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Stauber returns to border with Mexico

The congressman tweeted from El Paso, Texas on Friday, bidding to highlight the differences between Republicans and President Joe Biden when it comes to immigration.

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Rep. Pete Stauber, left, and Sheriff Mark Lamb visit along the U.S.-Mexico border in southern Arizona in April 2019. (Pete Stauber Twitter)

Rep. Pete Stauber tweeted from El Paso, Texas on Friday, saying he was there to "see the southern border crisis firsthand."

It's the second visit to the southern border for Stauber, R-Hermantown, who visited Yuma, Arizona in 2019 .

This time, Stauber is attempting to highlight the differences between the immigration approaches of President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump.

Stauber continues to stand behind Trump, voting this week against a congressional investigation into the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol by supporters of the former president.

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Stauber tweeted from Texas that he visited a pecan farm, where farmers "shared concerns over the safety of their families and homes, the destruction of crops, and theft of property. They also shared heart-wrenching stories of helping migrants in need."

Stauber has been critical of Biden throughout the Democratic president's first six months in office, saying repeatedly that Biden has failed on his promise of unity and bipartisanship.

In March, Stauber told prospective donors in an email that: "On the first day of his presidency, Joe Biden halted the construction of the border wall, despite proof that walls work."

Biden did halt border wall construction between the United States and Mexico, and has made policy changes, including revoking Trump-era restrictions on green cards. Unlike Republicans, Biden favors a pathway to citizenship for the country's undocumented immigrants. But Biden has also kept several of his predecessor's immigration changes, according to an April report from CBS News.

In March, nearly 19,000 unaccompanied children entered U.S. custody along the southern border, CBS also reported, describing it as "an all-time monthly high that has forced the Biden administration to house migrant teenagers in convention centers, camps for oil workers and a military base, according to preliminary government data provided to CBS News."

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Record numbers of Central American teens and children accounted for migration flows under Presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump in 2014 and 2019, too, CBS said. The previous all-time monthly high came in May 2019, when nearly 12,000 unaccompanied children arrived at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Stauber has also dealt with a crisis at his own 8th Congressional District's northern border with Canada, which has suspended cross-border travel with the United States throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

"I have heard from countless concerned individuals whose businesses and livelihoods have suffered," he said in April. "I share these individuals' concerns."

He and others in the state's federal delegation of lawmakers, including Sen. Tina Smith, are in unison on lobbying Canada to restore travel. The southern border, however, is a constant point of division between the parties.

Stauber addressed the issue again in a March newsletter to constituents, saying: "To make matters worse, just last week, the Democrat-majority in the House passed two pieces of legislation that will provide amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants, only further incentivizing migrants to unlawfully enter the United States."

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