President Joe Biden asserted on Tuesday that he has exhausted all efforts to secure the U.S.-Mexico border without congressional assistance, as reported by the New York Post. However, House Speaker Mike Johnson, R-La., strongly disputed Biden’s claim, labeling it as “simply not true.”
Biden made these comments before departing the White House for Florida, where he was attending campaign fundraising events. “I’ve done all I can do. Just give me the power. I’ve asked from the very day I got into office,” he stated, emphasizing his plea for support in managing the border situation. “Give me the Border Patrol, give me the people, the judges — give me the people who can stop this and make it work right,” he added.
The president is actively seeking congressional backing for a bill that links enhanced border protections with additional military aid for Ukraine. However, this proposal faces resistance in the House, with Johnson declaring it “dead on arrival” in his chamber earlier this week.
Responding to Biden’s statements, Johnson challenged their accuracy on social media, stating, “That is simply untrue. He’s either lying or misinformed.” The House Speaker then outlined several authorities that he claims Biden could utilize immediately, including Presidential Authority to Restrict Entry 212(f), Expedited Removal 235(b)(1), Discretionary Detention Authority 236(a), and Mandatory Detention 236(c).
The context of Biden’s claim aligns with concerns from conservatives, particularly in the House, who fear that the proposed White House border security measures could exacerbate the challenges at the southern border. While bipartisan Senate discussions are ongoing, House members worry that the proposals may attract more migrants to an already overwhelmed border.
The debate highlights a divergence in perspectives, with some Republicans urging the administration to reinstate stricter border measures from the Trump era. The Biden administration halted the construction of the border wall and suspended the “Remain in Mexico” policy, both implemented during the Trump presidency.
House Republicans are even considering potential impeachment proceedings against Homeland Security chief Alejandro Mayorkas, accusing him of failing to enforce detention and other immigration laws. Johnson emphasized on Friday that any new restrictions in a potential Senate deal should not be ignored by Biden, urging the president to take immediate and meaningful action in good faith.