Comer, Biggs, Herrell to Lead Trip to Southern Border to Conduct Oversight of Biden’s Border Crisis
Republican lawmakers to hold press conference on April 12 in Yuma
WASHINGTON—Next week, House Committee on Oversight and Reform Ranking Member James Comer (R-Ky.), Representative Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.), and Representative Yvette Herrell (R-N.M.) will lead a trip to San Diego, California and Yuma, Arizona to examine firsthand President Biden’s border crisis. During the visit, the Republican lawmakers will tour U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) facilities, hear from local officials and law enforcement, visit the border wall, and examine conditions on the ground. Joining the visit are Representatives Glenn Grothman (R-Wisc.), Pete Sessions (R-Texas), Byron Donalds (R-Fla.), and Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.). At the conclusion of the tour, the Republican lawmakers will hold a press conference.
WHAT: Press conference on President Biden’s border crisis
WHEN: Tuesday, April 12, 2022, at 1:45pm local time
WHERE: Main Yuma Library, 2951 S 21st Dr, Yuma, AZ 85364
Ranking Member James Comer (R-Ky.)
Oversight Committee Republican lawmakers
Yuma County Supervisor Jonathan Lines
MEDIA: Credentialed media must RSVP to Jessica.Collins@mail.house.gov
BACKGROUND: President Biden’s open border policies have created a historic border crisis. From proposing a massive amnesty as his first legislative action to eroding interior enforcement through a series of unilateral memoranda, the Biden Administration has demonstrated that illegal immigration will often be rewarded with unchecked release into the interior of the U.S. In calendar year 2021, there were over two million apprehensions of illegal border crossers by U.S. Border Patrol, the most ever recorded. In Yuma, border apprehensions soared from 8,800 in fiscal year 2020 to nearly 115,000 in fiscal year 2021. Additionally, as fentanyl overdoses are surging across the nation, CBP seized over 10,000 pounds of fentanyl in fiscal year 2021, more than double what it seized in fiscal year 2020. The Biden Administration recently announced it plans to end Title 42 expulsions, which will worsen the national security and humanitarian crisis at the border.