With the crisis on the southern border continuing to rage on, Republican presidential candidate Will Hurd is focusing his attention to the north.

Will Hurd first announced his bid for president last week during an interview with CBS News. He then released an announcement video calling former president and current Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump a “proven loser.”

Hurd claims to be a “common sense” Republican, saying he wants to boost the economy and job growth through artificial intelligence and wants an America that is “inclusive and understanding.” Hurd also said in his announcement video that he has fought in Congress to secure the border; however, during Trump’s presidency, he criticized Trump’s border wall.

Until 2020, Hurd represented Texas’ 23rd congressional district, which is one of the largest in the country and extends from South Texas border towns to San Antonio. Despite having represented border towns struggling with the massive influx of illegal aliens flooding the border, Hurd has decided to prioritize the border with Canada.

In a tweet on Tuesday, Hurd said that while there is a crisis on the southern border, the northern border is not getting the attention it deserves.

Based on numbers from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, there have been just over 115,000 encounters on the northern border in fiscal year 2023. In comparison, in the southern border border patrol has encountered over 1.6 million.

While the northern border does see more terrorist encounters, the southern border is where most of the deadly drug cartels infiltrate the United States. These cartels also use unaccompanied minors to gain easy access into the United States, due to the Biden administration ending all familial DNA testing at the border last month.

Just last year, U.S Border Patrol saw a record number of over 2.3 million encounters at the border, with many Texas ranchers along the southern border facing the brunt of it.

Emily Medeiros

Emily graduated from the University of Oklahoma majoring in Journalism. She is excited to use her research and writing skills to report on important issues around Texas.