Sen. Katie Britt (R-Ala.) claimed on Wednesday that Mexican cartels are reaching out to migrants, detailing some of the atrocities migrants face at the border and beyond. He slammed President Biden for giving “lectures” on the virtues of immigration. This country is now the “American Nightmare” rather than the American Dream.
In a press conference with Senate Republican leadership, Britt said anyone who does not report on “indefensible” and “evil” events at the border is “complicit in modern-day slavery.” Texas Sen. Ted Cruz reiterated his appeal to the media. He is said to be turning a blind eye to “the people who are being brutalized by these policies.”
“Drug cartels, they have their tentacles all over this country,” Britt said. “We need to start talking about that. In Sen. Cruz’s point, they’re going to tell you exactly how much they paid to get here, and where they’re going and what work they’re going to do, and I’ll tell you how.” I owe them more. Understood? ”
“So what? Just the other day, a gentleman in Alabama said to me, “If you come back with me to this neighborhood right behind me, there are immigrants who are here illegally, and they They’ll tell you about the drug cartels.” “Every other week I come to collect them. Folks, that’s not the American Dream. It’s the American Nightmare,” she said.
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Republicans have said there have been more than 6 million illegal border encounters since President Biden took office, including 2.4 million people caught crossing the border illegally in fiscal year 2022, Britt continued. The president claimed to have secured the border.
“I’m tired of Joe Biden preaching about the soul of America,” Britt said. “I’m telling you, he needs the heart to actually listen to people. He needs the compassion to actually listen to them and the willingness to work with people. And Joe Biden needs a determined It takes courage to take action, and we are. We stand here and are ready to do this. ”
At the beginning of the press conference, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R.S.C.) said that the Biden administration’s proposed compromise with Republicans to avert a government shutdown would include cracking down on immigration, detaining violent criminals, and dealing with cartels. It said it did not allocate funds to the fight and instead authorized funding. Funding for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) would be reprogrammed to local housing facilities “to assist with housing costs for illegal immigrants.”
Britt called it “a complete joke.”
“This crisis is only going to get worse every day. By the end of his term, there will be over 10 million people living here. By the way, get them all in one place. “It would be the 11th largest state in the United States,” Britt said. “Folks, this is out of control. We have to do something. We will not allow this to happen in a third world country. We should never allow this to happen in the United States. .”
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Britt, a newly elected senator in 2022, said Republican Sens. Marsha Blackburn (Tennessee) and John Cornyn (Texas) had taken her to the border and that she was also in the situation. He admitted that he was able to see it directly. “She was able to listen to women’s stories, and their stories were brutal,” Britt said.
“Because when a woman sits there and talks about not just being raped, but how many times a day she gets raped, when she talks about having to lie in that bed while they come and go; It’s disgusting and it’s despicable,” Britt said. “Everyone, look at the number of people who have died at the border. Because Joe Biden is making it more and more appealing to come here. Don’t get me wrong, this is the result of failed policies. We can fix this. We can’t.” Instead of throwing money at this and fixing it, we have to actually change policy. ”
“I looked into CBP’s eyes. [U.S. Customs and Border Patrol] “We’re exhausted,” the agents said. We’re not just pushing a piece of paper, we’re also fulfilling what we took the oath of office to do: protect this border,” Britt recalled. When you learn that they dragged the bodies of drowning people and women who were pregnant with twins into that river, it changes your perspective on what’s going on. ”
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At least 232,972 people were arrested for illegally crossing the border in August, an increase of 365% compared to the same month in 2020. From this year to date, 151 people caught crossing the border illegally have been identified as being on the terrorist watch list.
“I guarantee you, if you look at the group here, we’ve been proposing solution after solution,” Britt said.