Saturday, July 13, 2024

GOP Senators, Speaker Johnson Criticize Biden’s Immigration Executive Order as Election-Year Politics

by BIZ Magazine

In a fresh wave of criticism, leaders in the GOP have slammed President Joe Biden’s recent executive order aimed at increasing security at the southern border. Announced on Tuesday, the order is designed to limit the number of border crossings for immigrants seeking asylum in the U.S. However, Republicans argue that this move is too little too late and accuse the Biden administration of making the change solely to gain favor before the upcoming November elections.

Senate Republicans Respond

U.S. Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX), John Cornyn (R-TX), and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), among others, held a news conference on Tuesday to express their concerns. Senator Cruz emphasized that the U.S. has experienced the highest rate of illegal border crossings in its history during Biden’s presidency, with over 11 million immigrants crossing since January 2021. Cruz cited the recent incident involving Bernardo Raul Castro-Mata, a 19-year-old illegal immigrant from Venezuela who allegedly shot two New York police officers after being detained and released in Texas.

“It’s a little late, isn’t it, Mr President?” questioned Senator John Kennedy (R-LA), reflecting a common sentiment among his Republican colleagues. Senator Roger Marshall (R-KS) highlighted the increasing dangers posed by Mexican drug cartels and organized crime as a result of what he described as the administration’s lax border policies.

Election-Year Strategy?

The timing of the executive order has led many Republicans to view it as a strategic move to improve polling numbers ahead of the elections. “What the White House is doing today is playing a political game,” Cruz stated, while Cornyn labeled the executive action a “fig leaf” and “political cover.”

Speaker of the House Mike Johnson echoed these sentiments, describing Biden’s executive order as “window dressing” and accusing the administration of engineering the current border crisis from the start of Biden’s term. Johnson recalled Biden’s previous statement that he had done all he could regarding the border situation and contrasted it with the new executive order.

Broader Implications

Beyond immigration, Speaker Johnson addressed other legislative and oversight efforts by the House Republicans. He outlined a multi-faceted approach to addressing what he called the “sham trial” of former President Donald Trump and criticized the International Criminal Court (ICC) for its actions against Israeli leaders.

As the political discourse around border security continues, the GOP remains critical of the Biden administration’s strategies and timing. The debate underscores the broader national conversation about immigration policy and its impact on American society and politics.

Editor’s Note: This article is based on information from a press release by Speaker of the House Mike Johnson and a news report by Ireland Owens for The Center Square.

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