading south to Oklahoma & Texas refineries, all under the guise of ” climate change “, i.e. The Green New Deal. The entire reasoning behind it is FAKE…
I appreciate Congresswoman Pat Cammack’s concerns in a otherwise well written piece, but in all honesty we can’t afford to depend on regaining both houses after the Nov. midterms to effectively reverse all of the insanity coming out of Washington, DC. Invoking the 25th on this sitting faux potus is every bit as problematic too as this would explain why a VP of questionable intelligence and/or experience was installed as Biden’s VP…
Keep ’em coming AMAC!
Bill… :~)

PaulE
2 months ago

Hi Bill,

I don’t think most people on our side are foolish enough to think that flipping both chambers of Congress to Republicans is going to magically result in reversing any or all the damage the Biden administration has done since Day One. At least I hope so. If they don’t, then they have a massive misunderstanding of the separation of distinct powers between the Executive branch and the Legislative branch under the Constitution.

The vast majority of the damage inflicted on this country has been via executive orders, regulatory changes initiated by Biden Cabinet officials acting under his orders and massively wasteful and inappropriate spending bills that have stoked inflationary pressures across the economy. That’s all in the system at this point and Congress has no say in controlling what the President does with departments and agencies directly under his control.

A Congress controlled by Republicans would have zero power to change any of those aside from potentially preventing new, massive spending bills from being drafted and passed by Congress. The power of the purse. Unless Republicans were to get veto proof majorities in both chambers of Congress, which no one seriously thinks is a possibility especially in the Senate with how the election maps and demographic trends line up, new laws drafted by Congress to either change or repeal any of the legislation enacted by Democrats in the last 15 months is a non-starter.

Aside from initiating impeachment proceeding against Biden and then Harris, which both McConnell and McCarthy have both said they have no intention of doing in multiple interviews, real change to the destructive Biden policies already in place or teed up for the rest of the idiot’s first term have to wait until a potential Republican President is sitting in the WH in January 2025. Hopefully either President Trump or someone who shares his same vision and courage to get things done that displease the administrative state. Which between you and me is a long, long times away. Especially with the rate of destruction coming from the Biden administration.

Bill on the Hill
2 months ago
Reply to  PaulE

Points well taken Paul…2024 is still to far out to come to any plausible conclusions as to who will or will not run for potus under the GOP banner…
IMHO, DeSantis will remain as governor in Florida because of the the excellent work he is doing for it’s citizens…I can see him being on the 2028 presidential ticket however…
The regaining of both Houses after the midterms is not a certainty & as you have stated, it will make little difference with respect to all the damage that already has been done through primarily Executive Orders by the ” demented one ” sadly enough…
All the best,
Bill… :~)

Phillip Gram
2 months ago

When are true American Patriots going to get fed up form a convoy to go down and defend the border? Have we As Americans lost our nerve. Are we a patriot fathers sons or not?

Joanne Daley
2 months ago
Reply to  Phillip Gram

You are 100% correct. That is the only thing that is going to get things on the border to change. I tried to convince the convoy people to go tovthe border not DC But they didnt listen. They have been in DC and its made no difference. Guarantee if the went to the border the Biden Cartel would be screaming and hollering about blocking the border but the illegals would stop
We did that in 2005 and no illegals crossed in our county for a month. It works!!!!

Wayne
2 months ago
Reply to  Phillip Gram

We would get arrested for interfering with those openly breaking our laws.

Kim
2 months ago

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then the candidates should show us what’s going on at the border and the consequences of the liberals’ open border policy. It’s one thing to read the headlines; it’s quite another to witness the tragedy in living color. If those impressions should accompany each of us into the voting booth, I daresay a few democrats and independents will vote for candidates who pledge to secure the border and thoroughly vet every person entering our country.

Awful as it would be to see, show us pictures or video of people dead from drug overdoses, children being dropped over the wall, dead bodies in sealed trailers or desiccated in the desert, the heartache of losing a father or a sister, and the tears and anguish of those young girls gang-raped or sold into sex slavery.

Show us bar graphs which depict the stark difference between a secure border and an open one, numbers of illegal crossings, and the burdensome cost to the American taxpayers (“You!“) to feed, house, and educate illegal immigrants. Be sure to include how liberal policies favor the undocumented while plenty of hard-working American citizens can barely feed their families or keep the lights on. And don’t fail to mention the president’s wacky idea that a child separated from his parents deserves to be given $450,000. Be sure to punctuate this narrative with the insane notions of various democrats in order to drive home this unimaginably sad state of affairs.

Here’s an immigration story that makes no sense whatsoever. A friend of a relative is about to be deported back to India, where he was born. He has lived in the United States legally for about 20 years, and has earned a few doctorate degrees. This man has contributed a great deal to the field of computer science and security, and has grown wealthy due to his dedication to work. He loves living here (in Miami, Congressman Cammack!), and wants to make his life here…not in a country where he would feel like an outsider. Comparing this man’s story to the caravans of people crashing our borders disgusts me.

Our leaders in Washington D.C. have turned everything topsy-turvy and are putting our national security at great risk. This must stop. Pictures, Ms. Cammack…we’ve heard the words and a few have read the stories, but nothing makes the point as well as seeing the footage.

legally present
2 months ago
Reply to  Kim

Well YOU yourself can google the Border Patrol, I have the Rio Grande Border Patrol, and get daily updates of the stash houses, bales of pot, seizures of fentanyl, groups of hundreds that are SEEN crossing the river, and that doesn’t count the over hundreds of thousands of got-aways caught on camera, but never caught. WHY are the deporting the man from India IF he has lived here legally for about 20 years??? There is NO reason to deport him if he was legally present, OR did he overstay his Visa??? Many people from India have thrived here, one is Jayapal who is a complete Liberal from Seattle. You can have reports sent to you daily from any border sector you want.

Kim
2 months ago

Yes, obviously, I can duckduckgo the videos myself, but I meant those who normally are not inclined to look for such material. When representatives and senators are hosting town hall meetings, giving speeches in Congress, attending rallies, participating in debates, at news conferences, when being interviewed by the media, on the campaign trail…they can bring the big posters and videos. Who averts their eyes from a train wreck? I have seen some improvement since biden became president, but we’re still lagging far behind.

My point is that seeing the tragedy caused by open borders is so much more effective than reading about it. But of course, the conservatives must find opportunities to flood the media–to get the voters’ attention–in order to sway enough votes. When the dems utter snide remarks about conservatives, they must be challenged at the moment. We let too much slip by. I hear it all the time on PBS, NPR, and others. The MSM are never held accountable.

Republicans have not done a stellar job compared to the democrats, who have a united voice. They can round up their followers like no others. Even though they speak lies, offer promises they break, and foolishly rack up the national debt, they spout their platform convincingly and make millions believe that the progressive view is attainable, woke (and therefore fashionable), and desired by the masses. We conservatives value individualism and tradition, but that’s considered old fashioned and boring by the younger generations. They want the free stuff. As they grow older, many will smarten up.

But the socialist democrats know they have this golden opportunity to ram through their agenda, despite the cost and the enmity growing between the parties. Maybe I’m overly optimistic, but I believe with a more convincing platform, a solid plan in writing (problems addressed, planned solutions, costs, goals, and consequences for failure), and a strong narrative from the candidates, we can convince enough people that we are the logical choice.

Our Indian friend was not able to renew his green card last year (I’m not sure how all that works). He has spoken with congressmen and even moved to a more “friendly” state to try again. He’s hired a team of immigration attorneys, so far to no avail. I’m assured that he lives an exemplary life (no drugs, no convictions, truly patriotic) and is the kind of immigrant we would welcome in this country.

PaulE
2 months ago
Reply to  Kim

If I can distill your response down a bit, people like you and I are asking and expecting for the Republicans this time around to put some real effort and skin into the game. Something they are almost always trying to avoid any way possible. Instead of just “winging it” with the usual canned, stale speech and maybe a few jokes for the crowd as they hope to skate by. You know, actually do their job in a professional manner and justify their value to being elected. What a concept huh? Which is to lay out a clear and concise rationale for why voting for a Republican will result in positive and meaningful changes. Something that leaves a lasting impression. Which is what visuals are designed to do.

Nothing you asked for, in terms of an interactive and portable presentation, is unrealistic or hard to do. I used to do these decades ago off a laptop plugged into a client’s overhead projector or the board room’s large screen monitor. Today you can substitute one or two LCD TV’s for the overhead for the audience if you want. Virtually every place most politicians speak at has ready access to an in-house, large screen TV for presentation purposes. Everything is digital these days, so it is so much easier and accessible. There is no legitimate excuse for not using the best means possible to drive a message home.

I am constantly amazed we still get watch the staff of elected officials hauling out an easel and massive posture size charts that they have to flip through manually during the rare instances some Congressman, Senator or even the President uses a visual medium to show a chart, chart or picture. The again, when I worked briefly in the federal government, I was amazed at how far behind the times, both technically and from a mind-set perspective, the typical government employee is.

Kim
2 months ago
Reply to  PaulE

“Uncle Sam needs you, PaulE!”

So, it is possible, but does the House or Senate floor have that capability? I’ve seen many congressmen doing the easel/poster bit, which is better than nothing. Some staff are better at it than others, but I wonder if the dem leaders would permit a Republican to bring us the big screen. If Congresswoman Cammack is reading these comments, maybe she’ll look into it. I just wrote to Sen Tillis, and will do so again asking these questions. The other Senator, Burr–he wasn’t taking emails…another overpaid RINO about to collect his pension.

PaulE
2 months ago
Reply to  Kim

I put in my time in the federal government and vowed to NEVER GO BACK.

Yes, you could easily setup a number of large screen TVs linked together to show a presentation to the chamber or just one monitor that could be broadcast as part of any presentation to the public. The only issue preventing most members of Congress from joining the 21st century is the mindset of most long-term government employees. They ALL hate change of any type, as they equate change with risk and anything that contains even a remote risk must be avoided at all costs. Yes, I know that is an incredibly stupid mindset, but that is the kind of thinking that permeates so much of the public sector and why working for the federal government was so painful. Everything was like pulling teeth, even for the most modest things.

Rik
2 months ago

If the Democrats have their way it’ll only be a matter of time before We the People will be addressing each other as “Comrade”!

PaulE
2 months ago

Border security is dead in this country. We had 2.4 million illegals stream into this country last year. Another million plus illegals got away from Border Patrol and made their way in the United States last year. The Biden administration is about to eliminate Title 42 and are expecting at least 500,000 illegals to stream into this country every single month going forward. That’s a minimum number, NOT a maximum number. All being shipped around the country by the United States government to alter the voting demographics to favor Democrats. Understand the complex game the Democrats are playing to ensure elections no longer pose a problem for them.

By the government’s own new estimates, they are projecting upwards of potentially 30 million new illegals to have crossed into this country from our southern border by the time the 2024 Presidential elections roll around. That’s in addition to the over 40 million illegals that were already in this country before Biden took the oath of office. What do you think the odds are of any Republican ever being elected President again, if only half the total number of illegals manage to cast a vote? Answer: ZERO. By the way, the Democrats are already addressing that issue as well in various ways.

Max
2 months ago
Reply to  PaulE

Good analysis.

Bill on the Hill
2 months ago
Reply to  PaulE

On the Federal level, the illegals have to become LEGAL citizens to vote, however at the local level, i.e. state’s sanctuary cities, are allowing illegal’s to vote at the local level, i.e. here in Vermont under RINO governor Phil Scott has allowed his Capital city of Montpelier & the Queen City of Burlington to be ” sanctuary cities ” giving the illegal immigrants the right to vote in their local elections…
Anyone whom thinks the Biden administration does not have this in mind for ALL ( 50 ) states for the Federal Elections is in denial of the facts at hand…
This is what all but guarantees no Republican candidate from ever being elected POTUS ever again in America, hence the 24/7, 365 days a year of a WIDE OPEN southern border in America…
Come one & come all & don’t forget who your ” Sugar Daddy ” was, the Democrat Party… :~(
Bill… :~)

PaulE
2 months ago

Have you ever seen the voter rolls on most states? How many have a special designation signifying local versus federal elections? Hint: Amost none. The rolls show name, address, voting district, etc. So once you are registered to vote, there really isn’t anything for the poll worker to check to see if they don’t ask to see the person’s driver license or state issued ID card that will have a small indicator the person is not a citizen. Which in many blue states they don’t. So you end up relying on the honesty of the person who entered the country illegally to not break the law a second time and vote. Which is why a number of Democrat controlled states are pushing to allow illegals to vote “in just local elections” knowing full well most poll workers never ask to see any form of ID. All which justifies the Biden policy of allowing unlimited illegals to flow into the country to bulk up the Democrat voter base.

Bill on the Hill
2 months ago
Reply to  PaulE

Point well taken Paul, thanks…
Bill… :~)

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