Biden and Democrats House Speaker Mike Johnson, R-La., led a delegation of more than 60 House Republicans to Eagle Pass, Texas, intensifying pressure on the White House and Democrats over the ongoing migrant crisis at the southern border.
Blaming Biden and Democrats
Addressing the media in Eagle Pass, Johnson laid blame on President Joe Biden and congressional Democrats for the surge in migrant crossings. He used the opportunity to advocate for the adoption of Republicans’ stringent border and immigration policy proposals.
Designating the Situation as a Disaster
Describing the situation as a “disaster of the president’s own design,” Johnson accused the administration of inadequately safeguarding the border. He emphasized the significance of passing the GOP’s border policy bill, H.R. 2, as a crucial measure to address the border crisis.
White House Response and Counteraccusations
In response, the White House criticized the Republican visit, shifting blame back to House Republicans. They urged Republicans to consider President Biden’s proposed immigration reform policies, including additional border security and foreign aid.
Ongoing Dispute and Presidential Authority: Biden and Democrats
The tour followed Johnson’s recent letter to the president, urging immediate executive action to address border issues. The White House disputed these claims, emphasizing President Biden’s authority under existing federal law and dismissing the need for new legislation.
Impeachment Proceedings and GOP Criticism
Highlighting their focus on the border crisis in the new year, House Republicans plan to initiate formal impeachment proceedings against Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. Mayorkas has been a target of GOP criticism for the increase in migrant crossings.
Department of Homeland Security’s Response: Biden and Democrats
The Department of Homeland Security dismissed the impeachment efforts as a “baseless political exercise” and a distraction from critical national security priorities.
Comprehensive Visit and Support for Texas Governor
During their visit, House Republicans received briefings from U.S. Customs and Border Protection, met with local law enforcement, and discussed the issue with officials in the area. They expressed support for Texas Governor Greg Abbott and commended his actions on the border.
Unity Among House Republicans and Senate Negotiations
Texas Republican Rep. Tony Gonzales, who joined the delegation, emphasized unity among House Republicans in prioritizing border security. The visit coincided with Senate negotiators attempting to link border policy changes with foreign aid assistance to allies.
Pushing for Legislation in Senate Negotiations: Biden and Democrats
Johnson and GOP lawmakers advocated for incorporating key provisions of H.R. 2 into any final package resulting from Senate negotiations, underscoring the urgency to act on the House GOP’s position.