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Washington, D.C. – House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) sent the following letter to President Biden expressing strong concern with the unprecedented crisis on the southern border and requesting a meeting to discuss how to best secure the border.

Leader McCarthy noted his opposition to the mass amnesty provisions as part of the reconciliation bill currently being debated among Democrats, which will incentivize larger numbers of illegal migration and make the border crisis even worse.

Read the full letter below, or read it online here.

The Honorable Joseph R. Biden
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20500

Dear Mr. President,

I am writing to raise my strongest concern once again regarding the crisis on our southern border and to request an urgent meeting to discuss this crisis.

In March, I wrote to you requesting a meeting to discuss what was fast becoming a crisis on our southern border. At the time, I wrote that apprehensions of those caught crossing our border illegally were on the rise. U.S. Border Patrol and the Health and Human Services officials were strained and overwhelmed, and I expressed concern about your administration’s message to those seeking to make the dangerous journey to our border. Earlier this year I also raised the alarm over suspects on the terrorism watch list, who have been caught after illegally crossing our border, and your decision to cease construction of common-sense barriers at the border. Since that time, over 100 members of the House Republican Conference have visited the border to see the crisis first-hand, and unfortunately, the crisis on our southern border got worse.

Yesterday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) released new statistics concerning border encounters throughout Fiscal Year 2021 including during your time in office from February 2021 through September 2021. These statistics are alarming. CBP has arrested over 1.4 million individuals illegally crossing the border since you took office, and the total number of encounters this fiscal year is at an all-time high. There is no question there is an unprecedented crisis, which I am determined to work with your administration to solve.

As the Republican Leader in the House of Representatives, I am opposed to any mass amnesty provisions as part of the reconciliation bill currently being debated among members of your party. By passing amnesty and other federal benefits for illegal immigrants into law, you will be incentivizing even larger numbers of illegal migration. This policy would make the border crisis even worse.

The border crisis transcends party lines. As your administration moves over 100,000 individuals and families from the border to the interior of our country, every state is now affected by this crisis at the border, and it will require us working together to solve it. It starts with a recognition of the crisis and a willingness to solve it. I look forward to your response.