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Rep. Tony Gonzales, R-Texas, appeared on “Sunday Night in America with Trey Gowdy” to discuss the ongoing migrant crisis on the southern border.
On Tuesday, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas claimed the southern border “is secure” despite Border Patrol agents reporting a record number of encounters with migrants. Gonzales also insisted that Mayorkas’ statement was not true.
“It’s the furthest thing from safety. I’m 42% of the southern border. Certainly there’s no one in my district who thinks it’s safe,” Gonzales said.
He recalled weeks earlier, in June, that a tractor-trailer in Texas exposed a human smuggling operation that left more than 50 people dead after the truck was abandoned.
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Although the situation looks dire, Gonzales described meeting with Mayorkas to discuss ways to improve the migrant crisis.
“About three weeks ago Secretary Mayorkas came to my office in DC, we sat down and talked about a few things. I asked him for one thing in particular: to help resolve this crisis. That’s the repatriation flights from Del Rio, Texas. These are essentially flights for people who do not qualify for asylum, which is about 95% of migrants who arrive. They are put on a plane, and instead of being sent to another ICE detention in the United States, they are sent back to their country of origin. This is the only way for this to go away, ”he explained.
Gowdy noted that some Democratic leaders such as New York City Mayor Eric Adams and DC Mayor Muriel Bowser have begun to recognize the struggles over illegal immigrants who put pressure on social services and budgets in their cities. Gonzales, however, noted that Democrats had no one to blame but themselves.
“Of course we’ve seen these Democrat mayors and other people complaining about it, because it’s pure chaos. What you see is the Democrats controlling the House, they controlling the Senate and they controlling the White House. They created this problem,” Gonzales said.
While he called on Republican leaders to take control of the House, he lamented the lack of bipartisan efforts to improve the border.
“It’s a unique case. You’ll never see Nancy Pelosi here. You’ll never see AOC and some of these others, but I think that’s what it takes to say how to put our politics aside and roll up our sleeves for improvement.” I think it can happen, but you know better than anyone how hard it is to work that way,” Gonzales said.
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With the likelihood of Republicans regaining control of the House and Republican Mayra Flores’ latest special election, Gowdy wondered what Gonzales would think might happen with the GOP in charge.
“I think it starts with gaining the trust of Americans. We’ve seen a little taste of that, especially Hispanic Americans are coming to the Republican Party in droves. I think we have an opportunity to change the scope of the party. and politics, not just for this year, but for decades to come,” Gonzales said.
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He concluded: “Once again, when we Republicans have a majority in the House, we have to deliver on our promises. It’s about governing, and I think a big part of it is commitment to the “America you’re going to see Kevin McCarthy deploying here soon, and we’re all going to support him. It’s a good start. We need to start delivering for all Americans.”