Speaker Johnson Warns Biden

(RightIsRight.co) – House Speaker Mike Johnson criticized Joe Biden over plans to use executive action to tackle the U.S.-Mexico border crisis.

With Biden gearing up for re-election, he’s reportedly considering measures to limit asylum claims and toughen screenings. Johnson, a Republican from Louisiana, dismissed these moves as election year tactics that fail to address the root issues.

“Americans have lost faith in this President and won’t be fooled by election year gimmicks that don’t actually secure the border. Nor will they forget that the President created this catastrophe and, until now, has refused to use his executive power to fix it,” Johnson stated. He highlighted Biden’s consideration of Section 212(f) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, which allows the president to block entry to foreigners deemed harmful to U.S. interests, as evidence that Biden has not fully utilized his powers to secure the border.

Johnson had previously sent Biden a letter suggesting various actions, including ending catch-and-release, stopping parole authority exploitation, reviving asylum cooperation agreements with Mexico, increasing expedited removals, and continuing border wall construction.

“If these reports are true and the President intends to take action, he can show he’s serious by changing more than asylum policy. He should begin by reinstating the ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy and ending his administration’s abuse of the parole system, along with other critical reforms,” Johnson added.

White House spokesman Andrew Bates responded, criticizing Johnson for opposing bipartisan border security legislation and siding with interests contrary to the wellbeing of American families. Bates accused House Republicans of killing the strongest bipartisan border deal under Trump’s influence and urged Johnson and his colleagues to pass the bipartisan border security bill.

“The only consistent theme in Speaker Johnson’s wildly fluctuating excuses for opposing bipartisan border security legislation — and for continuing to side with fentanyl traffickers instead of the Border Patrol — is that he is playing politics with the wellbeing of American families,” Bates said, according to the media. He called on Johnson and House Republicans to return from their vacation and act on the border security bill.