U.S. Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) said Friday that she and U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) have formally asked U.S. President Joe Biden to tell the massive migrant caravan approaching the U.S. southern border to turn around.
Blackburn and Graham addressed Biden in a letter dated Thursday.
“Despite your administration’s insistence that the United States does not have open borders, each month hundreds of thousands of migrants are emboldened by your policies to make the journey north. And now a caravan of over 15,000 migrants led by smugglers is making its way through Mexico towards our border,” the two U.S. senators said.
“For the sake of the vulnerable migrants preyed upon by smugglers, the brave men and women of your U.S. Border Patrol currently under siege, and those state and local law enforcement who work tirelessly in border communities to keep Americans safe, we call on you to immediately send a clear and concise signal to the massive caravan en route that they must turn around. Smuggling and trafficking should not be tolerated by the United States.”
The two senators also called an open border “a green light to those who see human life as a commodity.”
“These traffickers, smugglers, and other terrorist groups wish only to line their pockets and cause harm, no matter the cost. The continued capitulation constitutes an unconscionable threat to our national security,” Blackburn and Graham wrote.
“Terrorist and other transnational criminal syndicates will keep exploiting our weakness if you do not act. President Biden, you can still prevent further human suffering by sending a clear message to the caravan – ‘You Must Turn Around.’ Failure to do so would be patently reckless.”
Blackburn traveled to Arizona in March and visited the U.S.-Mexico border. At the time, she said that “every state is a border state until we secure the southern border.”
Blackburn posted several times on Facebook during her visit.
Blackburn, in one post, said she was at the border wall where construction had stopped due to Biden’s open border policy.
“The construction crews built a road that’s now being used by the cartel courtesy of Biden,” Blackburn wrote.
Blackburn said on FOX that the images she saw in Arizona were “horrific.”
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