Border Crisis Boils Over: McCarthy & GOP Investigate

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( – House Speaker McCarthy is set to lead a House delegation to the U.S.-Mexico border on Thursday. The delegation is going to head to the border area of Cochise County, Arizona. McCarthy will be joined by Republican Reps. Derrick Van Orden of Wisconsin, Jen Kiggans of Virginia, Lori Chavez-DeRemer of Oregon, and Juan Ciscomani of Arizona

This is the first delegation that McCarthy will lead since becoming the House Speaker in this congress, having previously led such trips as the Republican leader. His office has said that the delegation is going to be taking an aerial tour of the area accompanied by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents.

The Republicans have been incredibly critical of President Biden’s handling of the U.S. border. Since Biden took office there has been a large increase in monthly border encounters from 100,000 in February 2021, to 250,000 in December 2022. From October to December the number of encounters continued to grow, with October being the first month when more than 230,000 border encounters were recorded.

This number does not include any “got aways” , that is migrants who while detected were never apprehended by CBP authorities.

Since January 2021 more than 1.2 million migrants have managed to avoid the authorities while crossing the border.

In early January 2023, Biden visited the U.S.-Mexico border for the first time. However, many border agents have noted that this visit came too late. The border crisis has led to many Democratic mayors such as New York City Mayor Eric Adams criticizing Biden’s handling of the issue.

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