Last week, Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) joined a congressional delegation trip with 17 of his colleagues to help shed light on the humanitarian crisis caused by the recent surges in illegal immigration along the U.S.-Mexico border. The senators toured immigration processing facilities along the border, attended a roundtable with local leaders, and heard firsthand accounts of the journeys of migrant men, women, and children.
Sen. Lee highlighted how the deliberate non-enforcement of our laws, as well as the policies and promises of the Biden administration, have created the crisis – encouraging waves of immigration, enriching drug cartels and coyotes, and subjecting vulnerable women and children to sexual assault, abuse, and trafficking.
Sen. Lee last week also introduced legislation called the Stopping Border Surges Act, a bill to address loopholes in our immigration system which encourage vulnerable immigrant populations to take dangerous, illegal paths of entry into the United States. The simple, common-sense adjustments it proposes would help ensure the integrity of our borders, and remove perverse incentives for parents to entrust their children to coyotes and cartels.