Lee Zeldin: ‘Staggering Crisis’ at U.S.-Mexico Border, Lawmakers Have ‘Oath’ to Protect, Defend U.S.

(USA Features) Rep. Lee Zeldin said on Sunday that the worsening situation along portions of the U.S.-Mexico border had grown into a “staggering crisis” and suggested that Congress had a duty to act to defend the country which he intimated is under virtual invasion.

In an interview with Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures,” Zeldon, a GOP lawmaker from New York who has announced his intention to run for governor, suggested lawmakers take a much stronger enforcement approach to the border situation.

“It’s a staggering crisis at our border right now,” he said.

“Reality is setting in. We have as members of Congress an oath … provide for the common defense, funding the Department of Homeland Security and ICE,  Border Patrol” and to enforce “the rule of law,” he added.

“We talk about people who come across her border and …you look at those numbers we also have to take account for the things that come across — the drug trafficking and arms trafficking, the story behind these numbers often times labor trafficking and trafficking as well,” Zeldin continued.

He went on to say that the federal government also has an obligation to provide its border enforcement personnel all the resources they need to do their jobs.

“It’s important for those in government to provide all the resources to law enforcement to do their job safely, effectively because this is not just something that crosses the border but it quickly spreads to cities and communities across the country,” he said.

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Asked what he would do as New York governor, Zeldin intimated that he will be supportive of all law enforcement as a means of dealing with rising crime in his home state.

“Support law enforcement not more and not less, reverse cashless bail, keep qualified immunity and active bill of rights for law enforcement that recognizes self-defense, that gives them the resources that they need to ensure that they are not unfairly targeted,” he said of problems that he says are responsible for rising crime rates in the Empire State.

“I’m hearing it from all across the state from people all walks of life they want to strengthen public safety in our state,” Zeldin added.