Sen. Roger Marshall (R-KS) said this week that he plans to introduce a resolution before Congress declaring the current border crisis an “invasion.” The current situation comes as the number of migrant crossings at the border has increased dramatically since President Joe Biden announced the end of the Title 42 asylum policy initiated under former President Donald Trump.
Marshall said that since the Biden administration “won’t put a stop to this historic crisis,” which he calls “an invasion as defined by the U.S. Constitution,” that Congress “must recognize each state’s right to secure their borders themselves.”
Some states have taken action to stop the migrant crisis, with Florida, Texas and Arizona sending migrants northward to locations such as Chicago and New York City.
Marshall plans to introduce a resolution regarding the more than six million migrants who have crossed into the country since Biden took office in 2021.
“That’s more than double the population of the entire state of Kansas,” he said.
The senator’s resolution expresses, “the sense of the Senate regarding the constitutional right of state Governors to repel the dangerous ongoing invasion across the United States southern border.”
The resolution’s intent would allow for individual states to deploy resources to stop the migrant flows.
Over 8,000 migrants overwhelmed Eagle Pass, Texas in the past week.
Its population is only 30,000.
I’m fighting to end this crisis by championing the Secure the Border Act. It’s time for Congress to come together and pass it. pic.twitter.com/sSy0JTHq2I
— Tim Scott (@SenatorTimScott) September 26, 2023
U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced recently that the number of border crossings increased recently. Earlier this month, more than 7,500 migrants crossed the border, including 1,800 in the River Rio Grande Valley, Texas sector alone. The number of migrants is dramatically higher than during the Trump administration.
“CBP is working according to plan and as part of our standard processes to quickly decompress the areas along the southwest border, and safely and efficiently screen and process migrants to place them in immigration enforcement proceedings consistent with our laws,” CBP said.
The federal agency has also seen significant issues, including having to stop its cargo processing at the Bridge of the Americas at its El Paso office for unspecified reasons.