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House Republicans Hold Biden Admin Accountable For the Historic Border Crisis They Created

Yesterday, Leader Kevin McCarthy, Chairwoman Elise Stefanik, Republican Policy Committee Chairman Gary Palmer, and Reps. Tony Gonzales, Randy Weber, Michael Guest, Chip Roy, Marjorie Taylor Greene, Diana Harshbarger, and Blake Moore visited the border in order to see firsthand Biden’s historic border crisis.

This week’s visit comes on the heels of the tragic loss of Texas National Guardsman Spc. Bishop Evans, who drowned while courageously working to save migrants who were trying to cross the Rio Grande River illegally.

In addition to this week’s visit, House Oversight Committee Republicansvisited the southern border the previous week to shine a light on the crisis, including Ranking Member James Comer, and Reps. Andy Biggs, Pete Sessions, Glenn Grothman, Yvette Herrell, Byron Donalds, and Paul Gosar.

MAKE NO MISTAKE: Biden and House Democrats’ open border policies created this crisis.

BIDEN’S BORDER CRISIS BY THE NUMBERS:

  • The Biden administration plans to lift Title 42 on May 23rd, a decision that will only worsen Biden’s Border Crisis.
    • Yesterday, a federal judge temporarily blocked President Biden’s repeal of Title 42 next month in yet another judicial rebuke of the president’s radical Far-Left agenda.
  • According to new CBP data, there were 221,303 migrant encounters at our southern border in March.
    • That’s a new Biden-era high.
    • That is up 33% from February.
    • That is a 542% increase from 2020.
    • More than 7,000 migrants crossed the border per day, on average, in March.
    • March was the 13th straight month of encounters OVER 150,000.
    • Since Biden took office, OVER 2.4 MILLION illegal immigrants have been apprehended at our southern border.
  • These staggering numbers come as we learn that 42 people on the Terrorist Screening Database have been apprehended attempting to illegally enter the U.S. since Joe Biden was sworn in.
  • Last week, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki could not guarantee that none of the OVER 2,000 illegal immigrants a day who avoid CBP capture entering our southern border were on the terror watch list.
  • In March, more than 7,000 migrants crossed the border per day on average, sending overall border crossings past 220,000, the most in more than two decades. The Department of Homeland Security estimates that when Title 42 lifts, those numbers could climb to 12,000 to 18,000 crossers per day.
    • CBP’s March report came while Title 42 was still in effect.
  • In 2021, the Biden administration dropped deportations by roughly 68%.
  • In FY21, 11,201 pounds of illicit fentanyl were seized by Customs and Border Protection, which is enough to kill every American nearly seven times over.
    • Fentanyl border seizures increased by 134% in FY2021.
    • Now, the majority of America’s fentanyl that is flowing into our communities is being smuggled across the southern border from Mexico.
  • Border officials have estimated that nearly 400,000 illegal immigrants have escaped into the U.S. without being caught under Biden.

Biden Climate Advisor Doubles Down on Anti-Energy Agenda

As Americans feel record pain at the pump, White House climate advisor Gina McCarthy doubled down on the Biden administration’s radical Green New Deal agenda this week. When referencing the recent court ruling that forced the administration to resume new oil and gas leasing on federal lands, McCarthy said:

“President Biden remains absolutely committed to not moving forward with additional drilling on public lands.” 

DON’T BE FOOLED: This reluctant move by the Biden administration is clearly just a temporary concession that they intend to appeal, and their regulatory assault on domestic energy producers continues to hinder drilling and investment regardless of new leases. This administration remains committed to its Far-Left, anti-American energy agenda at the expense of American consumers.

BIDEN’S ENERGY CRISIS BY THE NUMBERS:

  • The national average for a gallon of gas is $4.12 as of Friday.
    • Gas prices under Biden’s failed leadership have been historic.
  • Crude oil is currently at $105.85.
  • Skyrocketing gas prices will now cost the average American household an extra $2,000 per year.

BIDEN’S ANTI-ENERGY AGENDA:

  • As this energy crisis surges, the Biden administration has continually passed the buck by blaming domestic energy producers:
    • The White House’s favorite lie has centered on a claim that “9,000” approved federal leases for production are going “unused.”
    • This false framing ignores the continued regulatory assault the administration has placed on domestic energy production along with the needed time to find oil on permitted land and the proper infrastructure to transport the oil.
  • On day one of Joe Biden’s presidency, he launched his war on American energy when he killed the Keystone XL pipeline, which could be supplying 830,000 thousand barrels of oil from Canada to U.S. refineries.
  • Recently, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed extensive new rules that would require companies to disclose “climate-related risks” in an attempt to push Democrats’ environmental agenda through the inappropriate vehicle of securities law. This is a blatant move to starve American energy companies of capital and to publicly shame businesses not politically favored by Democrats.
  • Biden has now announced the largest ever loan from our Strategic Petroleum Reserve of 180 million barrels of oil over six months. The SPR is meant for weather or national security emergencies, not political expediency.
    • Biden’s anti-energy is now jeopardizing our national security as he has now depleted our Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) by40%—a level not seen since 1984.
  • Biden has continued to beg dictators and other foreign adversaries for help easing prices.

  WHAT BIDEN SHOULD BE DOING: 

  1. End the federal freeze on oil and gas leases
  2. Fast-track pending LNG export permits
  3. Expedite approval of all pipeline and energy development
  4. Stop the regulatory assault on U.S. energy development and financing

42 Suspected Terrorists Have Been Apprehended at Our Southern Border Since Biden Took Office

Since Joe Biden took office and started implementing his radical open border policies, 42 people on the terrorist watchlist have been apprehended attempting to enter the United States through our southern border illegally.

Even more disturbing is that earlier this week, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki could not guarantee that none of the OVER 2,000 illegal immigrants a day who avoid U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) capture entering our southern border were on the terror watch list.

BIDEN’S BORDER CRISIS BY THE NUMBERS:

  • According to new CBP data, there were 221,303 migrant encounters at our southern border in March.
    • That’s a new Biden-era high.
    • That is up 33% from February.
    • That is a 542% increase from 2020.
    • More than 7,000 migrants crossed the border per day, on average, in March.
    • March was the 13th straight month of encounters OVER 150,000.
    • Since Biden took office, OVER 2.2 MILLION illegal immigrants have been apprehended at our southern border.
  • These staggering numbers come as we learn that 42 people on the Terrorist Screening Database have been apprehended attempting to illegally cross our southern border since Joe Biden was sworn in.
    • According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection data nearly halfof these apprehensions have taken place in just the first months of 2022.
  • White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki could not guarantee that none of the OVER 2,000 illegal immigrants a day who avoid CBP capture entering our southern border were on the terror watch list during a recent press briefing.
  • CBP’s March report came while Title 42 was still in effect.
  • The Biden administration plans to lift Title 42 on May 23, a decision that will only worsen Biden’s Border Crisis.
    • In March, more than 7,000 migrants crossed the border per day on average, sending overall border crossings past 220,000, the most in more than two decades. The Department of Homeland Securityestimates that when Title 42 lifts, those numbers could climb to 12,000 to 18,000 crossers per day.
  • In 2021, the Biden administration dropped deportations by roughly 68%.
  • In FY21, 11,201 pounds of illicit fentanyl were seized by Customs and Border Protection, which is enough to kill every American nearly seven times over.
    • Fentanyl border seizures increased by 134% in FY2021.
    • Now, the majority of America’s fentanyl that is flowing into our communities is being smuggled across the southern border from Mexico.
  • Border officials have estimated that nearly 400,000 illegal immigrantshave escaped into the U.S. without being caught under Biden.

March Was The Worst Month Of Biden’s Historic Border Crisis

Joe Biden’s Border Crisis is only worsening with no end in sight.

According to new U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) data, there were 221,303 migrant encounters at our southern border in March, up 33% from February, and up a staggering 542% from 2020. This is the worst March in over two decades, and Biden’s Border Crisis is only expected to worsen following Biden’s decision to lift Title 42 in May.

BIDEN’S BORDER CRISIS BY THE NUMBERS:

  • According to new U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) data, there were 221,303 migrant encounters at our southern border in March.
    • That’s a new Biden-era high.
    • That is up 33% from February.
    • That is a 542% increase from 2020.
    • More than 7,000 migrants crossed the border per day, on average, in March.
    • March was the 13th straight month of encounters OVER 150,000.
    • Since Biden took office, OVER 2.2 MILLION illegal immigrants have been apprehended at our southern border.
  • These staggering numbers come just days after we learned that 23 people on the terrorist watch list were caught trying to enter America undetected through our southern border.
  • On Monday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki could not guarantee that none of the OVER 2,000 illegal immigrants a day who avoid CBP capture entering our southern border were on the terror watch list.
  • CBP’s March report came while Title 42 was still in effect.
  • The Biden administration plans to lift Title 42 on May 23, a decision that will only worsen Biden’s Border Crisis.
    • In March, more than 7,000 migrants crossed the border per day on average, sending overall border crossings past 220,000, the most in more than two decades. The Department of Homeland Securityestimates that when Title 42 lifts, those numbers could climb to 12,000 to 18,000 crossers per day.
  • In 2021, the Biden administration dropped deportations by roughly 68%.
  • In FY21, 11,201 pounds of illicit fentanyl were seized by Customs and Border Protection, which is enough to kill every American nearly seven times over.
    • Fentanyl border seizures increased by 134% in FY2021.
    • Now, the majority of America’s fentanyl that is flowing into our communities is being smuggled across the southern border from Mexico.
  • Border officials have estimated that nearly 400,000 illegal immigrantshave escaped into the U.S. without being caught under Biden.

IT’S SIMPLE:  Border security is national security, and under Biden, we have neither. Instead of securing our southern border and protecting our communities, Biden is actively working to end Trump-era policies that did just that in another desperate attempt to apiece the woke mob that has overtaken the Democrat Party.

Biden Goes After Law-Abiding Firearms Owners Rather Than Combating Violent Crime

As crime continues to skyrocket in cities across the country due to the Defund the Police movement and Far-Left policies, President Biden has chosen to attack law-abiding Americans exercising their Second Amendment right. The targeting of so-called “ghost guns” will only make our communities worse off. A ban on privately made firearms will allow the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) to expand their definition of a firearm and subject many law-abiding firearm owners to more burdensome regulations and duplicative background checks. These efforts will not prevent criminals from breaking the law.

“GHOST GUNS” AND THE NEW DOJ RULE:

  • “Ghost guns” is a term intended to conjure up images of an uncontrollable firearms but in reality, it is nothing more than a firearm a private citizen legally assembled with individual parts or kits for his or her own use.
  • Despite President Biden’s claims that they are a weapon of choice for violent criminals, these firearms were used in less than 0.36% of homicides between 2016 and 2020.
  • These firearms are predominantly a hobbyist option and require more time, tooling, and dedication to craftsmanship than most criminals are willing to invest. Criminals scratch out the serial numbers, they don’t take the time to build a gun and take it to a gun store to have a serial number engraved on it.
  • According to the White House, the Department of Justice rule will:
    • Ban the business of manufacturing most privately made firearms without serial numbers or background checks,
    • Redefine ‘buy build shoot’ kits, and various parts, as firearms to expand ATF regulations, and
    • Add additional barriers for Federal Firearm Licensees (FFLs), or gun stores, to resell privately made firearms.
  • Additionally, Biden announced new requirements for FFLs to expand their record-keeping and retain records beyond the current 20-year standard. This new rule establishes a federal firearm registry by forcing FFLs to keep all firearm records until the end of licensed activity.

ITS SIMPLE: Rather than weaponizing the ATF to violate the Second Amendment right of law-abiding Americans, President Biden and House Democrats should start enforcing the laws we already have and turn their attention to the real threat facing our communities: the explosion of violent crime and increasingly emboldened criminals.

Rep. Michael Cloud has introduced H.R. 6945, the No Retaining Every Gun In a System That Restricts Your Rights Act, which would allow ATF to delete all existing firearm transaction records and require FFLs to destroy their firearm transaction records once they go out of business. A one-pager on this legislation can be found HERE.

Rep. Cori Bush Spends Big on Personal Security While Continuing To Call For Police To Be Defunded

Democrat Rep. Cori Bush, who has repeatedly called for police to be defunded, reportedly spent over $70,000 on personal security from January through March of this year. In total, Bush has spent over $300,000 for this election cycle.

MAKE NO MISTAKE: Rep. Bush and many other House Democrats want the benefit of law and order for themselves while still pushing to endanger their communities by defunding the police—even as this crime crisis surges. Defunding and demonizing the police has dangerous consequences.

DEMOCRATS’ CRIME CRISIS:

  • Shootings of police officers have increased 63% compared to this time in 2020, according to the National Fraternal Order of Police.
    • 101 officers have been shot so far in 2022.
  • Under President Biden, more police officers were killed in the line of duty in 2021 than in any year since 1995.
    • In 2021, 73 police officers were killed – a 59% increase from 2020.
  • According to the National Fraternal Order of Police, at least 30 policeofficers were shot in January, which is a 67% increase from last year.
  • A new Politico/Morning Consult poll shows 2 in 3 voters, 69% of Americans, think more police funding would decrease crime.
    • A new Ipsos poll also found that 64% of Americans disapprove of Biden’s handling of crime.
  • In 2021, over a dozen U.S. cities set new homicide records in 2021.
  • In 2021, there were 346 officers shot, 63 of whom were killed by gunfire.
  • In 2021, there were 103 ambush-style attacks on law enforcement officers, a 115% increase from 2020.
  • Progressive prosecutors are in cities that represent over 20% of the nation’s population.

DEMOCRATS WHO SUPPORT DEFUNDING THE POLICE: 

Inflation Reaches The Highest Rate In Over 40 Years

The Consumer Price Index (CPI), a key inflation index, hit its highest rate in OVER 40-years high in March. The CPI increased 8.5% over the past 12 months, the highest rate since December 1981.

MAKE NO MISTAKE: Inflation is a tax on ALL Americans, and it has steadily increased over the span of Joe Biden’s failed presidency.

BIDEN’S ECONOMIC CRISIS BY THE NUMBERS: 

  • Inflation is a tax on ALL Americans.
  • Inflation has increased every month of Joe Biden’s presidency.
  • In March, the CPI increased by 1.2%. to an annual rate of 8.5%.
  • March was the largest 12-month increase since the period ending December 1981.
  • Inflation has risen dramatically since Biden took office.
  • This massive level of inflation is not the result of a so-called “Putin price hike,” but the failed policies of President Biden and House Democrats.
  • Due to a 40 year high level of inflation, some economists estimate that the probability of a recession in the next 12 months is as high as 70%.
  • Real wages have decreased under Biden 9 out of the 13 months since his first full month in office.
  • Real average hourly earnings decreased 2.7%, seasonally adjusted, from March 2021 to March 2022.
  • Since Biden came into office, real wages have declined by over 3%.
  • Earnings are not keeping up with inflation.
  • Americans are paying more for just about everything because of inflation:
  • 2021 went down as the worst year for inflation since 1981.

IT’S SIMPLE: Instead of addressing the root cause of inflation, out-of-control government spending, Joe Biden and House Democrats continue to push their Far-Left Socialist agenda, which will only exacerbate America’s economic crisis.

Biden Doubles Down On His Anti-Second Amendment Agenda With ATF Nominee

With Steve Dettelbach’s nomination to Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), Joe Biden has chosen to put an anti-Second Amendment advocate in charge of the agency responsible for regulating America’s firearms industry.

Dettlebach is not simply a “former federal attorney.” He’s a known gun controller, using his position as a US Attorney to advocate for gun control for years, publishing op-eds such as Requiring universal background checks makes sense. As a US attorney, he heavily weighed in on the Manchin-Toomey gun control proposal in 2013, condemning “[t]he Senate’s failure… to pass the universal background check bill” as “disheartening.”

In 2018, Dettlebach unsuccessfully ran for public office with an endorsement from Michael Bloomberg’s gun control group Everytown for Gun Safety. Luckily, Ohio voters rejected his candidacy.

During Biden’s campaign, he promised a host of new gun control initiatives if elected, including:

  • Gun bans
  • Restrictions on lawful firearm transfers
  • Gun confiscation for misdemeanor crimes
  • Gun confiscation for those dealing with mental health issues
  • “[C]losing” the made-up “over the Internet” and fake “gun show loophole[s]”
  • Disarming teachers and keeping schools as “soft targets”
  • Universal Background Registration Checks, which are unworkable without a national firearm registry and was previously endorsed by Everytown for Gun Safety.

GUN OWNERS BY THE NUMBERS:

  • According to a recent survey of industry retailers, at least 5.4 million people purchased a firearm for the first time in 2021.
  • Nearly 47 percent of first-time gun buyers in 2021 inquired about training and 43 percent signed up for training.
  • Nearly 23 percent of retailers indicated that first-time gun buyers in 2020 purchased another firearm in 2021.
  • Over 33 percent of first-time gun buyers in 2021 were women.
  • 44 percent of retailers saw an increase of African-Americans purchasing firearms in 2021.
  • Nearly 40 percent of retailers saw an increase of Hispanic-Americans purchasing firearms in 2021.
  • Over 27 percent of retailers saw an increase of Asian-Americans purchasing firearms in 2021.
  • Over 18 percent of retailers saw an increase of Native-Americans purchasing firearms in 2021.
  • Nearly 14 percent of retailers saw an increase of Native-Hawaiian/Pacific Islanders purchasing firearms in 2021.

IT’S SIMPLE: Steve Dettelbach would be neither fair nor objective as ATF Director. Biden’s nomination of a Far-Left gun control advocate to head the ATF is an attack on law-abiding Americans’ Second Amendment rights.

Our Message Is Working; Biden Is Underwater By Double Digits On Every Issue Facing Americans

For almost a year, House Republicans have been hammering Joe Biden’s failed agenda, which has created crisis after crisis in America, and according to a new CBS poll, our message is working.

Biden’s leadership is failing Americans on every major issue, and they overwhelmingly disapprove of Biden’s handling of the unprecedented crises his administration and Congressional Democrats have caused:

  • Economy: 70% disapprove
  • Inflation: 74% disapprove
  • Immigration: 69% disapprove
  • Crime: 66% disapprove

76% of Americans believe Biden’s economic crisis is their biggest concern, and the majority of Americans admitted to changing their driving habits and cutting back on groceries or travel to deal with inflation and the skyrocketing price at the pump.

52% of Americans believe Biden should be TOUGHER on the border as his historic crisis continues to worsen due to his policy decisions, including repealing Title 42.

President Biden’s overall approval rating has dropped 20 points to 43% since March of last year.

BOTTOM LINE: Americans deserve a secure border, law and order, affordable energy, and a growing economy. Democrats, led by Joe Biden, have clearly failed the American people.

Biden Formally Ends Title 42 As Historic Surge at Our Southern Border Worsens

As expected, the Biden administration is choosing to worsen the historic crisis at our southern border by ending Title 42, one of our strongest tools to deter the flow of illegal immigrants into our country.

This announcement comes just days after the U.S. Border Patrol Chief announced the U.S. will soon hit 1 million illegal crossings just six months into the fiscal year.

MAKE NO MISTAKE: Joe Biden’s policy change will actively worsen the historic border crisis that is endangering our communities.

BIDEN’S BORDER CRISIS BY THE NUMBERS:

  • Biden is now officially ending Title 42, a policy implemented under the Trump administration.
  • A record of 9,000 illegal immigrants were encountered at our borders from March 28th to the 29th.
  • Since Biden took office OVER 2 MILLION illegal immigrants have been apprehended at our southern border.
  • Border officials have estimated that nearly 400,000 illegal immigrantshave escaped into the U.S. without being caught under Biden.
  • U.S. Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz has said that the U.S. will soon hit 1 million illegal crossings of our borders in just the first half of this fiscal year, which began 6 months ago in October.
  • According to U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) data, there were 164,973 migrant encounters at our southern border in February, up 7% from January.