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U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee report: Biden's immigration policies a 'humanitarian catastrophe'

A new report from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee claims that President Joe Biden’s immigration policies are worsening the border crisis

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June 22, 2022 6:49pm

Updated: June 23, 2022 12:27pm

A new report from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee obtained by Fox News claims that President Joe Biden’s immigration policies are worsening the border crisis. 

The report titled "Biden's Border Crisis: Examining Policies that Encourage Illegal Migration" claims that the large number of undocumented immigrants at the border is a “humanitarian catastrophe for the vulnerable people involved.”

Under the Biden administration, the United States has seen an unprecedented number of undocumented migrants attempting to cross the Mexican border into the country. Around 7,500 migrants attempt to cross the border every day, according to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. 

"Illegal migration to the United States has reached record-breaking levels since the Biden Administration entered office. In order to protect U.S. security and regional stability, its time the administration establish sound immigration controls within the United States and build political will and capacity in Mexico and the northern Central American countries of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras," Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member James Risch, R-Idaho, told Fox News Digital. 

"Our report offers concrete recommendations to address the root causes of illegal migration and to achieve safety and security at our U.S. southern border and the region at large," Risch added. 

The report compares the immigration policies implemented during the Obama administration with Biden’s policies. The current policies “incentivized illegal migration and undermined the ability of U.S. law enforcement to secure our border,” the report adds. 

Additionally, the policies have been taken advantage of by transnational criminal organizations (TCOs), which are profiting by smuggling drugs and humans through the border. 

“The Biden Administration’s disastrous immigration and border policies, combined with the growing numbers of outward migration from the Western Hemisphere and TCOs’ evolving human smuggling and trafficking tactics, have a detrimental impact on the safety and security of the United States," the report read. 

The report concludes by asking the administration to help “build sustainable political will among partners to develop, implement, fund, and enforce policies aimed at countering transnational organized crime, increasing border security, and managing migration.”

The report adds that the U.S. should also work with Mexico and Central America to improve security in the region. "This would reduce the burden on U.S. law enforcement at the southern border while promoting safe, orderly, and legal migration throughout the region," it read.