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Congressional Candidate Margarita Wilkinson Calls for Security at Southern Border Amid Worsening Migrant Crisis

“The crisis at our border must not be allowed to continue in order to protect American citizens,” said Wilkinson, candidate for CA CD-49.

By every metric, the U.S. faces the worst border crisis in its history. In California’s 49th Congressional District, candidate Margarita Wilkinson positions herself to pull ahead of a crowded field by taking a firm, public stance against the Biden administration’s failed immigration policies and by making increased national security her foremost political priority.

In a hearing last week titled The Biden Administration’s Regulatory and Policymaking Efforts to Undermine U.S. Immigration Law, the House Committee on Oversight and Accountability outlined how President Biden and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas have compromised border security by abandoning deterrent-focused immigration policies.

Despite this, Biden’s allies like Rep. Mike Levin (CA CD-49) refuse to condemn the administration’s failed immigration policies. Last month, Levin voted in lockstep with his Party against the Protecting our Communities from Failure to Secure the Border Act. This constituted a vote in favor of allowing the government to house illegal immigrants in national parks, forests and public lands. 

In contrast, Wilkinson has in numerous public appearances and broadcasts spoken about the dangers of an open border and the failures of the current administration. 

“This is a very important issue,” says Wilkinson in one such appearance. “We must secure and protect our borders, enforce the laws, and take strict measures against those who pose a threat to our society and our security in our country.”

Similarly, the Issues page of her campaign website leads with National Security, Starting With Border Security. “As your Congresswoman, securing our border and curbing gang violence, crime, and the flow of drugs is my top priority,” Wilkinson writes. “I will work to end asylum loopholes and make it clear that any path to our great nation must be a legal one.”

Wilkinson appears to be demonstrating an understanding of her constituents’ concerns given the 49th Congressional District’s proximity to the southern border. Though it does not share a border with Mexico, its southern end is only 30 miles from the San Ysidro Port of Entry.

As it was in 2016, immigration will undoubtedly be a top-of-mind issue for voters in November. Congressional candidates, especially those in southern California, would do well to follow Wilkinson’s example.

“It’s time to stop talking and do the work to secure our border,” writes Wilkinson. “Too much is at stake.” 


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