A prominent Democrat on the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security seems to have two different interpretations of the situation at the southern U.S. border where tens of thousands of illegal immigrants from Central America have been apprehended.
“I disagree it is in devastating condition,” Texas Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee said of what some are calling a “border crisis” in an interview Thursday with MSNBC.
“I think with now 21,000 border patrol agents is under control.”
But her statement seems to contradict the one currently on Jackson Lee’s congressional website.
“She believes that our country currently has deficient border security, which is the result of a history of congressional under-funding,” the site reads.
The flow of illegal immigrants this year has more than doubled last year’s numbers, leaving DHS and its immigration agencies scrambling to keep up.
Since Oct. 1, 57,000 unaccompanied children and at least 39,000 mothers with children have been apprehended. Besides diverting resources and man-hours, the uptick has also forced DHS and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to provide temporary housing for the illegal immigrants.