Karine Jean-Pierre calls GOP leader Kevin McCarthy’s border trip a ‘political stunt’

‘The Republican Party has no plan’ Karine Jean-Pierre calls GOP leader Kevin McCarthy’s border trip a ‘political stunt’ and insists White House has a comprehensive immigration – and praises Homeland Security Secretary’s ‘leadership’

  • ‘McCarthy has no plan. The Republican Party has no plan. They do nothing except do political stunts,’ Jean-Pierre told reporters
  • ‘He goes down there and he does a political stunt, like many Republicans do, that we have seen them do, but he actually is not putting forth a plan’
  • Jean-Pierre said that Biden had put forth a comprehensive immigration plan on his ‘first day’ in the White House

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre insisted Republicans have ‘no plan’ to address immigration and engage only in ‘political stunts’ as GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy leads a delegation from Congress to the border in El Paso. 

‘McCarthy has no plan. The Republican Party has no plan. They do nothing except do political stunts,’ Jean-Pierre told reporters about the GOP-led trip in a news briefing Tuesday. 

‘He goes down there and he does a political stunt, like many Republicans do, that we have seen them do, but he actually is not putting forth a plan, a plan to help us, you know, deal with an issue that we’re all seeing that you all are reporting,’ she continued. 

Jean-Pierre said that Biden had put forth a comprehensive immigration plan on his ‘first day’ in the White House. 

She went on: ‘We’ve partnered with Mexico and Guatemala to tackle the criminal smuggling networks preying on immigrants. Those efforts have already resulted in 1000s of arrests because of the work that this President has done. He bought 20 leaders together to collaboratively manage the immigration challenge impacting the whole western hemisphere. And we’re stopping fentanyl before it even makes it to the streets of the United States. So we have a plan.’

'McCarthy has no plan. The Republican Party has no plan. They do nothing except do political stunts,' Jean-Pierre told reporters about the GOP-led trip in a news briefing

‘McCarthy has no plan. The Republican Party has no plan. They do nothing except do political stunts,’ Jean-Pierre told reporters about the GOP-led trip in a news briefing

Jean-Pierre said that Biden had put forth a comprehensive immigration plan on his 'first day' in the White House

Jean-Pierre said that Biden had put forth a comprehensive immigration plan on his ‘first day’ in the White House

On Jan. 20, 2021 Biden sent the never-passed Citizenship Act to Congress. The bill would have protected millions from being deported, established a pathway to citizenship for unlawful migrants in the U.S. and give more funding to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), among other priorities. 

On the accusation of having ‘no plan,’ McCarthy’s office pointed to a graphic they put together in April 2021. It listed out steps they wanted to take to stem the unlawful migration flow: finish the wall between the U.S. and Mexico, reinstate the ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy, bolster Title 42 Covid restrictions, require a negative Covid test before releasing migrants into the U.S.

McCarthy, along with Rep. Tony Gonzales, R-Texas, is leading a delegation to El Paso to ‘express gratitude’ to border patrol ahead of the holiday and participate in operational briefings. 

McCarthy has 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.  

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.’

Karla, 5, of Honduras, stands near family members 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,

Karla, 5, of Honduras, stands near family members 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,

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.

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