Nearly 100 days after President Biden appointed her to get a handle on the crisis at our Southern border, Vice President Kamala Harris finally visited the U.S.-Mexican border in El Paso on Friday. This comes after the Biden administration received my letter, cosigned by 56 other Member of Congress, imploring the Vice President to take the crisis seriously and visit the Southern border.
I truly hope that her trip was a legitimate attempt to learn more about the crisis she and President Biden helped create and not just an opportunity to check the box of having visited the border after receiving tremendous bipartisan pressure to do so.
Frequent readers of my newsletter know that I have visited the Southern border multiple times and have spoken with officials on the ground who have briefed me on the unique challenges in all nine sectors. You truly cannot know the extent of the crisis and the practical steps we can put back in place to alleviate the problems. Vice President Harris only spent a few hours at the border, which is not nearly enough to get a handle on all of the issues facing the region. That is why I gave 15 essential questions to the Vice President to ask border patrol agents and local officials as a starting point in her learning experience.
1) The Migrant Protection Protocols empowered the Mexican government to hold asylum seekers on the south side of the border until their immigration court date. President Biden has since walked away from them. What effect did the nullification of the protocols have on the number of people crossing our Southern border from Mexico, Central America, and around the world?
2) Asylum Cooperative Agreements with Central American countries allowed migrants to seek protection within the region. What effect did ending the Asylum Cooperative Agreements have on the number of people entering Southern Mexico and what effect did this have on people coming through Mexico seeking to enter the U.S. illegally?
3) Have the types of drugs you see streaming across the border changed over the last few years as marijuana has been legalized in several states?
4) A lethal dose of the drug fentanyl is 2mg, or just a few grains, and it has been pouring into the U.S. by record amounts. How can we curb the massive amount of fentanyl coming into the U.S.?
5) What percentage of women and girls are sexually assaulted as they journey to attempt to enter the U.S. illegally?
6) Have any of the children in the family units encountered at the Southern border been shown by DNA evidence to not be children of the adults with whom they are entering?
7) What is the expected cost per immigrant that must be paid to the cartels to enter our country, and does it vary for Mexicans, Central Americans, Brazilians, Asians, and people from other parts of the world?
8) Illegal immigrants who are not processed by the border patrol are called “got-aways”. As the border patrol must spend time doing paperwork on the huge increase of children and families, has the number of “got-aways” increased from June 2020 to today?
9) How effective are dogs in looking for fentanyl and other illicit drugs, and should we be equipping more border patrol agents with this resource?
10) Does a border wall system make the jobs of border patrol and ICE agents easier or harder?
11) In order to know in which countries we need to focus on fixing the root causes of immigration, which have you seen most represented at the Southern border during the first half of 2021?
12) Have my and the President’s public comments about immigration over the past year caused more people to come here illegally?
13) How many immigrants drown or are dehydrated to death at the Southern border every year?
14) How has the morale of the border patrol been affected by the fact that I and the President have not met with these brave men and women in the first five months of our tenure?
15) What policies can we implement from Washington to make your job of securing the border easier?
Dillon Mueller was a Mishicot native who tragically passed away in 2014 at the age of 18 after being stung by a bee and falling into a coma due to anaphylaxis. Dillon was unable to receive epinephrine in a timely manner. Read more about Dillon’s story here.
Since then, his parents, Angel and George Mueller, started the Dillon Mueller Memorial Fund, which has already helped 3,000 Wisconsinites obtain training through the Do It for Dillon Epinephrine Certification Program. This program has been approved by the Wisconsin Department of Health and the Wisconsin Association of Osteopathic Physicians & Surgeons. The course lasts approximately 1 hour, is free of charge and can be provided for any community entity or group interested in epinephrine training. You can read more about the program by clicking here.
I have worked with Angel and George to introduce Dillon's Law. This legislation will allow states' existing federal grant money for preventative health services to be used to train individuals to carry and administer epinephrine. A version of this bill has already been signed into law at the state-level in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Indiana with overwhelming bipartisan support.
This bill isn’t limited to children, however, as it allows states more flexibility to train individuals to administer epinephrine to anyone experiencing a severe allergic reaction.
Dillon Mueller’s passing was a tragedy. No parent should have to endure the loss of a child, and that is what Dillon’s parents are working to prevent going forward. Training for delivery of epinephrine to an individual is cost effective, quick, and can prevent tragedies from occurring every year. I hope that my colleagues in Congress will join me in learning more about Dillon Mueller and how Dillon's Law can save lives throughout the country.
I have cosponsored several other bills that will work to stop this racist ideology from being taught, and since Congress has jurisdiction over the District of Columbia, I felt it was important not to overlook students in our nation's capital. My bill has been endorsed by Heritage Action for America and featured in the Washington Free Beacon, the Daily Signal, and the Federalist.
CRT is a subset of Critical Theory, which is a cornerstone of Marxist ideology. CRT is the retelling of American history with the purpose of trying to set American against American. Rather than share the wonderful gift we all have, to live the American Dream if we work for it, the goal of CRT is to make Americans bitter and angry with each other.
CRT is one more step toward demonizing our great country. Success is achieved in America by people from all different backgrounds, and this is what we should be teaching our children because it is the truth.
On Sunday, my mom and I celebrated the life of my dad, Harold. Happy Father's Day, dad, we both miss you every day.
The Hyde Amendment ensures your tax dollars do not fund abortions and has been a staple of bipartisanship for decades. President Biden, however, removed this provision from his budget and has proposed many other attacks on life. I spoke about the importance of the Hyde Amendment and protecting life on the House floor as an advocate for the unborn children who are being needlessly killed by abortion procedures.
Thank you to Taiwanese Ambassador Bi-khim Hsiao for hosting me in Washington, D.C. to discuss Taiwan's success and how we can strengthen our countries’ relationship.
The Boys and Girls Club of Oshkosh is celebrating 50 years of improving the physical and mental well-being of Wisconsin's youth. Delivering this 50th Anniversary commendation was an honor. Here’s to 50 more years!
Thank you to VT Industries in Neenah for showing me your facility this week. I’m proud to support Wisconsin’s great manufacturers.
Printing too much money is not the path to prosperity, it is a recipe for disaster. I addressed my colleagues on the House floor because they need to understand this before considering future spending bills that will increase our debt and deficit.
It was an honor to meet the talented workers of Voith Paper and receive a behind-the-scenes tour of their facility in Neenah. We discussed challenges and opportunities facing Wisconsin manufacturers and how I can help.
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