By M.D. Kittle
MADISON — U.S. Rep. Tom Tiffany says President Biden isn’t even trying to secure the southern border.
The congressman (R-WI-7th CD) traveled to Yuma, Ariz. and Pinal County to witness the firsthand impact of the humanitarian and national security crisis occurring at the U.S.-Mexico border. It was a return trip. He said the situation has spiralled further out of control since his visit in 2020.
Tiffany noted that March was the worst month of migrant encounters at the border since Bill Clinton was president. And after the Trump-era pandemic measure — Title 42 — allowing for the rapid removal of some migrants is rolled back, it will likely get much worse. Estimated daily illegal crossings are estimated to triple to some 18,000 per day once Biden sweeps Title 42 away.
“From my visit to Arizona, it is clear that President Biden isn’t trying to secure our southern border, he’s intentionally erasing it. The Biden administration is deliberately orchestrating one of the worst invasions of American soil all while empowering drug and human traffickers,” Tiffany said.
On Monday, Tiffany received a tour from Sheriff Mark Lamb of Arizona’s Pinal County, where he witnessed the direct impact of the environmental destruction from Bidens’ border crisis. While Pinal County is a hotspot for drug smugglers and illegal crossers transporting fentanyl and methamphetamines, Lamb pointed out that the drugs ultimately end up in every single state. Last year, the United States recorded its highest number of drug overdoses, totaling over 100,000 deaths.
Drug overdose deaths in Milwaukee set another record last year, according to the county’s Medical Examiner’s Office. The country reported 643 drug overdose deaths in 2021, up nearly 100 from the previous record year. Around 80 percent of the drug deaths logged contained the opioid fentanyl.
“This stark increase is yet another reminder in a very vivid way of the number of lives that we’ve lost to this just in Milwaukee County alone,” Sara Schreiber, the office’s technical forensic director told Wisconsin Public Radio.
“Fentanyl poisonings are killing our loved ones as deaths have doubled in 30 states between 2019 and 2021,” Tiffany said. “By removing Title 42, the Biden administration is now removing the last tool in America’s toolbox to prevent an outright humanitarian and national security catastrophe.”
Title 42 has expelled nearly 2 million migrants coming from Mexico over the past two years. Still, 2021 was a record year, with 1.7 million illegal migrants entering the United States. The line is about to get a lot more crowded. The Biden administration anticipates more than half a million border crossings per month, more than twice the highest number of encounters in a single month during Biden’s term in office.
Tiffany said seeing the crisis coming through Arizona’s front yard and ending up in Wisconsin’s back yard makes it even more important to finish the border wall, reinstate ‘Remain in Mexico,’ and end the failed policy of ‘catch and release.’
“President Biden is making a mockery of our immigration law, and it’s destroying the fabric of our nation,” Tiffany said.
States, meanwhile, are taking matters into their own hands.
Last week, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced the creation of the American Governors’ Border Strike Force. The multi-state partnership of 26 states led by Republican governors, aims to “disrupt and dismantle the transnational criminal organizations taking advantage of the chaos Joe Biden has created along the southern border.” The partnership is about “increasing collaboration, improving intelligence, investing in analysis, combating human smuggling, and stopping drug flow,” according to a press release.
The Republican Governors Association calls Biden’s immigration policies “reckless,” and cites a lack of adequate federal resources as cause for an “unprecedented increase in criminal operations” along the southern border and in “communities across the country.”