Republican Takes A Shot At Trump

Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

( – In a pointed critique on the House floor, Representative Chip Roy of Texas responded to Donald Trump’s assertion that the executive branch could single-handedly seal the southern U.S. border. This rebuke came in the wake of Trump’s social media statement, which coincided with the House Republicans’ dismissal of a bipartisan Senate bill aimed at bolstering border security. The argument posited by the House Republicans centered on the notion that President Biden should use executive powers to entirely halt migrant entry into the U.S.

Roy countered Trump’s suggestion, emphasizing that the responsibility for border security cannot simply be deferred to the executive with a blanket declaration of closure. He highlighted the influx of migrants during Trump’s tenure from 2017 to 2020, noting that despite Trump’s claims, the border was not sealed off during those years.

However, Roy acknowledged the efforts made by the Trump administration to enhance border security, albeit without achieving the complete shutdown Trump recently advocated. He praised the administration’s initiatives, including the implementation of policies that compelled Mexico to detain migrants under the Migrant Protection Protocols, which contributed to a reduction in border crossings.

The discourse around border security and executive power was further complicated by a surprising twist in the House, where an attempt to impeach Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas fell through. The motion failed partly due to unexpected votes from both Republican and Democratic representatives, sparking a debate over Mayorkas’s handling of border issues and the grounds for impeachment.

In the aftermath of this political jostling, Roy urged his Republican colleagues to maintain their focus on crafting and advocating for effective border security measures. He stressed the importance of unity within the party on this issue and the commitment to persistently champion border security, looking ahead to potential policy implementations in future legislative sessions and electoral cycles, with the hope of a Republican administration taking office.

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