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El Paso’s Escobar pushes back after GOP leaders tour border ‘crisis’ & blame Biden

EL PASO, Texas -- El Paso Democratic Congresswoman Veronica Escobar on Monday sparred with Republican U.S. House leaders in dueling news conferences after the GOP toured the Texas-Mexico border in El Paso and labeled the current immigration situation "a crisis."

U.S. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy led the 13-member congressional delegation's visit. Those Republicans claim the Biden administration is creating a security and humanitarian crisis through lax immigration policies.

"The new facility that was built, we never thought it would reach capacity of 1,040, hitting capacity today," McCarthy said of the U.S. Border Patrol detention facility at Hondo Pass. "When it does that it takes 120 of agents off their protection of the border."

Another of the GOP members in the delegation, New York Rep. John Katko, alleged that terrorists are coming over the border from Mexico.

"The people they've caught in the last few days in Sector 3 have been under terror watch lists - individuals they have on watch lists for terrorism are now starting to exploit the southern border," Katko said. "We need to wake up."

But Escobar defended the Biden administration, saying as she has several times in recent days that it is not to blame for the migrant surge. She said the Trump administration's actions caused the current border problems because it "deliberately dismantled and damaged" the nation's immigration system that Biden has inherited.

Escobar also pushed back on Katko's allegations on terrorism, equating it to the same falsehoods told by some Republicans who claim Trump actually won the presidential election.

Escobar said in conversations she's had recently with both the Homeland Security secretary and the Border Patrol sector chief, they've never made any mention of terrorists crossing the border in El Paso.

“When folks want to use fear to get the American public to believe that the southern border is a place to be feared -- that’s what in fact has created the billions of dollars in waste militarizing communities like mine when we have yet to get any reports of the accusation that terrorists are coming through the southern border.”

You can watch both news conferences in the video players below.



Shelby Montgomery

Las Cruces native Shelby Montgomery is an ABC-7 reporter who also co-anchors Good Morning El Paso weekends.

Saul Saenz

El Paso native Saul Saenz is a veteran reporter who also hosts ABC-7 Extra.

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36 Comments

  1. Um, it IS a crisis no matter how you look at it. When you have facilities filled to 700% of capacity and when at least 9% covid infection rate, you can’t really call it anything else. That’s just 2 markers. How many people are being trafficked and how many of those will be forced into sex work or drug trafficking? How many will be murdered? This is going to be the biggest humanitarian crisis that we have faced.

    1. And what is even more sad, the senile puppet president has no clue what to do. He will probably spend another 100 billion to blue states like Cal and NY and nothing down here. He does not give a damn about the border. All he wants is more demoKKKrats to vote for the give me give me government.

      1. Some times I amaze myself. The senile puppet prez is already talking about new taxes. “Biden reportedly planning first major tax hike since 1993 in next economic package”. Hope you people that voted that fool in get the brunt of paying more taxes. Serves you right.

  2. Pelosi,Schumer and this Biden Executioner…they have over 90 years of being part of the government that makes and is supposed to enforce the laws they make. So let’s blame the Trump administration and a “broken immigration system” for someone who was President for 4 years. Yeah, that sounds right.

  3. Republicans have no credibility as evidenced by their bald-face lie that terrorists are coming across the border. Also, have you noticed they offer no ideas as how best to deal with the higher influx that happens EVERY spring? The only terrorists in the country are the trumpite republicans who will be summarily dealt with come election day and when Merrick Garland begins convening grand juries.

    1. They offer no ideas on how to deal with the crisis? Hey Mark turner there was no crisis when Trump was in office cause he didn’t play soft on immigration you just didn’t like the tactics. Typical Mark turner just make stuff up and hope nobody notices, what nonsense. It WAS being dealt with and there’s no denying that this crisis started once Pelosi/shumer/harris/warren/nadler took office. Just cause you didn’t like the tactics doesn’t mean it wasn’t being handled

      1. Trump had immigration fixed and Biden screwed it up on day 1. What was the point. If you want to help these people go to there country and help them. It’s not that hard really

        1. Trump didn’t fix shit. He built 9 miles of new wall, the rest was already allocated by previous administrations or were older wall sections that needed repair/replacement. Even that small section built on private land here wasn’t done by Trump. You ought to educate yourself.

          1. Sure maybe he didn’t completely fix it but he didn’t have this many unaccompanied kids in custody…. and we didn’t have the surge because trump want playing soft ball, it’s a tough situation and he made sure Americans didn’t carry the burden. That has now changed and border communities are getting hit, throwing money at the problem is not the answer…… throwing tax payer dollars is also not the answer

          2. You don’t know shiy, there was certainly few sticking across the border in 2019 and 2020. Is it hard do be that dumb

    2. Four foreign nationals, whose names match those on the terror watch list, have been stopped trying to enter the U.S. via the southern border since October, a congressional aide familiar with Customs and Border Protection (CBP) information told Fox News.

      That information shows that three migrants from Yemen and one from Serbia were picked up at the southern border by U.S. Border Patrol since the beginning of the fiscal year in October.

  4. Escobar is a small town dope that had enough friends to get her a job that produced the likes of Tony Cobos, she is a rookie shill for the treasonists Demorats that are selling out our country

    1. Not liking her politics is one thing (and I’d agree with you), but it’s obvious you don’t know what treason is. If you want to see text book treason, look at Trump supporters storming the Capitol. That’s Treason with a capital T.

      1. Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States… SOUNDS LIKE THE ENTIRE DEMOCRAP PARTY AND ITS SUPPORTERS!!! The “supposed” 81 million!?!
        SteveONDIPSHITROAD!!!

      2. Steve I know what i’m talking about, those were’nt true Trump supporters that were attacking OUR capitol, it’s very easy to carry a flag and where a Trump hat when you actually are nothing more than leftist Radical’s that are out ONLY to destroy things look at Portland who do you think is doing the damage? Democrat’s and Republican’s? I assumed you were smarter than that

  5. THANKS BIDEN! Four migrants with names on terror watch list picked up at border since October:

    Four foreign nationals, whose names match those on the terror watch list, have been stopped trying to enter the U.S. via the southern border since October, a congressional aide familiar with Customs and Border Protection (CBP) information told Fox News.

    That information shows that three migrants from Yemen and one from Serbia were picked up at the southern border by U.S. Border Patrol since the beginning of the fiscal year in October.

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