House Speaker Mike Johnson, R-La., has strongly criticized the Biden administration’s open border policies, accusing them of undermining the nation’s security. The criticism comes after Johnson’s discussion with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, who has been actively addressing the surge of illegal immigrants entering Texas from Mexico.
The tension between Abbott and Biden has escalated, with the governor deploying the Texas National Guard to install razor wire barriers along the Rio Grande River. The Supreme Court recently ruled in favor of Biden’s Customs and Border Patrol agents, allowing them to cut down the razor wire.
Additionally, the Biden administration is challenging a Texas law set to take effect on March 5, making illegal border crossings a state crime with penalties of up to 20 years in prison for repeat offenders. The law permits charges to be dropped if the individual agrees to return to Mexico. The administration contends that border security is the sole responsibility of the federal government.
Johnson emphasized the dual responsibility of the federal government and the state of Texas under the U.S. Constitution to protect the health and safety of the people. He stated that President Biden and his administration have undermined security, resulting in an ongoing crisis along the southern border.
While advocating for the federal government to fulfill its duties, Johnson expressed the expectation that the Biden administration would not interfere with Texas carrying out its responsibilities. He recently communicated to the House Republican Conference that any bipartisan Senate deal involving Ukraine aid and southern border policy would face strong opposition in the House if it encouraged illegal immigration.
Johnson reiterated his support for Gov. Abbott’s efforts to protect citizens and emphasized that House Republicans would vigorously oppose any policy proposals that further incentivize illegal immigration.