The Week Republicans Got Serious at the Border
Republicans are upping the ante with more aggressive and urgent messaging on the border crisis less than five months out from the midterm elections.
State leaders and lawmakers in Congress have torn into President Joe Biden for his handling of the U.S.-Mexico border crisis for nearly a year and a half, but they amplified their concerns this week, bringing their border solutions front and center as a plethora of other concerns — inflation, Ukraine, and abortion — fight for the attention of voters.
“From my perspective, it’s been a big issue. And it will continue to be one with all the folks coming across,” said Brendan Steinhauser, a veteran GOP operative who led successful campaigns for Sen. John Cornyn and Rep. Dan Crenshaw of Texas. “Just the sheer numbers, the volume, I think that’s what’s driving a lot of this because Gov. Abbott, congressman Chip Roy, and others are saying the federal government continues not to do anything.”
Roy debuted a plan on Monday to address “loopholes” in immigration law that he argued allow noncitizens to cross the border illegally, then get released into the United States, leading more people to come knowing they may not be deported. More than any policy, Roy said the Republican Party needs t …