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Georgia Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene is sounding the alarm bells this week about the immigration crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border. Greene also mentioned a potentially dangerous item found at the border, which some have refuted.
At a House Homeland Security Committee hearing in Texas, which Democrats boycotted and refused to attend, Greene asked U.S. Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz about an alleged explosive device found by Border Patrol agents. As noted by Mediaite, it turned out to be a ball of sand and duct tape.
“Chief Ortiz, are you aware that there was an explosive device found by Border Patrol agents on January 17th in an area called No Man’s Land, and there’s surveillance of who put it there? And guess what? It wasn’t Americans; it was cartels. Are you aware of that?” Greene asked.
Ortiz declined to acknowledge the incident, citing classified information.
“I’m not going to be confidential because I think people deserve to know,” Greene declared. “Our Border Patrol agents should not be in those type of conditions where they are at risk of being blown to pieces by the cartels, who, by the way, are criminals, and they should be treated as such.”
“As a matter of fact, I’ve co-sponsored legislation to declare war on the cartels because they are definitely declaring war on us, the American people, and our Border Patrol agents, and I’ve had enough of it, and I know Americans have had enough of it,” she added.
“Now this was supposed to be a full committee. But as you can see, the Democrats are not here. They decided to not — to not show. Why? Well, they said coming here was just a political stunt. You tell me, taking a hearing to the point of the crisis for a firsthand view, are boycotting a hearing because you know we’re going to shine a light on the truth. Which of those is a political stunt? I’d say the political stunt are these empty chairs,” she continued.
Every state is a border state.
In just the last two years under the Biden Administration, fentanyl deaths in my district in Northwest Georgia have increased over 350%.
Americans are dying, and Democrats don’t even bother to show up for work. pic.twitter.com/4yjAGeNp27
— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene🇺🇸 (@RepMTG) March 15, 2023
Greene tweeted a photo of the alleged object.
“Explosive found by Border Patrol Agents Jan 17th,” she wrote. “Not only are the Cartels murdering Americans everyday [sic] through drugs and crime, but now they are planting bombs on our land in our country. Our US military needs to take action against the Mexican Cartels. End this Cartel led war against America!”
Fox News National Correspondent Bill Melugin responded to Greene by saying a “high-level CBP source” told him it was “fake” and just “filled with dirt.”
NEW: A high level CBP source tells me that this was a fake, and was actually filled with dirt. It was discovered by Border Patrol agents in Rio Grande City in the RGV, and while it appeared nefarious, I’m told it did not contain any explosives. https://t.co/x1iWUQ4scZ
— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) March 15, 2023
Greene exposing the crisis at the southern border comes just days after a top Republican in the House said that he has been given the goods on President Biden and his financial entanglements.
House Republicans were just given access to President Joe Biden’s banking documents which may include transactions from his son Hunter Biden, Fox News reported. House Oversight Committee Chairman and Tennessee Rep. James Comer made the announcement when he spoke to Fox News host Sean Hannity on Tuesday.
“We just got word that Treasury said they will give us access,” the representative said.
The Biden administration has yet to confirm such a move. News of the agreement came hours after Comer’s Oversight Committee subpoenaed more bank records from the Bank of America earlier Monday. The subpoenas targeted ‘all financial records’ from three of Hunter Biden’s business associates dating from Jan. 20, 2009, to the present,” Fox News reported.
“The Oversight Committee has subpoenaed and obtained financial records related to the Biden family’s influence peddling,” a committee spokesperson told Fox News Digital. “These documents solidify our understanding of several areas of concern and have opened new avenues of investigation about the Biden family’s business schemes.”
It comes after Republican Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan vowed investigations into the Bidens this week.
Jordan is calling out Democrats on the panel after their latest stunt regarding an important hearing that pertains to a critical issue of national importance, as he renews a vow to conduct invasive probes into Joe and Hunter Biden and the FBI.