(The Center Square) – An Illinois state lawmaker is calling on the Biden administration to close the U.S. southern border after his trip to Texas.
Illinois has seen nearly 30,000 migrants arrive since August 2022, which has left many communities in need of help and several others refusing to take part in sheltering those arrivals. City and state taxpayer funds to deal with the crisis have totaled nearly $700 million in the past year.
State Rep. Brad Halbrook, R-Shelbyville, visited the border last week to see firsthand and explained what he saw.
“It was an eye-opening experience, to say the least,” Halbrook said. “I would advise everybody who is involved with policymaking to take a trip down there to see what the real story is because you get the truth when you are down there on the ground.”
Halbrook said the number of migrants crossing the border is staggering.
“This area is seeing