[Congressional Record Volume 169, Number 17 (Thursday, January 26, 2023)]
[Pages H341-H342]
From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]


  The SPEAKER pro tempore. The Chair recognizes the gentleman from 
Virginia (Mr. Cline) for 5 minutes.
  Mr. CLINE. Madam Speaker, another month and another record, as the 
crisis at our southern border has gotten worse.
  Under President Biden and Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas' 
watch, the Federal Government has completely ceded control of our 
border to Mexican drug cartels. Yet, time and time again, Secretary 
Mayorkas has repeatedly claimed that the border is secure. Well, the 
facts tell a different story.
  Late last Friday, CBP reported that December 2022 had the highest 
number of illegal crossings at our southern border ever recorded--over 
251,000 illegal migrant encounters in just 1 month.
  In fiscal year 2022, we saw a record-breaking 98 people on the 
terrorist watch list attempt to cross the border. Since October, we are 
already on track to break that number, with 38 people caught trying to 
illegally come into the interior of our country.
  How many more suspected terrorists have to cross over the border for 
this administration to take the crisis seriously?
  CBP seized over 9,000 pounds of deadly fentanyl that the cartels 
attempted to smuggle across our border. That is enough to kill over 2 
billion innocent lives.
  Madam Speaker, it is far past time that we hold the Biden 
administration accountable for its complete dereliction of duty to 
secure our borders. That is why I am glad that, next week, Chairman 
Jordan and the House Judiciary Committee will be holding the first of 
many hearings on this crisis.
  Secretary Mayorkas has completely abused his authority and ignored 
the United States' immigration laws. Questions are coming. I hope the 
Secretary clears his calendar because we have a lot, and I look forward 
to getting answers to those questions.

          Congratulating Riverheads High School Football Team

  Mr. CLINE. Madam Speaker, I rise to recognize Augusta County's own 
Riverheads High School football team for winning the Virginia Class 1 
State football championship this year. This was the Gladiators' 10th 
State title in the program's history.
  A 21-7 halftime lead helped propel the team to a resounding 49-27 
victory over George Wythe High School. Riverheads has now won a notable 
seven consecutive State titles, and junior running back Cayden Cook-
Cash, who led the team with 282 rushing yards, said: ``People had 
doubted us. . . . I think we proved them wrong.'' Cayden and his 
teammates sure did that.
  The Riverheads running game had been strong all season, which allowed 
the Gladiators to catch the George Wythe Maroons off guard with an 
impressive seven touchdowns, culminating in an all-around unstoppable 
  When asked how it felt to take home the title once more, Head Coach 
Ray Norcross said: ``Our kids played hard and played well, and we did 
enough to win.''
  Indeed, every State championship is earned, not given, and this squad 
certainly earned it, finishing out the season with a 12-1 record.

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  Congratulations to all the Riverheads players, coaches, staff, and 
fans on this incredible accomplishment.