There is little question that President Joe Biden’s open borders rhetoric and lax enforcement of existing immigration laws have played a major role in the ongoing crisis at the southern border, where migrants have arrived in surges over the last several months.
Now, the leaders of a Texas border county at the center of the crisis have agreed to join with other border counties and cities in a lawsuit against the Biden administration over its abject failure to address the problems at the border, Fox News reports.
The commissioners of Val Verde County, home of Del Rio — where thousands of mostly Haitian migrants were recently encamped under a bridge — voted unanimously Tuesday to authorize collaboration with other counties and cities in legal action against the current administration.
“A complete failure”
During a meeting Tuesday, Val Verde County Commissioner Beau Nettleton said, “We’ve talked about immigration reform for as long as I can remember. Both parties have had control of Washington at one point or another over the last 20 years, and we have failed to do anything about it other than create the mess that we have today,” he said.
“It is inexcusable,” Nettleton remarked, according to Fox.
“I don’t have the answer as to whether a lawsuit solves this problem, but it draws attention to this problem,” he continued. “They took the same oath of office that I did, which was to uphold the constitution… They need to comply with that oath and do their job and stop this mess.”
At another point in the meeting, turning his attention to the recent encampment of well over 10,000 mostly Haitian migrants under the Del Rio International Bridge, Nettleton said, “I am all for people coming into this country legally — that’s what built this country.” However, he said, “this is not a legal process, this is not the right way to do it.”
“Fifty percent of the population of this city was sitting underneath our International Bridge — how is a town of this size, with our tax base, supposed to deal with that problem,” Nettleton claimed, as Fox reported. “It is a complete failure of everything that is going on in Washington, for not just the last couple of years, but for many, many years.”
The crisis continues
The New York Post notes that it remains unclear when an actual lawsuit will be filed or whether any other border counties and cities in Texas will join Val Verde in the legal action.
It all comes as millions of migrants continue to pour in through the U.S.–Mexico border. According to Fox, as of the end of August, more than 1.5 million illegal border crossings had already been recorded by border agents this year.
And that figure doesn’t even count those who illegally entered the country in September, or who escaped apprehension entirely.
Meanwhile, President Biden has been criticized by both sides of the immigration debate, as Democrats demand amnesty for undocumented immigrants who are already here and Republicans insist that the president reinstitute the successful border security policies of his predecessor. Neither side seems satisfied as Biden nears the end of his first year in office.