GOP representative predicts 1 million migrants at the border by summertime

GOP representative predicts 1 million migrants at the border by summertime
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Rep. Michael McCaulMichael Thomas McCaulSenate Intelligence panel working on legislation around mandatory cyber breach notification McCarthy unveils House GOP task forces, chairs Republican, Democratic lawmakers urge fully funding US assistance to Israel MORE (R-Texas) on Sunday predicted 1 million migrants will attempt to enter the United States by the summer, as the Biden administration deals with a surge at the border.

“It's going to get worse. It's going to get a lot worse, springtime, summer, more and more come over. The messages coming back that, 'Hey, we got a new president; come on inl; We're open for business to the traffickers,' ” McCaul told host Martha Raddatz on ABC’s “This Week.”

“I predict a million people trying to get into this country by the summertime,” McCaul said.

These comments come as the Biden administration is responding to a surge of migrants at the southern border, especially unaccompanied minors.

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro MayorkasAlejandro MayorkasBiden letting criminal aliens be released instead of deported; states sue First migrant families reunited in 'beginning' of larger effort Coalition unveils plan to help government, industry confront ransomware attacks MORE on Sunday blamed the situation at the border in-part to immigration law that was “dismantled” by the Trump administration. McCaul, however, shot back, saying the Biden administration “created the crisis.”

“I think they’ve created the crisis. He says he has a plan. I haven't seen a plan. They talked about humane conditions, humanitarian. They have created a humanitarian crisis down here at this border that you have seen now,” McCaul said.

In recent days, the Biden administration has taken a stronger stance on immigration at the border, urging migrants not to make the journey to the United States right now. McCaul, however, called this new messaging “too little too late.”

“And the reason why they are coming is because he says words do matter, and they do. The messaging is that if you want to come, you can stay,” he said on Sunday.