Cornyn calls on Biden and Harris to visit southern border: 'Y'all come visit'

Cornyn calls on Biden and Harris to visit southern border: 'Y'all come visit'
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Sen. John CornynJohn CornynSenate votes to take up infrastructure deal Biden officials pledge to confront cybersecurity challenges head-on Eight Republicans join Democrats to confirm head of DOJ environmental division MORE (R-Texas) has called on President BidenJoe BidenCDC chief clarifies vaccine comments: 'There will be no nationwide mandate' Overnight Defense: First group of Afghan evacuees arrives in Virginia | Biden signs Capitol security funding bill, reimbursing Guard | Pentagon raises health protection level weeks after lowering it Biden urges local governments to stave off evictions MORE and Vice President Harris to visit the U.S.-Mexico border amid an ongoing surge of immigrants.

Cornyn made the plea to the White House in an op-ed for The Dallas Morning News published Tuesday, titled “Y’all come visit and learn about the border.”

The Texas Republican wrote the editorial with Reps. Tony Gonzales (R-Texas) and Henry Cuellar (D-Texas).

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“The momentum for this crisis has been building for months, but no significant action has been taken to address it. The president and vice president have yet to even visit the border,” the lawmakers wrote.

“When asked why, Vice President Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - CDC equates Delta to chickenpox in contagiousness Harris's bad polls trigger Democratic worries Why in the world are White House reporters being told to mask up again? MORE said she is interested in doing work that leads to real results as opposed to ‘grand gestures,’ ” they continued. “We agree, which is why we’ve spent significant time meeting with officials in Texas who are on the front lines of this humanitarian crisis.”

The plea from the trio comes as Harris spearheads administration efforts to curb the flow of migrants from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras.

Last week, Cuellar wrote a letter to Harris highlighting the “severe burdens” the surge has placed on his community.

The Biden administration has faced bipartisan criticism for its handling of the influx of migrants. According to data from Customs and Border Protection, over 180,000 migrants have been apprehended at the border in May alone.

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The lawmakers have introduced bipartisan legislation with Sen. Kyrsten SinemaKyrsten SinemaOn The Money: Justice Department says Trump's tax returns should be released | Democrats fall short of votes for extending eviction ban Senate starts infrastructure debate amid 11th-hour drama The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden sets new vaccine mandate as COVID-19 cases surge MORE (D-Ariz.), dubbed the Bipartisan Border Solutions Act, aimed to address some of the issues caused by the crisis.

The measure would establish regional processing centers, prioritize the scheduling of immigrant cases during a surge, create a pilot program to establish an efficient way to decide asylum cases and focus on protections for unaccompanied migrant children.

Cornyn, Gonzales and Cuellar wrote that Border Patrol is “spread thin,” and that officers “lack the facilities and resources to fairly and humanely process the current influx of migrants.”

“As the administration considers the best path forward, there has never been a more important time to hear from the men and women who live and work in border communities and have for decades,” the Texas congressmen wrote.

Our message to President Biden and Vice President Harris is: Come to Texas. Visit the border. Listen to locals. Take a look at our bipartisan bill. And let’s address this humanitarian crisis together,” they wrote.