House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Mark Green (R-NC) said Monday evening that all Democrats on the Committee are withdrawing from a field hearing on President Joe Biden’s ongoing border problem.
The announcement comes as the administration has witnessed a historic flood of millions of illegal immigrants coming into the United States under its watch, which is partly due to Biden’s policies functioning as magnets for migrants and cartel smugglers, according to The Daily Wire.
The New York Times reported last year that Mexican drug gangs increased their revenue from $500 million per year in 2018 to $13 billion in 2022, a 2,500% rise.
“It’s deeply disappointing that the Minority members of the Committee have chosen to bail on this week’s full committee field hearing in Texas, only after they invited and confirmed a minority witness for one of the panels,” Green said in a statement.
“The only message their absence sends is that they are uninterested in coming to the table to have a conversation about the devastation that this border crisis is having on Americans and their communities across the country.
“We will continue to encourage our Democrat colleagues to get out of the DC echo chamber and meet Americans where they are to discuss the biggest issues facing them.”
Ranking Member Bennie Thompson (D-MS) also claimed that Democrats will not participate because “it has become clear that Republicans planned to politicize this event from the start.”
“Instead of a fact-finding mission to develop better border security and immigration policies, Republicans are traveling to the border to attack the Administration and try to score political points with their extreme rhetoric,” Thompson claimed.
“Committee Democrats are in regular contact with Department leadership and stakeholders on the ground and will be taking substantive site visits to the border – including as soon as this week.”
Concerns about Illegal Immigration
Illegal immigration remains a significant concern in the United States, sparking heated debates among policymakers, citizens, and advocacy groups. Several key issues contribute to the ongoing controversy surrounding this topic.
Critics argue that illegal immigrants negatively impact the job market, as they often work for lower wages than their legal counterparts. This drives down salaries and working conditions, making it more challenging for native-born citizens and legal residents to find well-paying jobs. Furthermore, they believe that undocumented immigrants burden public services such as healthcare, education, and social welfare programs without contributing sufficiently to the tax system.
Opponents of illegal immigration assert that porous borders pose a threat to national security. The potential for criminals, terrorists, and drug traffickers to exploit weaknesses in the immigration system raises concerns about the safety and security of American citizens.
Detractors of illegal immigration contend that it undermines the rule of law, as those who enter the country illegally are, by definition, breaking the law. This, they argue, sets a dangerous precedent, sending a message that compliance with immigration laws is optional and, in turn, eroding the integrity of the legal system.