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Republicans Smartly Push Border Issue Ahead of Midterms

AMAC Exclusive – By Seamus Brennan

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Last week, Republican Governors Greg Abbott of Texas and Ron DeSantis of Florida finally forced elected Democrats and the mainstream media to face the consequences of the rapidly worsening crisis at the southern border by dropping off illegal migrants literally right on the doorstep of Vice President Kamala Harris (Biden’s “border czar”) and the homes of Democratic elites in Martha’s Vineyard. For months, the left has largely ignored the disastrous consequences of liberal border policies, while Republicans have had only mixed success at forcing Democrats to answer for their failures. Now, as momentum on illegal immigration turns in Republicans’ favor and voters are tuned into the issue, the GOP needs concrete solutions and specific policy measures to message to voters about how Republicans will halt the unprecedented influx of illegal aliens.

With the midterm campaign season in full swing, one would be hard-pressed to find a Republican stump speech, political advertisement, or online campaign platform without at least some reference to the crisis along the U.S.-Mexico border. Candidates’ campaign websites, for instance, are often littered with promises of “securing our borders,” “enforc[ing] our laws,” and finding “a real solution” to the border crisis. But what these promises often lack are details about how candidates aim to follow through once elected.

For most Americans, the unprecedented nature of the illegal immigration crisis in 2021 and 2022 is more than enough to warrant a serious policy response. In 2021 alone, U.S. Border Patrol encountered nearly two million illegal aliens—the most in recorded history (and that only includes those who were apprehended by border officials). Between April and August of last year, illegal border encounters rose by 945 percent, 674 percent, 471 percent, 413 percent, and 319 percent, respectively, compared to the same months in 2020.

Under Biden, arrests of illegal alien drug smugglers also increased by 453 percent, while arrests of illegal alien sex offenders rose 212 percent. Perhaps most alarmingly of all, with Biden in office, Border Patrol arrests of illegal alien murderers skyrocketed more than 1,900 percent. While that may sound like good news, it means that many more such offenders likely escaped undetected and that the victims of those who were caught still had to suffer the consequences of their crimes.

As of last month, the number of illegal immigrants apprehended along the border has already surpassed last year’s figure—and is on track to reach two million in a matter of weeks.

But the Biden border catastrophe does not end there: in the months since Biden took office, unprecedented amounts of lethal drugs—including fentanyl and methamphetamine—have been detected by Border Patrol. 11,000 pounds of fentanyl, for instance, were seized in fiscal year 2021, which is more than double the amount detected the previous year. Moreover, Biden’s policies have prompted the largest number of unaccompanied minors crossing the southern border in history, many of whom are under the control of human traffickers, child smugglers, and violent gangs.

These sobering statistics should mean that self-described conservative candidates make addressing the border crisis a top issue for their campaign and have specific policy prescriptions ready to implement on day one if they are elected. To be sure, some Republicans have offered a handful of concrete solutions to combat the surge of illegal immigrants—including completing construction of the border wall, reinstating Trump-era immigration policies like “Remain in Mexico,” more vigorously deporting illegal border crossers, and asylum reform. But even those candidates who do offer specific policies generally fail to do so with the sense of urgency and resolve the American people deserve.

Republican congressional candidates should, for instance, make clear if they are willing to shut down the U.S. government and hold the federal budget hostage until concrete border security measures are included. Come 2023, Republicans in Congress should also be prepared to block any component of the Biden legislative agenda from passing without first forcing the White House to address the border catastrophe. Unfortunately for many voters, the answers to these questions—and others like them—remain unknown.

In late August, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre made headlines for seeming to deny the existence of the border crisis, telling a reporter that, in her words, “It’s not like someone walks over [the border].” Vice President Kamala Harris has similarly claimed that “the border is secure,” despite never actually having been there herself. But although most Republicans are aware that a crisis does, in fact, exist, there are far too many Republicans whose tone differs little from that of Jean-Pierre’s head-in-the-clouds denialism—other than the occasional buzzword or brief acknowledgment that something must be done. It is solutions, not perpetual slogans or even transporting migrants to liberal enclaves, that will ultimately prove Republicans are serious about securing the border and restoring American sovereignty.

Public survey data shows that voters are eager for just such a message. A recent NPR poll found that the majority of Americans believe there is an “invasion” occurring along the southern border. As such, as long Republicans continue to avoid presenting substantive plans to the American people, there is no reason to believe their constituents will reward them at the polls this fall. Republicans should not be timid. Despite what the mainstream media might lead conservatives to believe, American voters are on their side.

If the GOP is serious about its intention to take back control of both chambers of Congress this November, it should start offering a bold, concrete, and achievable vision to its voters—and soon.


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Cam L S
2 months ago

First, there are issues that GOP must address with plausible measures that they are going to take to reach tangible results. Secondly, GOP should have concrete plans itemizing obtainable goals that will have a positive impact on all Americans by addressing inflation or eventually recession, open borders resulting in fentanyl and other crimes, pseudo racism that liberal are using to divide us, and holding Big Techs and MSM accountable for bridging our First and Second Amendments. Third, making sure federal entities hold true to our Constitution and stop working to advance one party propaganda against the other party, especially having the Dems to corrupt our institutions by being bias.

Guy LaVake
2 months ago

50 well placed illegals did more good than one and a half years of telling your Government that their actions are hurting their citizens!!!

Don Berrian
2 months ago

The solution to refugees is to build refugee camps where they can be held until it is safe for them to return to their country of origin. That is what international law requires. The US did that after a revolution and civil violence led to people fleeing Haiti in boats. There is no requirement of the host nation to accept refugees as immigrants because most countries would not take them in at all in that case. The Biden administration has effectively invited the population of the world to move here and they will, since our standard of living is among the highest in the world. We can’t handle ten times our current population.

Hal
2 months ago
Reply to  Don Berrian

Good idea, except the DemocRat Party would make exceptions as long as the refugee supports the DemocRat Party, in illegal ways as well as legal ways.

Kim frank Evans
2 months ago

Every president has been blamed for a border crisis. Immigration policy cannot be based on new executive orders every4-8 years. this is congress’ border crisis. No meaningful immigration action has been undertaken in congress since Reagan’s days and he made the whole thing worse by destabilizing central and south america with his drug enterprise featuring noriega and oliver north. No outrage over europeans wanting in I see.

Don Berrian
2 months ago

There is nothing wrong with our immigration laws except for a lack of enforcement. We bring in a million people annually and train them for citizenship with little fuss. The problem is our failure to throw out those that enter illegally, although the IRS knows perfectly well where they work because they use fake or stolen documents.

CHarlette
2 months ago

Venezuela is emptying their prisons, send all these vile criminals to cross over into the US, through our open borders. This country will never be safe again!

Sam
2 months ago

Past time to act but a real good move! We definitely need to take our country back!

Kim
2 months ago

The numbers are staggering. I was unaware of the 1900% increase in murderers crossing the border under the biden administration…“coming to a town near you!”

I briefly switched to the local NPR station a couple of days ago just to hear what they’re saying. One of the commentators, speaking on immigration, referred to those crashing the border as “legal immigrants”! No one said a word!! And, being NPR, there was no opposing opinion. Their public funding should be withdrawn.

Charleen Kras
2 months ago
Reply to  Kim

Yes, NPR is a hoax or wolf in sheep’s clothing. People think they’re hearing truth when in essence it’s just more propaganda. People are foolish and too lazy to search for the truth. Watch and See!

Larkenson
2 months ago

ASIA FOR THE ASIANS, AFRICA FOR THE AFRICANS, WHITE COUNTRIES FOR EVERYBODY!
Anti-Whites claim that “Diversity is our greatest strength”
For whom??
For the anti-White tyranny trying desperately to destroy White people and our Children.
Clearly
“Diversity” is a code word for White Genocide.

cupera1
2 months ago

Martha’s Vineyard set a beautiful example for the nation. They used the military to deport every last illegal migrant from their island in less than 48 hours. The entire nation should emulate Martha’s Vineyard.

Kim frank Evans
2 months ago
Reply to  cupera1

None of the bussed people are in this country illegally. They have been processed and are awaiting their day in immigration court. The bussed will now have to collected up and transported back to TX at additional expense. The bussed were taken from an island to the mainland as facilities were more available there for the comfort and care they deserve after being tricked.

Cynical American
2 months ago

They should send them to your neighborhood while they awaiting their court hearings – aren’t you a compassionate liberal?

MDWC
2 months ago

Under the Biden Administration, nearly 4,000,000 people have entered the country in violation of our laws. Just because they are given a date for a hearing does not mean they are here legally. They entered in violation of our law; they remain here because this administration wants them to, not because they have any legal standing. These people are not refugees fleeing from war and persecution. They were not tricked. They were fully aware of where they were choosing to go. And why is the left so up in arms over this when for well over a year the Biden Administration has been transporting thousands of those here illegally on flights in the middle of the night to Florida, New York, and other places.

Many of them may want to better their economic situation. But that does not mean we have an obligation to allow entry to anyone who desires. A nation has a right to control its own border, which this administration is not even attempting to do – this administration is ideologically committed to an open border. Immigration policy should first and foremost prioritize what is of benefit to OUR nation. All who enter via LEGAL immigration – whether in pursuit of citizenship or long-term legal residency – should be committed to our constitutional structure as a representative republic. A nation has a right to protect itself against threats to its fundamental structures and national culture. (and don’t misinterpret that as a statement about race or nationality) When I say “culture,” I am referring to a culture that values entrepreneurialism, self-reliance, market-based economic structures, constitutionally limited republican (representative) government and individual freedoms, Our nation should not absorb millions of people who are not committed to the fundamentals of our nation. The Biden Administration and all who support this policy are intentionally inflicting harm on our nation and on thousands of those they claim to be “welcoming.”

It is these policies which are manipulating and encouraging people into coming here; often at great personal risk and peril. Many of these people are being taken advantage of by drug cartels and human traffickers – countless numbers of them are victims of violent crime including assault and rape. Hundreds have died in transit. You want to talk about misleading. There is no way our Immigration and Customs Enforcement can manage this situation, as much as they are putting forth valiant efforts to do so. In addition, many of these who enter illegally are flooding our country with opioids and other drugs that are wreaking havoc on our own people; dozens of others have ties to terrorist organizations.

I wish that those in such leftist enclaves that are isolated from the border issues – would come – through these actions – to comprehend the overwhelming difficulties our own fellow citizens at the border are struggling with, the serious national security risks, and the harm being inflicted on the very people they claim to be helping.

Nick Patriot
2 months ago

You are a communist. Any one who would say what you stated is one. You have revealed yourself.

GTPATRIOT
2 months ago

This is the key winner, along with inflation, of this election. PLEASE, Govs Desantis and Abbott, keep sending those busloads of illegals on their way to NY, DC, Chicago, SF, and even Canada.

George
2 months ago

Try to go to ANY other Country ! Do you think any other Country is going to give you a date to show up for a hearing and then turn you loose into their Country ? Put you up in a Hotel, give you food, medical care, clothing, a job, housing, educate your kids, etc on their CITIZENS dime. Only in America ????

cfmmax
2 months ago
Reply to  George

Democrat or Republican it’s all done to undermine the American worker.

Jeanine
2 months ago

A very very large percentage of the American public have Never been to the southern border. Likewise, a very very large percentage of the American politicians have Never been to the southern border.
About 35-40 years ago I lived in Mexico for a few years. I entered Mexico by both means of flying and by driving over the border…at multiple sites in California and Arizona. There was a problem 3 or 4 decades ago and I know the problem in much much worse now. When I was living in Mexico I had to obtain validations and permits from government security agencies and consulates of Both Countries. It was a lot of work. But Mexico is not my nation and they deserved my compliance. I also paid significantly to learn the language, and continually spoke to obtain fluency, which is something that I would expect from anyone relocating to a different country (not necessarily to pay, but to ar least attempt to learn).
Back to my point of this post: Because so very few have even Seen or Experienced southern border crossing, that majority should not be voicing Any Opinion regarding said illegal migration. “Seeing is believing” would not normally be the necessary case in all political matters. But in this case, because so so many are so so clueless, it may be necessary to actually, fully, completely experience crossing the southern border.

mark
2 months ago

All i have to say is its about damn time , the Republican party better get off they’re asses and start talking to the country about what they want to change and do for the people of this great nation , and its up to ,,WE THE PEOPLE ,, to do the same in Nov. and go vote like the candidate or not ,,, VOTE,, that person will sure be better than a Socialist DemocRAT,,

Kyle Buy you some guns,and learn how to shoot
2 months ago

Ship the whole bunch to the north east. Ny and Wash . has got tons of room for them. All you Libs can turn your Butt sideways and put on a happy face. Kyle L.

Myrna Wade
2 months ago

Governors of Florida and Texas have made decisive moves to bring the open border to the attention of more voters. This is action. Action is important. The campaigns should begin to propose action representatives and senators plan to take if elected. I see campaign ads criticizing opponents for what they have spent or personal history. Even past elections should not be the subject. We have major problems. Focus on what we should do about them.

mytake
2 months ago
Reply to  Myrna Wade

If all they can do is criticize their opponent or gossip about them, don’t vote for them. If they tell you what can be done about our problems and how they will accomplish something,vote for them. So much for the childish blame game too. Too much talk and not enough constructive action.

Veronica Sroka
2 months ago
Reply to  mytake

YES!

Marie Langley
2 months ago

This was a brilliant idea from Abbott and DeSantis. It forced the mainstream media to cover the story since they weren’t covering it at all before. Now the rest of America can see what’s really going on and expose Biden and Harris for who they really are, corrupt liars!
Vote Republican in November!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
RED=REMOVE EVERY DEMOCRAT

Paul Kruger
2 months ago
Reply to  Marie Langley

Too bad the corrupt MSM will spin it and make Abbott and Desantis the bad guys in this.

PIDL
2 months ago
Reply to  Paul Kruger

They are already doing it. I saw a news story today showing a sherriff who was filing a lawsuit against DeSantis for sending the illegals to Martha’s Vinyard. His comment is ” It is just wrong”!

Kim frank Evans
2 months ago
Reply to  PIDL

San Antonia is the county seat of Bexar Co. Nowhere near the border. 53 died in a truck abandoned there after getting through a border check point, somehow missing finding 53 people in there. The sheriff is facing threats for stating the obvious: TX and FL govs. are building political careers abusing innocents. This truck wasn’t searched so Abbott could score points while 53 people died.

Nick Patriot
2 months ago

Everybody’s fault but comrade obiden? Sorry fraulein. You are a communist.

Marie Langley
2 months ago
Reply to  Paul Kruger

Only the mentally disordered will believe it.

Jay
2 months ago

A few of the politicians are finally squawking NOW because it is near election time. This has been going on for a while now and we have no idea who and what has entered our country illegally. Stop blaming Byedone and blame who is responsible for allowing it, our politicians in our areas. They should of stood up in the very beginning and finished the wall and none of this would be going on now. So when you go and vote, make sure you vote the same complacent, non-caring, robbing us blind, idiots back into office. When we vote these criminals into office, they are supposed to be protecting our interests and working for the betterment of the folks whose district they represent. Wake up sheeple, not a one of them are worthy of our vote and our trust.

Ted Shepherd
2 months ago
Reply to  Jay

“should have stood up” indeed

Jerry
2 months ago

In my opinion the border is the number 1 issue and the economy number 2. Good article.

Beverlee Hilton
2 months ago
Reply to  Jerry

I agree.

pete
2 months ago
Reply to  Jerry

tie

PIDL
2 months ago
Reply to  Jerry

All of this border crap is a huge burden on the economy. But they will just print more money to pay for it.

Kim
2 months ago
Reply to  PIDL

“Print more money”? How about “steal as much as they please from us taxpayers”?!

teresa Ann d'alessandro
2 months ago

And they should! it’s for everyone’s safety! a disgrace, these dums

mytake
2 months ago

The Republicans had better show some courage and resolve. Talk doesn’t cut it if they don’t have the guts to show what they are doing and stop the blah blah blah. They should all follow the example of Gov. Abbott of Texas, Gov. DeSantis of Florida and Gov Ducey of Arizona and any others who stand up to TYRANY! If they are all talk and no action, vote them out. Stand against evil!

Paul Kruger
2 months ago
Reply to  mytake

Elections have consequences. Vote out all RINOs

Veronica Sroka
2 months ago
Reply to  Paul Kruger

YES!

Veronica Sroka
2 months ago
Reply to  mytake

YES!

cfmmax
2 months ago
Reply to  mytake

Please don’t forget: Republicans love cheap labor. In my opinion you don’t see much action on their part.

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