Republicans head to the border right after the midterms: GOP leader Kevin McCarthy warns Biden and Democrats they will use subpoena power to secure the border and accuse White House of ‘actively undermining’ immigration enforcement
- It’s the California Republican’s third trip to the southern border since President Biden took office
- It’s his first since he was nominated to be speaker for the next Congress by his Republican caucus
- The leader will be joined by Rep. Tony Gonzalez, who represents a Texas border district, and other members of Congress
- In a Dear Colleague letter to Republicans last week, McCarthy deemed the southern border the most important issue facing the new Congress
It’s the California Republican’s third trip to the southern border since President Biden took office and his first since he was nominated to be speaker for the next Congress by his Republican caucus.
McCarthy will have to persuade many of the 31 Republicans who voted against him, however, to change their minds come January to be elected by a full Congress.
The leader will be joined by Rep. Tony Gonzalez, who represents a Texas border district, and other members of Congress. The visit will include operational briefings from law enforcement and time spent ‘expressing gratitude’ to border agents, according to McCarthy’s office.
One week after House Republicans announced they would be investigating Joe Biden’s involvement in Hunter Biden’s international business dealings, McCarthy set his sights on the border after border agents saw a record 2.4 million official migrant encounters in fiscal year 2022, according to Customs and Border Patrol figures.
Just ahead of Thanksgiving a delegation of Republicans led by GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy will head to El Paso, Texas to visit the southern border and ‘express gratitude’ to border patrol
It’s the California Republican’s third trip to the southern border since President Biden took office and his first since he was nominated to be speaker for the next Congress by his Republican caucus
In a Dear Colleague letter to Republicans last week, McCarthy deemed the southern border the most important issue facing the new Congress.
‘Perhaps no issue demands more immediate and dedicated attention than our border security, which the Biden Administration has actively undermined for the past two years,’ he wrote.
The GOP leader threatened subpoenas and to hold up funding to address border security.
‘More importantly, I will be delivering a message to Joe Biden and Chuck Schumer that this new Republican majority will use every tool at our disposal in the next Congress— from the power of the purse to the power of the subpoena—to secure the border. This was explicitly laid out in our Commitment to America and I ask for your backing and resolve on this matter.’
Just ahead of the Nov. 8 election McCarthy told CNN his first order of business would be a border security bill.
‘The first thing you’ll see is a bill to control the border first,’ McCarthy said. ‘You’ve got to get control over the border. You’ve had almost 2 million people just this year alone coming across.’
McCarthy said his party had a ‘number of different ways’ to address the southern border, but emphasized they would not move on immigration reform until the flow of migrants at the border was stemmed.
‘I think ‘Stay in Mexico’ you have to have right off the bat,’ McCarthy said, referring to the Migrant Protection Protocols that require those claiming asylum to wait in Mexico until their claim makes its way through court. The Biden administration ended the policy back in August.
During McCarthy’s last visit to the border in April 2022, he left the door open to impeachment of Homeland Security Sec. Alejandro Mayorkas, a prospect a number of House Republicans have raised.
‘[A]t any time, if someone is derelict in their job, there is always the option of impeaching somebody,’ McCarthy said at the time. The leader has claimed he will not use impeachment for political purposes.
Venezuelan migrants communicate with their families and friends at the camp area in front of the US Border Patrol operations post across the Rio Bravo River in Mexico on November 14
Asylum-seeking migrants from Venezuela cross the Rio Bravo river to turn themselves in to U.S. Border Patrol agents to request asylum in El Paso, Texas on November 17
Youth migrants from Central and South America, traveling without adults, endure cold wet weather as they await to be registered by border patrol agents after being smuggled across the Rio Grande river from Mexico into Roma, Texas, U.S., November 18
Mayorkas was grilled last week by Republicans during a hearing before the Homeland Security Committee.
Rep. Jake LaTurner, R-Kansas, asked Mayorkas if he’d had any conversations with the president about stepping down from his role, which Mayorkas answered in the negative.
‘I hope for the sake of the safety of the American people that that conversation happens very soon,’ LaTurner said.
Mayorkas has defended the Biden administration’s pivot to more ‘humane’ border policy, which includes relaxed interior enforcement, ending of the ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy and the impending end of the Covid-era Title 42 restriction.