President Joe Biden's push to end the use of Title 42 and other Trump-era policies at the Mexican border is proof that the White House and Democrats are "absolutely shirking their constitutional duty and their oath to the Constitution," Rep. Brian Babin told Newsmax on Wednesday.
"The last tool they have in their tool chest that was given to them by the Trump administration is the Title 42 public health restrictions," the Texas Republican said while appearing on Newsmax's "National Report."
Title 42 is a public health policy that allows blocking immigrants from entering the U.S. if they are coming from a country experiencing widespread disease, and Babin said the use of that rule is the "only thing that protects the American people from the spread of COVID coming across our southern border."
Babin noted that he's a health care practitioner and has visited the border three times, and said the increased immigration not only poses a threat from a health standpoint but also because of the influx of drugs and crime.
"The cartels are now de facto in control of our border, and they're killing people," he said. "Literally, people are dying. There have been 321 migrant dead people found down there this year, and they're asking for more body bags. This is an untold disaster that is unfolding down there, getting worse and worse."
Babin added that he is proud of Texas for stepping up and working to protect the border, "since the federal government is falling down on the job. [We are] trying to protect ourselves from literally an invasion of criminal activity, of drugs — possible potential terrorists, on and on and on, that are getting people killed on both sides of this border."
Meanwhile, Democrats are not showing any moral character by allowing the immigration crisis to continue, especially considering the entry of people who are coming in without being screened for COVID or having vaccinations, Babin said.
"The only one I've heard so far is ... Democrat Henry Cuellar, who has questioned this. ... I saw it with my own eyes. I took a group down to the Rio Grande Valley sector. I saw a facility in Donna, Texas, that was supposed to have no more than 250 ... unaccompanied children at it. There were 5,700 kids in this facility. It was unbelievable. We've got to start protecting the American people, and the states are going to have to step up and do that job," he said.
He added that there is "an excess of a million illegal aliens that have come across our border," and while he doesn't agree with blaming Democrats for wanting to see COVID spread, "they want illegal aliens in here and they want to enfranchise them with citizenship and the right to vote" because they want a "permanent majority."
Meanwhile, Babin said he's going to present a bill that will allow block grant funds so border states can "continue to construct" the border wall.
"We know walls work. ... It frees up so many Border Patrol agents to do the job they need to be doing. When we have a solid wall there, and the Democrats say it's immoral, they live behind walls themselves around their own mansions. We've seen walls come up around the Washington, D.C., Capitol."
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