published : 2023-09-27
GOP Senators Criticize Biden Administration's Handling of Border Security, Plan to Add Extra Funds
Republican senators express frustration with Democrats' approach to the migrant crisis and propose additional border security funds
Republican senators held a press conference to voice their concerns about the Biden administration's handling of the migrant crisis at the southern border.
Senators Ted Cruz, Lindsey Graham, Marsha Blackburn, John Kennedy, Thom Tillis, Katie Britt, and John Cornyn expressed their frustration with the current situation and criticized the Democrats' response.
They accused the administration of covering up the problem and called Karine Jean-Pierre's statement about people not walking across the border 'bulls---.'
The senators also highlighted the need to address stranded migrant children, rising drug smuggling and human trafficking, and the impact of illegal immigration on cities like New York.
While the Senate's proposed deal does not include additional funding for border security, the House is pushing for the 'Secure the Border Act' to be included in the funding package.
The bill, which aims to strengthen border security measures and provide grants to law enforcement agencies, has so far received little interest from Democrats.
The White House has threatened to veto the legislation if it reaches President Biden's desk.
Senator Lindsey Graham emphasized the importance of strong border security and suggested that a supplemental funding package may be necessary in November if the appropriation bills cannot be passed.
He urged his Democratic colleagues to consider this as an opportunity to address the issue.
Senator Ted Cruz challenged Chuck Schumer, asking if he was willing to shut down the government to prevent efforts to secure the border.
Mitch McConnell, the Senate Minority Leader, stated that the priority is to keep the government open and ensure essential services such as air traffic control and border patrol continue to receive funding.
The House and Senate need to reach an agreement on funding the government by September 30 to avoid a partial government shutdown.