Lankford Pushes Real Policy to Fix Biden’s Border Crisis; Not Funding to Allow Biden Admin to Continue the Chaos
WASHINGTON, DC – Senator James Lankford (R-OK), lead Republican on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Government Operations and Border Management, shared a video to expose how the Biden Administration’s latest funding request would fuel the crisis at the southern border—not fix it.
Yesterday, Lankford questioned Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas during the annual “Threats to the Homeland” hearing in the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.
Just following up on my conversation yesterday with Ali Mayorkas, Secretary of Homeland Security. He was in a hearing, and I wanted to be able to walk through what is needed to actually stop the flow on the southern border. It’s interesting the Administration keeps saying, ‘We’re doing things.’ They’ve asked for additional money to be able to help facilitate what’s happening. But really, the dollars they’re asking for just will make the flow go faster not actually stop the flow. So, I asked him point blank, ‘Will the dollars actually stop the flow?’ He responded as he should have, ‘No, he actually needs changes in policy.’ And I pressed down on that. Changes in asylum? Changes in some of the rules that are coming through? Increased ability to be able to turn people around? This is the kind of stuff that actually Senate Democrats have said they don’t want to do. They want to just do dollars. But, Secretary of Homeland Security actually said, ‘No, we’ve got to actually have policy changes to be able to get this done.’ That’s a key shift from where Democrats in the Senate are. My focus has been all along, we’ve got to be able to zero in on changing the status quo, change how the actual law is on how we’re managing people coming through and then to be able to make those changes right now.
Just a quick side note on this, I mentioned about asylum. If you go back to 2010, we had about 21,000 people a year come across the southwest border asking for asylum. We now have that in three days. So, there’s a huge shift that has occurred. It’s time for us to make a shift in law as well to respond to that and to shut this down.