Sen. Scott at Southern Border: We Need Strong Leadership


Click here to watch my remarks at the border.

EAGLE PASS, TEXAS – Today, U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-S.C.) visited the U.S.-Mexico border with Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) to discuss the illegal immigration crisis with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers and federal officials and to tour the border. The senators called on President Biden to secure the southern border and end the largest invasion in American history.

“Today’s visit makes it clear – our border is broken and those tasked with guarding it need real help. After talking with our border patrol agents, who are working long hours because they love this country, it’s even more sad that President Biden is saying, ‘I’ve done all that I can do,’” said Senator Scott. “Joe Biden has the tools to fix this crisis, but when the president of the United States is more interested in selling the construction material for the wall than he is in using it to build a structure that will keep our country safe, that tells Americans all we need to know about his commitment to securing our border. We were better off under President Trump, and this day has only reinforced that.” 

Photos and video today’s border trip can be found here.


Senator Scott has pushed back against the Biden administration’s open border policies and fought to secure the southern border by:

  • Championing the Creating Obstructions Necessary to Address Illegal and Nefarious Entry Rapidly (CONTAINER) Act, which empowers border states to place temporary barriers on federal land in order to protect their communities;
  • Advocating for the Keep Our Border Agents Paid Act, which ensures U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents and contractors continue to be paid in the event of a shutdown as President Biden’s southern border crisis continues to spiral out of control;
  • Fighting for the Secure the Border Act of 2023 to address the Biden administration’s open border crisis by increasing the number of Border Patrol Agents, resuming construction on the border wall, tightening asylum standards, criminalizing visa overstays, and prohibiting the Department of Homeland Security from using its app to assist illegal immigrants;
  • Condemning the Department of Defense’s decision to auction off approximately $260 million worth of border wall construction materials;
  • Championing his Securing Our Border Act, which redirects $15 billion of funding passed by Democrats to hire 87,000 Internal Revenue Service (IRS) agents and utilizes it to bolster security measures along our southern border;
  • Introducing the Alan T. Shao II Fentanyl Public Health Emergency and Overdose Prevention Act to utilize powers similar to those under Title 42 so that the Department of Homeland Security continues to expedite the processing and removal of migrants illegally entering the country in response to the fentanyl-related public health emergency; and
  • Authoring his bipartisan Fentanyl Eradication and Narcotics Deterrence (FEND) Off Fentanyl Act, a sanctions and anti-money laundering bill aimed at combatting the country’s fentanyl crisis by targeting the illicit fentanyl supply chain, from the chemical suppliers in China to the cartels that traffic the drugs in from Mexico. The bill was unanimously voted out of the Senate Banking Committee and earned 66 Senate cosponsors.