Republican Rep. Chip Roy is calling for the impeachment of both Democrat President Joe Biden and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas – pointing to the out of control border crisis.
Roy tweeted out what he said were preliminary border numbers for the month of July, which he noted were subject to change.
“Total encounters: 205,029. Total known gotaways: 37,400,” Roy tweeted. “1.3 million for [Fiscal Year] 21 so far. Largest monthly encounter number since 2000.”
The numbers, if accurate, would be the largest total ever recorded by DHS, since its inception in 2002.
“What Joe Biden is doing at our border is impeachable,” Jesse Kelly, a political commentator, responded. “It’s more impeachable than Watergate. This is an attack on the sovereignty of America and it’s coming from the Oval Office. Republicans should move to impeach after 2022.”
Roy responded to Kelly’s tweet by writing: “Co-sponsor. #ImpeachBiden #ImpeachMayorkas”
In a statement to The Daily Wire, Roy explained his call to impeach Biden and Mayorkas, “Over the past several months, President Biden and Sec. Mayorkas have blatantly and consistently refused to do their constitutional duty to take care that the immigration laws be faithfully executed, as required by Article II, endangering countless American and foreign lives in the process.”
A reporter for The Washington Post later confirmed the July border numbers that Roy tweeted out.
With that influx if illegals to the border, comes an absurd number of children traveling alone picked up at the border – a number which officials say is also likely to be the highest ever in July.
The sharp increases from June were striking because crossings usually slow during stifling — and sometimes fatal — summer heat.
U.S. authorities likely picked up more than 19,000 unaccompanied children in July, exceeding the previous high of 18,877 in March, according to David Shahoulian, assistant secretary for border and immigration policy at the Department of Homeland Security. The June total was 15,253.
The activity was overwhelmingly concentrated in the Border Patrol’s Del Rio and Rio Grande Valley sectors in south Texas.
What’s even more concerning about these border crossings is that Border Patrol are not testing migrants for COVID-19 before releasing them to travel throughout the United States – a questionable move as the Biden administration is weighing locking down American citizens once again to combat the so-called Delta variant.
“They aren’t tested at encounter. [Unaccompanied children] and family units are moved out of custody quickly. If they are infected and do not have obvious symptoms, they are sent out,” a senior Customs and Border Protection official said on Monday.
Migrant families and children are “only tested once we turn them over or unless symptomatic,” the official added.
Chris Cabrera, National Border Patrol Council spokesman, said in an email Monday that the “majority of people in Border Patrol custody are not tested.”
“If an individual shows signs or symptoms of COVID-19 they will be sent for testing,” Cabrera wrote in an email. “If an individual has any type of medical emergency and is transported to the hospital for treatment, the hospital will test them as a precaution.”
It is unknown how many people were given coronavirus tests or how many had the virus when they were released. Neither person would provide an estimate calculation.
Local officials in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, where more migrants attempt to get across than any other part of the 2,000-mile border, began speaking out last week, alleging that the Border Patrol was taking people into custody and then letting them go without first checking them if they have the coronavirus.
“Faced with multiple reports that migrants are being released in Hidalgo County infected with COVID-19, I am calling on federal immigration officials to stop releasing these migrants into our communities,” Hidalgo County Judge Richard Cortez said in a plea for Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to stop the releases.
Author: Collin Lowsen