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Local Arizona Leaders Detail Reality of Border Crisis at Hearing Democrats Boycotted

•, by Virginia Allen

"The Biden Border Crisis," marked the second hearing the committee held on the situation at the southern border this Congress.

"It's about time we told the truth. It's about time we fix this problem," Rep. Jefferson Van Drew, R-N.J., said of the border crisis during an interview with The Daily Signal shortly before the hearing began.

"And here's the bottom line," Van Drew added, "it is fixable. We don't have to have this happen. This was self-created by President [Joe] Biden, by Secretary [of Homeland Security] Alejandro Mayorkas, and this administration."

The committee held the hearing in Yuma County, located about 150 miles southwest of Phoenix. The city has a population of about 207,000 and is a large agricultural community.

Members of Congress heard from three witnesses at the hearing, all of whom are well acquainted with the ways in which the surge of illegal aliens crossing the border is affecting their community: Jonathan Lines, a Yuma County district supervisor, Yuma County Sheriff Leon Wilmot, and Dr. Robert Trenschel, president and CEO of the Yuma Regional Medical Center.

Following opening remarks from House Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, witnesses detailed the reality of the border crisis in Yuma County, and GOP members committed to do all in their power to stop the surge of migrants crossing the border illegally while taking swings at the Biden administration and their Democrat colleagues.

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