Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) took a stand this week in pushing his congressional colleagues to grip the power of the purse strings to get the border crisis under control.
In a letter, the Republican simply urged, “No border security, no funding.”
Roy declared that no lawmaker should fund a federal agency that is harming their state and constituents. The conservative cited a “moral obligation” to protect the nation from uncontrolled migration.
He added that it is critically important to protect migrant children who are caught up in the tragedy that is President Joe Biden’s open border. He referenced the young people ensnared in illegal trafficking made possible by lax border enforcement.
Roy cited drug cartels operating at the nation’s southern border. These criminal enterprises are flooding the nation’s streets with deadly fentanyl manufactured with chemicals procured from Communist China.
The fentanyl crisis is currently responsible for 200 lost American lives every single day, or the equivalent of an airliner plunging to the ground daily with no survivors.
'No border security, no funding': Rep. Chip Roy calls for showdown over out-of-control US border https://t.co/xciOy30MyG
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Roy argued that his home state of Texas is bearing the brunt of the crisis for the nation. And he laid blame squarely at the feet of President Joe Biden and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.
The Republican noted that federal funding for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) ends on Sept. 30. At that point Congress will encounter a continuing resolution (CR) or a full-year appropriations measure to keep the taxpayers dollars flowing.
However, he said that approving a CR would “unacceptably mean continuing the funding level and policies of the disastrous FY 2023 omnibus.”
Roy pointed to criticism from House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), who said that funding only adds to the border crisis.
He then issued his call for his congressional colleagues to deny taxpayer dollars to the DHS until progress is made to secure the southern border. Roy said it is up to lawmakers to “use the power of the purse to force President Biden to end the carnage resulting from open borders.”
Roy endorsed ending the mass release program using the CBP One app. He called for allocating funding to assist law enforcement and military personnel in targeting drug cartels and reimbursing Texas the $10 billion it has spent on Operation Lone Star to secure the border.
He further demanded the resignation or firing of DHS Secretary Mayorkas.