Rep Joyce calls Southern Border “humanitarian and national security crisis” during this week’s visit

05 January 2024- Congressman John Joyce, M.D. (PA-13) joined over 60 House Republicans this week to visit Eagle Pass, TX, and meet with U.S. Customs and Border Patrol Agents, as well as local law enforcement officers and landowners to learn more about the ongoing crisis unfolding along the southern border.

“The facts on the ground are clear – President Biden’s open border policies have created a humanitarian and national security crisis on our southern border,” said Congressman Joyce. “It’s time for the Senate to take swift action to pass the Secure the Border Act and give our border patrol agents the resources they need to protect Americans.”

Last month, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) encountered 302,000 illegal migrants attempting to cross the U.S. southern border – shattering the record of illegal southern border crossings in one month. 

Last year, Congressman Joyce voted in favor of H.R.2, the Secure the Border Act, which would increase the number of Border Patrol agents, deploy technology to our nation’s borders, and resume physical barrier construction along the southern border.

In 2023, border patrol agents seized almost 230,000 pounds of drugs, including 22,000 pounds of illicit fentanyl, being smuggled across the southern border.

Congressman Joyce speaks about the current situation on the southern border with Terrell County, TX Sheriff Thad Cleveland