According Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, nearly 600 “noncitizens”—from Guatemala, Venezuela, Honduras, and Mexico—intend to travel to the Nashville, Tennessee area to resettle there.
Senators from Tennessee Marsha Blackburn (R) and Bill Hagerty (R) have written Mayorkas stating the Biden border crisis has turned every town into a border town and Tennesseans will not stand for it.
We write today to express deep concern about recent reports indicating that nearly 600 migrants—from Guatemala, Venezuela, Honduras, and Mexico—intend to travel to the Nashville area. Specifically, the City of Franklin was recently notified by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that these immigrants, following their release from DHS custody, will likely settle in Nashville, Franklin, Murfreesboro, and the surrounding communities.
While this is not surprising given this administration’s continued utilization of the disastrous catch-and-release policy, the people of Tennessee should not have to bear the brunt of your failure to secure our border.
This troubling news comes as Biden’s border crisis continues to worsen by the day under your watch. Since President Biden took office, there have been over 8.5 million migrant encounters at our southern border.
Last December, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) encountered more than 302,000 migrants along our southern border—the most encounters in a single month we have seen in nearly two decades. Worse still, CBP has encountered 49 individuals on the terrorist watchlist in this fiscal year alone.
The Biden administration is single-handedly responsible for the humanitarian and national security crisis at our southern border, but you are forcing the American people to bear the consequences.
This administration’s policy of releasing migrants into communities across the country is a dangerous and irresponsible attempt to hide the true extent of the Biden border crisis, and it is making every town in America less safe.Sens. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) and Bill Hagerty (R-Tenn.)
Click here to read the full letter.