Earlier this week, Texas Rep. Beth Van Duyne (R) and 19 other Texas House Republicans directed a letter to Ken Paxton (R), Texas Attorney General, asking him to file a lawsuit against the Biden administration to uphold Title 42. The lawmakers argued that “thousands of illegal immigrants entering our nation” are not being tested for COVID-19, and this poses “an incredible threat to the health and safety of the American people.”
Florida Senator Marco Rubio (R) has also criticized the Biden administration, arguing that “this is a crisis which has the potential to escalate into a humanitarian catastrophe.” This week, in an interview with FOX News, the Florida lawmaker further discussed his view on the matter, saying that the Democrats “created a perception” that is not the case.
This week, President Joe Biden (D) issued a plea to asylum-seekers to not “come over.”
In response, Senator Rubio argued that Democrats have missed the mark on effectively responding to the concern.
“They are being told by trafficking networks, ‘there’s a new President, he’s not like the other President, if you show up in America at the border, they’re gonna let you in, and if you show up with kids, they’re gonna really let you in even faster,’” Rubio said, discussing the influx in immigration.
Charging the Biden administration with “creating an incentive for people to do it,” Rubio added that this “catastrophe” was created by Democrats and the “irresponsible things that they said” before admitting that “the previous Trump administration was trying to address these things.”
In an email sent out to supporters, Rubio’s team argues that “while Biden is continuing to hide from the American public, I have been speaking out. About the crisis at the border.” In turn, “Republicans like myself are standing up for one of the biggest issues facing America today while Democrats are hiding out in Washington behind their own ‘protective’ fencing.”