The northern border crisis was at the forefront of the discussion in a hearing that saw Republican Pennsylvania Rep. Mike Kelly and Democratic New Jersey Rep. Donald Payne face off. Titled “Biden’s Growing Border Crisis: Death, Drugs, and Disorder on the Northern Border,” the hearing saw Kelly voice his concerns over the surge in illegal immigration under the Biden administration. Kelly drew attention to the 846% increase in illegal migrant apprehensions in the Swanton sector in Vermont, New York and New Hampshire.
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Meanwhile, Payne used his platform to take jabs at Republicans, stating that they only brought up the issue because it’s under the Democratic president’s watch. He further criticized Republican New York Rep. Claudia Tenney’s bill, calling it “problematic” because it only addresses the southern border. Later, Tenney included the northern border in the bill’s scope.
It’s clear that there needs to be a bipartisan solution to address the surges at all U.S. borders, as argued by Kelly. But the partisan fighting over who is to blame seems to be overshadowing any possible cooperation because, as usual, neither side wants to take responsibility for the issues within their own party.
It is about time that lawmakers put an end to the finger-pointing and instead, work together to develop effective legislation. Blaming administrations is not going to solve anything; it only serves to fuel the fire of partisanship. It’s time for lawmakers on both sides to stop playing the blame game and start working towards solutions, before it’s too late.