Rep. Debbie Lesko (R-AZ) expressed her concerns over record levels of illegal immigrants crossing the southern border at Tucson under President Joe Biden.
Lesko shared her remarks during an interview on Fox News Radio's "Fox Across America" on Monday.
— MD Morgan (@MDMorgan2) August 9, 2023
“It’s an issue for everyone, including the illegal immigrants that are trying to cross the border. So, as you’ve said, I’m here in Arizona, and in the Tucson border sector, The Washington Post is putting out numbers predicting that border crossings will be the highest that they’ve been in 15 years in the month of July," she said.
"And this what’s happening under the Biden administration policies. … And I’ve gone down to the border multiple times, and they’re telling me that these girls and young boys are getting raped. They’re being sold into sex slavery. … That’s why I said, it’s not only hurting Americans, it’s hurting the immigrants, too. These policies are bad for both of us," it continued.
Several Tucson Sector stations encountered several large groups of migrants over the weekend. The largest group, 533, was encountered west of Lukeville, AZ, Sunday. The group consisted of single adults, unaccompanied children, and family units from seventeen different countries. pic.twitter.com/03POM4tQLO
— John R. Modlin (@USBPChiefTCA) August 3, 2023
The area's chief border patrol leader John Modlin shared concerns over large groups crossing at Tucson earlier this month.
"Several Tucson Sector stations encountered several large groups of migrants over the weekend," he tweeted.
"The largest group, 533, was encountered west of Lukeville, AZ, Sunday. The group consisted of single adults, unaccompanied children, and family units from seventeen different countries," he added.
The issues in Tucson add to growing frustration among Americans over the Biden administration's open border policies.
The latest numbers show that numbers continue to remain high despite 100-degree temperatures and changes claimed by the Biden administration to slow the number of crossings.
The issue is also one of national security, with GOP presidential candidates using the issue to show that the president is unfit to serve a second term.