Republican Flip On Trump Over Southern Border

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( – Republican House member Chip Roy recently criticized former President Donald Trump’s immigration policies, suggesting they contributed to the current border crisis. This critique comes amidst a surge in illegal immigration across the U.S.-Mexico border, with U.S. Customs and Border Protection recording a significant increase in migrant encounters.

Roy, a supporter of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ presidential campaign, expressed these views on Neil Cavuto’s show on Fox Business Network. He argued that Republicans, including Trump, failed to effectively address border security and immigration policy. Specifically, Roy pointed out the shortcomings in the Trump administration’s approach to building the border wall and managing immigration.

In response to a comment by Cavuto about Trump’s stance on border issues, Roy acknowledged some agreement with Trump but remained critical of his overall immigration record. He accused Trump and Republican leaders like former Speaker Paul Ryan of failing to pass meaningful border security legislation in 2018 and not fulfilling promises related to the border wall construction.

Roy’s support for DeSantis is grounded in his belief that the Florida governor has delivered more effectively than any other politician he has seen. In contrast, Trump’s campaign spokesperson Steven Cheung dismissed Roy’s comments as an attempt by DeSantis and his supporters to distort history, given their diminishing prospects in the campaign.

Meanwhile, Trump remains focused on immigration in his 2024 campaign, promising to halt the southern border’s “invasion” and implement stringent measures such as ending birthright citizenship and deploying troops to the border.

In a related development, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton stated that Texas would not comply with a Biden administration order to stop blocking U.S. Border Patrol agents from certain border areas. This stance aligns with actions by Texas Governor Greg Abbott, who has been redirecting migrants to Democratic ‘sanctuary cities.’

The issue of immigration continues to be a contentious topic, as evidenced by the recent joint appeal from the Democratic mayors of New York, Denver, and Chicago for more federal assistance to manage the influx of migrants. With cities reaching their capacity, the debate over immigration policy remains a critical and divisive issue in American politics.

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