Daines Calls Attention to Rise in Criminals Crossing the Southern Border at Senate Leadership Press Conference

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Steve Daines today delivered remarks at the weekly Republican Senate Leadership press conference highlighting the drastic increase in criminals coming across President Biden’s wide-open southern border.

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“It’s not lost on the American people, the irony, the fact that President Biden is travelling all the way out to the Bay Area, San Francisco, to meet with Xi Jinping. I’m just asking could he perhaps make a diversion and stop at the southern border on the way home to see what’s going on and the disaster that’s happening as we speak, where many, many Republican senators have been. At least maybe he could send his Czar, the Vice President, down there to get the latest updates on the record breaking numbers we’re seeing crossing of illegals on the southern border.

“Now, I’ve talked a lot about the threat to our national security on the southern border, the threat of terrorism, Hamas, Hezbollah coming into our country but let’s talk about day-to-day threats of crime that are facing the American people. The Biden administration is releasing violent criminals into our country and not keeping track of them.

“Last month, Boston ICE agents arrested two illegal immigrants wanted for murder. One had killed a child under the age of 14. Both men committed these crimes in their home countries, illegally entered our country and then were released. 

“Since Biden took office, we’ve seen drastic increases in criminals coming across the border who committed the following crimes. This is talking about coming across the southern border, here’s the increases since Biden took office. Sexual offenses up 82 percent, assault up 503 percent, burglary up 504 percent, DUIs up 585 percent. We’ve seen these tragic stories of DUIs that have resulted in fatalities on our highways. Murder up 867 percent.

“The bottom line is Biden’s open border opened up every community in our country to terrorism and now violent crime. Biden’s backward policies put criminals first and put American families last. It’s time for serious policy reform.”