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Dem. Rep. Cuellar: 'Unprecedented Numbers' of Migrants Allowed Into US

Dem. Rep. Cuellar: 'Unprecedented Numbers' of Migrants Allowed Into US
A photo provided by the Office of Congressman Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, shows detainees on March 20, 2021,in a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) temporary overflow facility in Donna, Texas. (Photo courtesy of the Office of Congressman Henry Cuellar via AP)

By    |   Sunday, 28 March 2021 02:02 PM

Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, on Sunday lamented the “unprecedented numbers” of migrants at the southern border being released into the United States, urging Mexico to “do more” to help with the crisis.

In an interview on CBS News’ “Face The Nation,” Cuellar said “over 2,000” have been been released into the United States without a notice to appear. “I emphasize, without a notice to appear at a immigration court,” he said. “They're supposed to appear, show up,  maybe in 60 days, report to an [Immigration Control and Enforcement] office. This is unprecedented.”

According to Cuellar, 71% out of the 100,000 people who passed in February were adults, and “those are being returned, expelled back.”“Some family units are turned back into Mexico depending on the age of the kids. Thirteen and above are being returned,” he noted.

Mexico could be a key in tamping down those who are showing up at the border, he said.

“I know the president's right about they're working with Mexico, so Mexico do more,” he said.

“But the rest of them, the family units are being released into the United States. That's where the burden of the border communities are felt. The cities, the counties, the [non-government organizations]. We're feeling the brunt of what's happening with the family units.”

Cuellar warned there’s no simple solution to the crisis.

White House border coordinator Roberta Jacobson is “going to be concentrating on getting Mexico to do more,” Cuellar said. “They can do more. I promise you. They can do more.”

“I have spoken to [Homeland Security] Secretary [Alejandro ] Mayorkas,” he added. “I've spoken to some folks at the White House, I've spoken to the [Customs and Border Protection] acting commissioner, I've talked to a lot of folks on the ground.”

“We all want to be helpful” to Vice President Kamala Harris, who is charged with helping to coordinate the response to the crisis,” he said. “I’m glad that the president put the vice president in charge, because we need somebody that can look at the comprehensive view of what we're seeing here.”

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Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, on Sunday lamented the "unprecedented numbers" of migrants at the southern border being released into the United States, urging Mexico to "do more" to help with the crisis.
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