Democrat Lawmakers Turn on Biden for 'Failed' Response to Border Crisis
'It’s clear that not enough is being done'
Democratic lawmakers from southern border states blasted Joe Biden for failing to address the migrant surge properly.
Democratic senators from Arizona backed Republican Gov. Doug Ducey’s deployment of 500 National Guard.
Sen. Kyrsten Sinema warned the state’s resources, are not enough to tackle the increasing number of illegal migrants crossing in the Tucson and Yuma regions of the state.
"It’s clear that not enough is being done," Sinema said.
"Arizona is bearing the brunt of this crisis because of the federal government's failure to address immigration issues over the last three decades."
Sinema and Sen. Mark Kelly demanded Biden reimburse the state for the $25 million, which is what they expect the National Guard deployment to cost.
Biden still hasn't responded.
“I've been down to the border, Douglas, and Yuma. I’ve talked to sheriffs and mayors and the two-sector chiefs and their leadership teams," Kelly said.
"We've got a problem."
"The federal government has failed on this issue for decades now."
"Washington has to do better, and Arizonans are fed up. So, I'm just going to call it like I see it.”
Biden officials said Congress should take action on immigration issues.
Sinema has already propped bipartisan bill with Republicans calling on Biden to set up regional processing facilities along the border, which are better suited to Border Patrol stations m handling asylum-seeking families.
“What I’m waiting for is the administration to take bold action to actually address these concerns,” Sinema told radio station KTAR News on Thursday.
Meanwhile, Democratic Rep. Henry Cuellar is upset with how Biden is portraying the crisis at the border.
DHS released photos of Border Patrol’s Donna facility, which revealed near-empty rooms compared to in March.
A congresswoman who toured the Donna border facility said it was holding 5,700 people despite its 250-person capacity in March.
Cuellar blasted the photos for being misleading due to the fact that children were still in custody several hundred feet away.
“All they’re doing is they’re moving kids from one tent to the other tent and saying, ‘Oh, they’re not in the Border Patrol (custody),’ but they’re right next door,” Cuellar told Border Report.
“They’re just next door in HHS.”
Biden claimed had the administration had “gotten control” of the international boundary.
“It’s not,” Cuellar said in a Fox News interview, reacting to Biden’s claim.
"To say that we have everything under control, you know. I'm supportive of President Biden. I'm a supporter of his, but we're not paying attention to the border's communities. ... And it's not under control. I can tell you that.”