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Hudson to Visit Southern Border Amid Worsening Crisis

April 7, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Richard Hudson (NC-08), the House Republican Conference Secretary, will join House Republican Whip Steve Scalise and other Members at the southern border this week to meet with Border Patrol Agents and tour several key immigration facilities and sites.

"The Biden border crisis is a self-inflicted humanitarian, national security and public health crisis," said Rep. Hudson. "I have demanded answers from the Biden Administration about its disastrous border policies, including that of releasing COVID-positive migrants into our country. While President Biden and Vice President Harris will not address these concerns or visit the border, I look forward to seeing this worsening crisis firsthand."

Last week, the Washington Post reported that in March, border crossings jumped to the highest level in 15 years, as the number of unaccompanied minors has soared to record levels. Also last week, the second person from Yemen on the FBI's Terror Watch list was apprehended.

Last month, Rep. Hudson helped lead the North Carolina Congressional Delegation on a letter to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas demanding answers regarding the Biden Administration's immigration policies, and specifically why COVID-positive migrants have been released to travel to states including North Carolina. The Biden Administration has yet to respond to these concerns.

Border Visit Background

Members will arrive Thursday, April 8th, and meet with Border Patrol Agents and participate in an evening ride-along tour with the National Border Patrol Council. On Friday, April 9th, members will tour the Donna Migrant Processing Facility, partake in an operational brief, tour the border wall in McAllen, partake in a riverine tour with the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), and conclude with a media availability to discuss their visit.

The following members will join Whip Scalise and Rep. Hudson on the delegation trip: Republican Leader of the House Administration Committee Rodney Davis (R-Ill.), Republican Leader of the House Foreign Affairs Committee Michael McCaul (R-Texas), Republican Leader of the House Intelligence Committee Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), Rep. French Hill (R-Ark.), Rep. Bob Latta (R-Ohio), Rep. Nicole Malliotakis (R-N.Y.), Rep. Steve Stivers (R-Ohio), Rep. Ann Wagner (R-Mo.), and Rep. Steve Womack (R-Ark.).