Rose Criticizes Biden Administration for Blatantly Avoiding the Border Crisis

July 26, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON—On Wednesday, July 21, 2021, U.S. Representative John Rose (TN-6) delivered a speech on the floor of the House of Representatives condemning President Biden’s open border policies that have directly resulted in the siege of illegal immigrants at the southern border.

Full Remarks:

Madam Speaker, I rise tonight because I am outraged by the Biden administration’s lack of effort to protect our nation from the invasion of illegal immigrants at the U.S.-Mexico border.

I have visited our southern border twice now, and I can say without a shadow of doubt, it is a full-blown catastrophe on every front—humanitarian, national security, and public health.

President Biden’s irrational reversal of the Trump administration’s border security policies, like cancelling construction of the border wall, reversing the “Remain in Mexico” policy, and sending mixed messages about America’s southern border is why we face this unmitigated disaster today.

There has been a surge of crossings with more than 188,800 border crossings reported in June, a 450% increase from last June. On top of that, more than 7,500 new COVID cases were reported in detention centers from April through the beginning of July, and U.S. Custom and Border Protection agents have seized 7,450 pounds of fentanyl so far this year, enough to kill every American several times over.

And it is just getting worse.

States across the country are feeling the consequences of the border crisis, including Tennessee. Although our state is 1,000 miles from the southern border, Tennesseans will bear the brunt of this disaster in many ways, including in our school systems, health care systems, and police departments, as planeloads of illegal immigrants are offloaded in our communities.

We must reestablish law and order at the southern border by finishing the border wall, fully reinstating the “Remain in Mexico” policy, robustly implementing Title 42 Authority, and by sending a clear message that our borders are NOT open.

When it comes to the border crisis, Americans are looking for leadership—not denials, deflections, and distractions from our sleepy leaders in the White House.

I yield back.

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U.S. Representative John Rose is currently serving his second term representing Tennessee’s Sixth Congressional District and resides in Cookeville with his wife, Chelsea, and their two sons, Guy and Sam. The Sixth District includes Cannon, Clay, Coffee, Cumberland, DeKalb, Fentress, Jackson, Macon, Overton, Pickett, Putnam, Robertson, Smith, Sumner, Trousdale, White, and Wilson counties as well as portions of Cheatham and Van Buren counties. Representative Rose is an eighth-generation farmer, small business owner, and attorney, and currently serves on the Financial Services Committee.