GOP senators call on Biden to address southern border crisis

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WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 06: U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) speaks as (L-R) Sen. James Lankford (R-OK), Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL), Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND), Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Sen. Todd Young (R-IN) listen during a news conference at the U.S. Capitol October 6, 2021 in Washington, DC. Senate Republicans held a news conference to discuss immigration issues on the border. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 06: U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) speaks as (L-R) Sen. James Lankford (R-OK), Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL), Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND), Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Sen. Todd Young (R-IN) listen during a news conference at the U.S. Capitol October 6, 2021 in Washington, DC. Senate Republicans held a news conference to discuss immigration issues on the border. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – OCTOBER 06: U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) speaks as (L-R) Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.), Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.), Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.), Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.) listen during a news conference at the U.S. Capitol October 6, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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UPDATED 3:09 PM PT – Wednesday, October 6, 2021

GOP senators held a press conference on Joe Biden’s southern border crisis. Speaking from Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, the lawmakers said the southern border is completely lawless under the Biden administration.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R) pointed to Biden’s immediate policies upon entering office, including halting border wall construction, reinstating catch and release, and repealing President Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” rule. Additionally, Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley (R) noted illegal immigration isn’t just a problem for border states, but also poses a national security, health and humanitarian crisis for all 50 states.

“When illegal drugs come into Iowa, across the border, it’s because the president isn’t enforcing laws. When 15 percent of the people come across the border that had the virus, it’s spreading the virus around the other 50 states,” said Grassley. “When we get terrorists arrested at the border, it’s a national security issue.”

This comes as official Border Patrol numbers have shown between August of this year and 2020, apprehensions along the southern border rose by almost 500 percent.

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