by Rep. Chip Roy
The state of the southern border of the United States is weak and the political class is to blame.
If you believe we should enforce the rule of law and know who is coming and going from our nation while screening for criminals and terrorists, then our border situation should cause you immediate alarm. The chances are that you are alarmed and are asking yourself, just as The New York Times editorial board asked this past weekend — why have our lawmakers failed to act?
First, it is important to note that the immigration crisis we face today wasn’t born overnight. For decades, Republicans and Democrats have botched border security and much-needed immigration reforms. Republicans, despite it being one of the party’s key promises in 2016, didn’t secure the border or do much of anything border-related when they had power last Congress.
Under the leadership of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and House Democrats, the 116th Congress has refused to so much as entertain anything to address the border, including funding for the Unaccompanied Alien Child Program run by the Department of Health and Human Services, because my Democratic colleagues fear giving the president and the minority party a “win.”