Our Border Crisis

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Our Border Crisis

Deadly Consequences of Our Border Crisis 

This documentary tells the heartbreaking story of Maria Alvarez and her 7-year-old granddaughter Emilia Tambunga, who were killed in Texas when a human smuggler smashed into their car. The driver was an American citizen working for a Mexican cartel that recruited him on TikTok. Unfortunately, this devastating story is one of many that show the deadly consequences of this administration’s refusal to secure the border and the growing power of criminal gangs in the United States.


The federal government’s chief priority is ensuring the safety and security of the American people. As lawmakers debate funding priorities, they should think of Maria and Emilia—and honor their memory by ending the crisis that took their lives. Congress must address the border crisis before spending another dime from taxpayers. 

As the lawless situation at our southern border has turned from crisis to catastrophe, deadly consequences have been felt across the country. Illegal immigration has taken lives, pushed fentanyl into communities in every state, and enriched cartels that traffic human lives.

  • At least 3.4 million illegal immigrants have been allowed in or evaded authorities under President Biden—that’s more than the population of 20 states.
  • Fentanyl, the vast majority of which comes in through the southern border, is now the leading cause of death for Americans aged 18–45. 
  • As Congress approaches a Sept. 30 funding deadline, House conservatives have demanded that H.R. 2—the Secure the Border Act —be attached to the CR as a requirement to earn their vote and prevent a shutdown.
  • H.R. 2 would fulfill promises made to the American people on delivering solutions to a self-inflicted crisis that harms not just cities and states along the border, but every city and state around the country. 
  • Congress should not pass another dime of funding until the border is secure—and Americans are safe.