Senate Republicans focus on border crossings
Senate Republicans stepping up focus on southern border crossings and President BidenJoe BidenTrump Says He’s Not Interested In Being President If GOP Takes Over House Biden Administration Boosts Support For Antitrust Efforts Energy & Environment – Oil Companies Rebuff House Speaker MOREof the situation ahead of the 2022 midterm elections.
Several memos have been distributed to each Republican office in the Senate by the Senate Republican Conference, which cites numbers and messages about US border encounters and blames Biden and his administration for their handling of US border security, according to reports. memos that were obtained by Politico Playbook.
The memos say that “President Biden undermined US border security” and that the president “created the border crisis,” encouraging Republicans to use those talking points.
The topic of the southern border crossings should become a top priority for Republican senators heading into midterms, Politico Playbook noted.
The media also noted that a group of Republican senators, led by the senator. John CornyJohn CornynBipartisan group of senators seek clarification on defense assistance provided to Ukraine Conclusion GOP shoots down Thomas’s recusal as scrutiny grows MORE (Texas), will meet to discuss what they see as a lack of funding to tackle the issue and what they see as the president’s weakness on the subject.
A spokesperson for Cornyn confirmed to The Hill that the senator will lead a Senate Republican press conference on the southern border and the possibility of the Biden administration ending Title 42.
The spokesperson also referred The Hill to previous remarks Cornyn made earlier this month on “Sunday Morning Futures,” in which he said the Biden administration was “sending a signal that the border is open and that anyone who wants to come to Texas or the United States is free to do so.
The development comes as encounters at the southern border jumped between January and February, from more than 154,000 in January to more than 164,000 in February, according to Customs and Border Protection (CBP) figures.
Officials already predict those numbers could climb in the coming weeks, especially if Title 42 — a Trump-era policy that allowed migrants to be turned back at the border and barred from seeking asylum — is dropped. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention eliminated part of the policy earlier this month.
The Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday outlined some of the steps it would take for an anticipated increase in border encounters.
“There are additional temporary facilities being built at the moment. Some of them will be online at the beginning of April. This will bring the holding capacity to additional places. We are also contracting for additional buses to provide transportation resources, as well as additional air resources and personnel,” an official said.
The Hill has contacted the Senate Republican Conference for comment.