WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), Republican Leader of the House Homeland Security Committee John Katko (R-N.Y.), Republican Leader of the House Foreign Affairs Committee Michael McCaul (R-Texas), and Representative Ann Wagner (R-Mo.) called on President Biden to rescind his far-left policies that have caused record numbers of illegal immigrants to enter the United States. Whip Scalise also brought attention to the horrifying reality of babies being killed outside of the womb and criticized Speaker Pelosi for refusing to put the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act on the House Floor for a vote.
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On President Biden’s self-made crisis at the border:
“We’re going to continue to raise awareness [about] this crisis at America’s southern border. It was exclusively created by President Biden when he, with the stroke of a pen, right when he took the oath of office, undid policies that were working to control our southern border. It had a ripple effect that immediately resulted in people coming by the thousands a day illegally across the Rio Grande and other parts of our southern border. With the members that have gone down to the border, they’ve all seen the same things.
“We went with border patrol agents, we went to shift change and then they took us south to one of the temporary processing centers right by the Rio Grande River and it was alarming, as [Rep. Wagner] said it was heartbreaking to see what was going on. Within minutes, we saw just parades of people coming across, and they were coming across in groups of maybe five or six because that’s how many would fit on the rafts that were being deployed from the Mexico side right across the Rio Grande; they’d send them over, a group of five or six would come through the brush and then they would go and start getting processed. And then a few minutes later, another group [would come] and another group – it was constant the entire night. Around midnight we went right over by the Rio Grande, and as we were going that way, we saw more people that were just coming through the underbrush, young children, many of them unaccompanied. The abuse, the sexual abuse and rape, that is happening to these young girls is heartbreaking. It should be something that President Biden acknowledges and stops. He can stop this today.
“He won’t go down to the border. We’re calling on President Biden to go down to the border himself and see what he created, this mess that he’s created and the carnage these kids are going through right now. This is a detention facility right here, it’s a cell – it’s a holding cell – that’s set up by the federal government. This one was designed for 33 people, there were over four hundred kids in that cell the day we went there and there were multiple cells like this were set up. Every one of them with over 400 people that were designed for 33 kids. They’re on top of each other. A large percentage have COVID, which means it’s got to be spreading through everybody.
“But in the meantime, imagine a restaurant back home in any state in America, if you’re over 100% capacity with state guidelines, they’re probably going to shut that restaurant down. Here you’ve got the federal government running a facility with holding cells over 1000% above capacity, where the government would shut somebody down if they were doing this in the private industry, the federal government is doing this to these young kids.It’s the definition, if you read Texas’ law on child abuse and neglect, what’s happening in that federal facility in the Biden Administration is running violates Texas’ own law.
“It’s a national disgrace and President Biden puts Kamala Harris in charge of it and she refuses to go down, maybe because she doesn’t want to be associated with this disgraceful policy. But if she’s the Vice President of the United States and the President put her in charge of this, Vice President Harris needs to go down to the border and see this for herself because maybe she would then encourage President Biden to reverse his policies that have failed. Again, you can go back to the Trump policies – ‘Remain in Mexico,’ everybody will tell you that the policy was working. The border patrol agents tell us, it’s not like you get 10 different opinions when you ask the same question from 10 different people. Our border patrol agents are all telling us the same thing. One, they signed up for this tough job because they want to stop the drug cartels from bringing drugs into America. What’s happening now is the drug cartels are running America’s southern border. They’re making millions of dollars a day off of this enterprise that was created by President Biden’s executive actions and they don’t want to be at midnight, changing diapers when instead they could be stopping fentanyl and heroin from coming into America’s border. But that’s what they’re doing right now because that’s what President Biden policy has created.
“President Biden created it, he can reverse it today. He needs to go see for himself the damage that he’s doing and stop this madness.”
On the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act discharge petition:
“Starting shortly, we are going to be initiating a discharge petition on Ann Wagner’s Born Alive Act, so Kat Cammack from Florida will be filing the discharge petition. If 218 Members of Congress signed that discharge petition, it will bring the bill to the floor immediately that says if a baby is born alive outside the womb, it can’t be murdered and called abortion.
“Unfortunately that’s happening in states like New York and others that are looking to continue this barbaric practice. The only way to stop it is with an act of Congress.
“Speaker Pelosi won’t bring the bill to the floor, but with 218 signatures that bill can come to the floor on its own. So, we’re going to be filing that discharge petition this morning. Hopefully, we’ll get enough signatures. Five Democrats signing on will bring that bill to the floor. And I know a lot more Democrats that ran [for office said] they were pro-life. You can’t be pro-life if you don’t sign this discharge petition.”