After repeatedly denouncing Republican efforts to build a border wall and making the provably false claim that the border is secure, the Biden administration has seemingly reversed course with its new plan to erect a barrier along one of the most vulnerable areas between the U.S. and Mexico.
Amid increasing backlash from leaders in both parties, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas acknowledged this week that there is an “immediate need” for a border wall — although he later backtracked and reiterated the administration’s long-held position that “a border wall is not the answer.”
The disjointed message from the White House has opened President Joe Biden up to allegations of hypocrisy and incompetence. Republican Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, whose state is the site of the proposed barrier, offered a scathing indictment of the Biden administration’s policy during a Fox News Channel appearance on Thursday.
He began by rejecting the White House’s claim that construction of the wall was only approved because Congress earmarked the money to build it.
“They’ve left that money sitting there for the entire administration so far, and they’ve had border wall material sitting on the ground for three years,” Patrick said.
The lieutenant governor went on to lay out a series of missteps and failures that have led to the current border crisis, asserting: “So, after about eight million people, hundreds from the terror watchlist and thousands of criminals have already crossed the border, it’s about damn time they do something, even if they want to pretend they don’t want to do it.”
As for the true motivation behind this abrupt policy change, Patric said that “the only reason they’re doing this is they know they’re in deep trouble in 2024 on how they’ve mishandled the border and how it’s impacting this country and voters.”
The Biden Administration is trying to claim two things at once:
1. A border wall won’t work.
2. We need to build a border wall to “prevent unlawful entries.”
Wokeism takes away all critical thinking capabilities.
During the WH press conference, Peter Doocy asked exactly how… pic.twitter.com/vYjAUL3gwV
— Collin Rugg (@CollinRugg) October 5, 2023
Former U.S. Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY) was also a guest during the same segment of “The Ingraham Angle” and further assailed the Biden administration’s claim that it had no choice but to spend the money allocated by Congress.
“If this is what they need to do to be legal today, were they violating the law yesterday or last month?” he asked. “I would say this is their job since they came into office, but suddenly there’s some special thing about this one date in October ‘23? Americans are smart enough to see right through it.”