A coalition of more than two dozen former administration officials, former members of Congress, and top policy experts signed a letter to President Joe Biden demanding action to reverse the exploding crisis at the southern border. The list includes former Acting DHS Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli, former Acting Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection Mark Morgan, Former Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Tom Homan, former Congressmen Lamar Smith, Dave Brat, Bob McEwan and John Hostettler, as well as the Texas Public Policy Foundation’s CEO Kevin Roberts and former Ambassador Ken Blackwell.
“The United States is currently experiencing a national security and humanitarian crisis on the southern border as a consequence of your administration’s immigration policies,” the letter states. “Your administration has either fully or partially reversed multiple measures that were effectively used by the previous administration to end a similar humanitarian crisis, secure the southern border and stop massive waves of migrants with invalid asylum claims from flooding into the US.”
The letter gives several ways the administration has fomented the crisis including:
- Defunding the border wall;
- Ending the “Remain in Mexico” program;
- Reinstituting “catch and release;”
- Loosening eligibility standards for asylum claims, and;
- Giving minors unrestricted access to the United States.
The letter also lists seven specific solutions the administration can follow to begin curbing the crisis. “As civic leaders who share a commitment to securing the southern border, we urge you to reinstate the effective policies of the previous administration and work with members of the House and Senate to pass necessary legislation to end this border crisis.”