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Biden's border crisis.
Information for veterans regarding the VA.
My contact information.
Biden's Border Crisis
When President Donald Trump took office, he inherited a mess at our Southern border. Luckily, he realized this and soon began to end Obama-era policies that subsequently led to massive a reductions in illegal crossings, criminal illegal migrants no longer being set free in America, and the beginning of border wall construction that would eventually result in over 450 miles of our border becoming more secure, which is a huge help for border patrol agents and local law enforcement.
The situation at the border was not only improving because of the physical barrier and revitalized U.S. policies, but also by the diplomacy employed by President Trump with Mexico and other Central American countries that led to a more orderly immigration system that did not encourage people to break the law by illegally entering the U.S.
What is most egregious about the border crisis, is that administration officials, whose policies have led to the deterioration of our immigration system, have seemingly put a gag order on CBP agents and other border officials, telling them not to talk to the press. The apparent reason for this is that if the press were allowed to talk to these individuals and allowed to resume ride-alongs with CBP agents, a bright light would shine on the swift failure of the Biden Administration's policies and their politically-motivated refusal to call the humanitarian crisis at the border what it is, a crisis.
I have had to double-down on my efforts after the lackluster start to President Biden's term. Most recently, I have joined my colleagues in sending three letters to the President urging him to rethink his devastating decisions.
The first was a letter I joined with 52 of my colleagues urging the President to take the border crisis seriously.
The second, led by House Committee on Oversight and Reform Ranking Member James Comer (R-KY), detailed how the President's policies will worsen the crisis at the border, including how they will lead to an influx of unaccompanied minors, which we are already seeing.
The third urges the President to realize that there is, indeed, a crisis at the border, which he will not acknowledge, and that his decision to rescind President Trump's emergency declaration has been disastrous.
I also encourage you to take a look at this list of "startling stats" put together by Ranking Member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, John Katko, as well as this tracker from the Heritage Foundation that directly compares President Trump's immigration policies to President Biden's.
The crisis at the border is serious, and we need leadership that encourages people to immigrate to the U.S. safely and legally, with policies that back it up. That is why I joined my colleagues of the Republican Study Committee (RSC), a House caucus that digs into the issues of the day to find meaningful policy solutions, in giving a floor speech to address the reasons why President Biden's policies are failing and his rhetoric is damaging to not only our country, but the migrants being abused by the cartels at the border.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is looking to improve its health care and benefits system for veterans. Veterans in Wisconsin will be given an opportunity to voice their concerns with the VA to help the department move forward in investing in its aging infrastructure.
The VA is looking for veterans to participate who are interested in engaging with them to provide insight on the following topics:
How Veterans want care to be delivered in the future.
Perception of the quality of health care at VA.
Experience with the ability to get care at VA and within VA’s community network.
Satisfaction with the condition and location of VA’s facilities.
VA’s role in research, education, and emergency preparedness.
The VA Great Lakes Health Care System will hold a virtual meeting to hear directly from veterans in Wisconsin. If you are unable to access a computer, the listening session will be made available by phone to encourage participation from as many local veterans as possible. The meeting will be held on Monday, April 19 from 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. CST. Click here to view the dial-in number and access code, or to register and join the meeting online.
Click here for instructions on how to apply to receive VA health care benefits online, by phone, or in-person.
I am committed to making sure our veterans are receiving the best care possible. During my time in Congress, I have cosponsored and voted for many pieces of legislation designed to improve the VA and make it easier for veterans to access benefits. Now, I encourage you to interact with the VA directly to voice your opinion. And as always, please let me know if you have any ideas on how to improve the VA or need help in dealing with the agency.
It was nice sitting down with Greenstone Farm Credit Services to hear the issues facing the agricultural community in Wisconsin, like how dairy price fluctuation affects local farmers and processors.
I hope you had a happy and healthy St. Patrick's Day on Wednesday!
I sat down with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) to discuss ways to strengthen the US-Israel relationship and promote future Israel-Arab peace efforts.
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