McCarthy heads Republican delegation to border

House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy on Monday visited Texas to assess the rising number of migrants showing up at the border, especially unaccompanied children.

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KEVIN MCCARTHY: The security of our nation and our border is first and foremost the responsibility of our president. I came down here because I heard of the crisis. It's more than a crisis. This is a human heartbreak.

The sad part about all of this, it didn't have to happen. This crisis is created by the presidential policies of this new administration. There's no other way to claim it than a Biden border crisis.

Every part of what we sat and talked to, we learned more of how it was created. Congressman [INAUDIBLE] talked to a family from Honduras, asked how long they've been traveling. 22 days. Just in coincidence, the actions taken by President Biden of why people think they could come here and break the law.

We went through a new facility that was built just more than a year ago. They built it with a capacity they thought they could never meet-- 1,040 people to be processed. Today, it broke that record. Today, they're beyond capacity.

They're having to build into the parking lot a makeshift facility, even though the US Congress just passed a $1.9 trillion bill, not one dollar in there to help them. It's taking away the operation cost for the border to be protected.

But for all these children that are unaccompanied that's sitting in there, there's 120 border agents that are now inside that unit that are not on the border protecting us when a surge is coming. As we went up to Monument Three, speaking to the men and women on the front lines, they catch from 100 to 200 people a night.