Senate Republican Whip John Thune (SD) said Wednesday that President Joe Biden and his administration “bears a lot of the responsibility” for the recent surge at the border.
Thune spoke of a recent visit to the border where he observed that one migrant facility that housed children was at 16 times its maximum capacity.
“Border patrol agents have been pulled off the border to deal with the influx of migrants and unaccompanied children, leaving the borders undermanned,” Thune said, adding, “the government is straining to deal with processing the massive number of people who have come across the border.”
Thune noted that the disaster agency FEMA has had to respond to the surge, even though Biden has not wanted to call it an “emergency.”
While at the border, Thune said, “if you don’t build it, they will come,” in reference to Biden halting construction of the border wall.
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