When it comes to honoring those who protect the United States border, several Republican lawmakers believe Congress should commend them as well.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), as well as the Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, introduced a resolution to honor those who serve in the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) amid the migrant crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border.
Border law enforcement has found themselves in a tough situation as many have called on Congress for help in the past months, as their facilities and personnel have become overwhelmed and “exhausted” by the mass influx of migrants flowing to the U.S. southern border. Border officials have apprehended over 100,000 migrants for four consecutive months at the southern border.
“I’m proud to introduce this resolution. To the Border Patrol agents, you’re doing an incredible job,” Graham said in a press release.
“This system is broken. It’s not a crisis, it’s a disaster. Congress has a duty to act.”
Among those who are co-sponsors of the resolution to commend the border agents are Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Ben Sasse (R-Neb.), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), and John Kennedy (R-La.).
The legislation calls on the action from Congress to pass legislation that supports border agents and other support personnel, and for Congress to help with the border crisis.
While pointing out that border agents are working under “crisis conditions with complex problems,” Grassley said the men and women serving shouldn’t be taken for granted.
“I thank each of them for serving the American people,” he said. “And we in Congress ought to be doing everything we can to support them.”
Labeling them “heroes,” Cornyn said, “Agents in the Rio Grande Valley and those along the entire border are pulling double duty as law enforcement officers and caregivers. But these dedicated agents handle these demands with professionalism and compassion.”
“The men and women of our Border Patrol are patriots who love their country and have made selfless sacrifices to protect and defend our border to ensure the utmost safety of Texans and Americans across the country,” Cruz said. “I am grateful for the work our Border Patrol agents do to protect our country, and I am proud to co-sponsor this resolution to recognize the bravery of the men and women in green.”
Hawley noted that border officials “go above and beyond” to protect the American people.
“During my recent trip to the border, I saw first-hand how CBP agents continue to defend the border despite vicious attacks from congressional Democrats,” Hawley said. “These brave public servants deserve more than our thanks — they deserve concrete action from Congress to fix our broken immigration system.”
Blackburn also commended border agents for answering “a call of duty far greater than the one they signed up for.” She added, “… To our CBP officers: know that Americans across this country support you and thank you for the extraordinary sacrifice you are giving to this country.”
As IJR Red reported, a recent poll revealed that Americans find immigration to be the top issue that the U.S. is facing currently.