The GOP Needs To Pick a Side on Border Security

COMMENTARY Immigration

The GOP Needs To Pick a Side on Border Security

Feb 22, 2023 4 min read

Commentary By

Mark Morgan

Visiting Fellow, Border Security and Immigration Center

Tom Homan

Visiting Fellow, Border Security and Immigration Center

Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has backtracked on his pledge in the “Commitment to America” to placate the renegades. Alex Wong / Getty Images

Key Takeaways

There’s long been a massive disconnect between Republicans’ tough rhetoric on cable news and the campaign trail and the policies they support on Capitol Hill.

Roy’s commonsense plan removes the perverse incentive to abuse the asylum system, ends “catch and release” and mandates that Biden enforce the law.

The lies and mischaracterizations by Gonzales, Bacon and Salazar denigrate a measure that would begin to reduce the catastrophic damage wrought by this crisis.

In 2022, Republican leadership made numerous promises about securing the border, ending the Biden border crisis and reducing illegal immigration. Less than a month into this new Congress, they are already breaking their commitments.

If securing the border is the football, the GOP is Lucy. During campaign season, it’s all about securing the border “no questions asked.” Once safely elected, however, some members’ focus changes to “comprehensive immigration reform” or backroom deals that hold border security hostage to mass amnesty—and GOP leadership indulges them.

This piece originally appeared in The Hill on 02/02/2023


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