In a letter to the President, Republican candidate for the 6th Congressional District of Texas Sery Kim expressed her concern for the crisis at the Texas Southern border and implored the President to support Title 42.
Recent months have seen a surge in crossings at the state’s southern border. Republicans have demanded action from the current administration and denounced President Biden’s relaxation of policies.
“The security of our nation and our border is first and foremost the responsibility of our president,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said at a recent news conference near El Paso, Texas. “This crisis is created by the presidential policies of this new administration. There’s no other way to claim it, than a Biden border crisis.”
Throughout her campaign, Kim has frequently denounced what she describes as the “radical left wing agenda of open borders” and vowed to fight for a more conservative immigration policy. In her letter she described border sectors as “overwhelmed” and stressed the importance of Title 42. First introduced under the Trump administration, the policy invokes authority from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to rapidly deport all asylum seekers without due process in the U.S..
She went on to raise pandemic-related concerns over illegal immigrants entering the country without a mask or testing, contradicting pandemic-related policies which she described as having “curtailed our freedoms.” Kim’s accusation echoes those made by the Governor who has fixated on liberal border policies as responsible for the high numbers of active cases in the state. In response, the White House has criticized Abbott’s recent repeal of the mask mandate and rejection of federal assistance to test migrants for COVID-19.
Kim concluded by drawing on her own experience as a second-generation immigrant, but emphasizing that her “sympathy for those who want to pursue these same dreams ends with illegal immigration” and asking the President to “hear the cry of Texans and Americans, and stop the massive influx of immigrants at the Southern border.”