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After it was revealed by Fox News that over 150,000 migrants were unaccounted for by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Republican senators ventured to Eagle Pass, Texas to hear from border patrol and react to the bombshell report.

The Biden administration lost track of the tens of thousands of migrants after releasing them into the country. ICE was supposed to mail official charging documents to them following their entry into the country, however, the agency lost trick the migrants’ locations, according to Fox News.

“That is called catch-and-release and that is a policy that needs to end,” said Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) said about the unaccounted-for migrants. “One of the concerning things for me is hearing from border patrol today that in the first three months of this fiscal year, they apprehended 143 individuals that had been convicted of crimes here in the United States, they had been deported, removed from the country, and now they’re back.”

“They came to the border again. And as CBP has talked with us about not only the apprehensions but the known got-aways and the unknown got-aways, you have to wonder how many of those criminal illegal aliens are in those numbers,” the senator asked. “Where are they? What communities are they going to? What crimes did they commit? What harm will they do now that they are in the country again?”

According to the border patrol, agents along the border have made 2,766,582 migrant encounters in the 2022 fiscal year, a record number compared to recent years.

In November 2022 alone, Customs and Border Patrol reported that they had 233,740 migrant encounters, marking the highest rate ever for the month of November.

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The nearly quarter of a million encounters dwarfs last year’s November rate of 174,845 and showcases the extent to which the border crisis has worsened in the past year.

“It’s time for action. You look at our nation. You look at where we are. Every single thing under President Biden is moving in the wrong direction,” said Sen. Katie Britt (R-AL). “We have to make sure that we have policies in place that deter people from coming here illegally. That we have policies in place that keep our nation strong and safe.”

“We are seeing it in Alabama. You’re seeing the influx of fentanyl into our streets, our communities, and our schools,” Britt continued. “When we can’t keep track of the people and the issues that are created around that, it’s a problem of national security, and its one we have to take seriously.”

“They’re in our communities. They’re throughout every state. Every state is a border state,” Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS) added about the crisis.

As the Biden administration continues to neglect the border, they put communities across the country at risk as potential criminals and drugs like fentanyl run rampant. The senators are correct, this is a matter of national security and it should be handled as such.

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