Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Elise Stefanik issued the following statement on the Clinton County Sheriff, Democrat David Favro’s testimony regarding the Biden Administration’s reckless border security and immigration policies that allow criminals and cartels to thrive across the Northern Border at yesterday’s hearing at the House Homeland Security’s Subcommittee on Emergency Management and Technology.

“I’m grateful for Clinton County Sheriff David Favro’s testimony highlighting the disastrous Biden policies that have led to a surge of dangerous illegal immigration at our Northern Border. This surge of illegal immigration and dangerous cartel activity threatens our national security and the safety of Upstate and North Country New Yorkers,” said Congresswoman Elise Stefanik. “Our law enforcement officers protecting the hardworking families in Upstate New York and the North Country are spread thin. Joe Biden and Kathy Hochul must immediately address this surge of illegal immigration right here in our district.”

In September 2023, Congresswoman Stefanik voted to pass the FY24 Homeland Security Appropriations Act through the House which included language to provide the Northern Border with adequate staffing and more resources to secure the border. In July 2023, Stefanik co-led a letter to Customs and Border Protection (CBP) urging CBP to resolve the staffing shortage at the Northern Border. In March 2023, Stefanik waived onto a House Homeland Security hearing to question a witness from the Future Borders Coalition about the crisis at Northern Border. In February 2023, Stefanik released a statement citing a report that found there had been an 846% increase in illegal Northern Border crossings since the previous year and more illegal crossings in January 2023 than the previous 12 Januarys.