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Republicans say Dems ‘don’t care about kids’ for not joining them on border tour

Republicans on the House Economic Inequality Subcommittee ran into their Democratic counterparts because they traveled all the way to border town McAllen, Texas, to talk about infrastructure without visiting border operations.

The House Select Committee on Economic Disparity and Fairness in Growth traveled to South Texas for the first field hearing on the southern border of this Congress. The full committee heard from locals living in ‘colonias’, unincorporated communities that often still lack basic amenities such as running water, paved roads or concrete foundations under their homes.

DailyMail.com watched the committee’s full hearing and took part in an overnight ride-along tour and a daytime boat trip through the Rio Grande with border agents and Republican committee members, but Democrats did not visit the facilities.

“We’re here on behalf of the Democrats, they’ve elected a select hearing in the field at the border, but they don’t want to talk about the border. They want to talk about green energy and infrastructure,” Representative Kat Cammack, R-Fla., told DailyMail.com.

During the field hearing, Democrats and Republicans took the time to listen to local residents of colonies in the Democratic Rep. Vicente Gonzalez, Texas, who spoke about the flooding problems facing South Texas, where due to inadequate drainage structure, residents said their own homes would often take over water and the streets outside would be flooded for three days even in mild storms.

The problems pose health risks to local residents — a man said at a committee roundtable that his wife takes at least one of their three children to the doctor every week for a sinus infection.

The community leaders called for further funding for the infrastructure, saying they would need $600 million to fix drainage problems.

Republicans on the House Economic Inequality Subcommittee tore at their Democratic counterparts for traveling all the way to border town McAllen, Texas, to talk about infrastructure without visiting border operations

Republicans on the House Economic Inequality Subcommittee tore at their Democratic counterparts for traveling all the way to border town McAllen, Texas, to talk about infrastructure without visiting border operations

A congressional delegation from the US House Select Committee on Economic Disparity and Fairness in Growth toured the Rio Grande River

A congressional delegation from the US House Select Committee on Economic Disparity and Fairness in Growth toured the Rio Grande River

Lawmakers were shown several landing sites on the US side where smugglers dropped off migrants after crossing the river

Lawmakers were shown several landing sites on the US side where smugglers dropped off migrants after crossing the river

Republicans were hesitant to apply for funding above last year’s $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill. “If we go through infrastructure financing again, we will have to work hard again to target red-level projects,” said Rep. Byron Donalds, R-Fla., Said.

The state of Texas has meanwhile spent $2 billion in its own funds under Operation Lonestar on border security. Rep. Bryan Steil, R-Wisc., argued that Texas could use that money for infrastructure if it didn’t have to use it for border protection.

“If the federal government were to ramp up and secure the border, there will be additional funds to meet a lot of the needs that we heard about, it’s about real needs for internet connectivity, for flood control. we need to think a lot more about how we spend our money.’

DailyMail.com took part in an overnight ride-along tour and a daytime boat trip through the Rio Grande with border agents and Republican committee members, but Democrats did not visit the facilities

DailyMail.com took part in an overnight ride-along tour and a daytime boat trip through the Rio Grande with border agents and Republican committee members, but Democrats did not visit the facilities

Border Patrol agents show a popular crossing, full of discarded life jackets, rafts, clothing and water bottles

Border Patrol agents show a popular crossing, full of discarded life jackets, rafts, clothing and water bottles

Gov. Greg Abbott announced Lonestar last year, and the program has been criticized as wasteful of deploying the National Guard and Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), where they don’t have much authority because border protection falls under the federal government.

Meanwhile, Republicans criticized Democrats for focusing on infrastructure above border security after a record 239,000 detentions were made on the southern border last month.

“To our colleagues on the left, if you care about the kids like you claim you care about the kids, and say they’re kids in cages, you’d be here,” Cammack said after a boat trip through the Rio Grande, where migrants crossing in rafts from Mexico to the US ‘Real people get hurt.’

Cammack didn’t mince words about her thoughts on Biden: “That’s why I can’t call Biden Commander in Chief, he is Commander in Chief. He’s doing the work for the cartels, and that has to stop.’

A border agent told DailyMail.com that smugglers have become bolder and recently he started seeing makeshift ferries where they float cars across the river.

A border agent told DailyMail.com that smugglers have become bolder and recently he started seeing makeshift ferries where they float cars across the river.

A border agent told DailyMail.com that smugglers have become bolder and recently he started seeing makeshift ferries where they float cars across the river.

Texas DPS provided DailyMail.com with a photo of the makeshift vehicular ferries

Texas DPS provided DailyMail.com with a photo of the makeshift vehicular ferries

Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman Lieutenant Chris Olivarez said his agency estimates smugglers earn $100 million a week by leading migrants to the border, often robbing and raping them. He said the price tag varied per person – those from Latin America could pay $3-4,000 to be led to the border. Chinese nationals sometimes brought in $30,000 to $40,000 per person.

A 14-year-old girl, Amy, told DailyMail.com, border agents and GOP members of the House Economic Subcommittee when she was detained by agents that her parents had sent her to travel from El Salvador for two months to the border. She spoke perfect English – she had already spent five years in the US until her family moved home due to ‘visa problems’.

Apparently unfazed by her treacherous journey, Amy said she traveled with her cousin, but the couple broke up along the way. Don’t worry about her — they would be reunited at her aunt’s Tennessee home after they were processed, she said.

Holding her birth certificate, a phone and a charger, Amy said she hadn’t come with a trafficker, but had found other migrants to walk with on the journey, and showed up to officers in a group of about 12, mostly not -accompanied children and about 3 adults. “Babies got lost along the way,” she said.

Border Patrol agents meet a group of 'runners' who tried to dodge before being caught by authorities

Border Patrol agents meet a group of ‘runners’ who tried to dodge before being caught by authorities

A group of unaccompanied minors is received by border authorities

A group of unaccompanied minors is received by border authorities

A young unaccompanied boy from Honduras waits as border authorities examine the documents he was holding

A young unaccompanied boy from Honduras waits as border authorities examine the documents he was holding

Donalds invaded Biden after the tour because they had never visited the border. “I know he likes to travel the country and the world to say our border is safe. But that’s a lie and everyone knows it. And the people who know it best are the drug cartels.”

†[Rep. Cammack] this is her fifth journey, this is my fourth journey. We’re freshmen, we just got here. The president has been in office longer than me, he’s never been here. that goes without saying.’

Biden claimed in a city hall in October 2021 that he had been to the southern border, but no such record exists.

Republicans argued that Biden needed to tighten up the asylum process, continue construction of the border wall and increase funding to the Department of Homeland Security.

Meanwhile, hordes of migrants camp on the Mexican side of the border, either waiting for their shot to attempt a crossing, waiting for Title 42 to be lifted or waiting for their asylum applications to be processed through the 400,000 backlog of cases.

The Biden administration had planned to lift Title 42, the Center for Disease Control’s health order permitting immediate eviction, on May 23, but that decision was overturned in a lawsuit the day before.

Unaccompanied minor migrants are allowed to enter the country. Families are often treated under Title 8 and allowed to apply for asylum, where they are sometimes released in the US and told to go to their local jurisdiction for a court date, sometimes told to wait in Mexico.

Pastor Joshua Muse, who founded and runs the Kaleo shelter for families in Reynosa, Mexico this year after seeing a great need for migrants there, told DailyMail.com that the most important thing he wants from the US and Mexican governments is clarity.

“I think somehow people are just waiting for some clear answer,” he said. “That’s the main thing I would encourage anyone on the Mexican or the American side, just to be clear with the messages. I think that’s what people need.’

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