Biden’s decline is getting worse by the day. It’s obvious to anyone who’s honest with themselves.
And House Speaker Mike Johnson revealed who really runs the White House.
House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) said he doubts President Joe Biden is the one making immigration policy decisions, as the speaker pushed Biden to take unilateral action to protect the southern border.
Johnson told Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo on Friday that he and his Republican colleagues have demonstrated to Biden that he has the constitutional right to secure the border through executive action, but that he believes the president’s administration is preventing him from acting.
“He knows that he has the authority. We’ve documented it for him. I’ve read to him the law myself — to the president. Read him the provisions of the law and said, ‘Mr. President, please take action,’” the speaker said.
“I don’t think he’s allowed to do it. I’m not sure Joe Biden is actually making these decisions,” Johnson added.
“I think it’s staff around him, and they’re pushing him to hold the — or to keep the border open.”
Earlier in the conversation, Johnson told Bartiromo that Biden and Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas’ actions on the first day of the administration demonstrate that the border problem “is by design.”
“Biden went in on the first day of office and began issuing executive orders to … create this catastrophe. Maria, we say it’s ‘by design’ because there is no other explanation,” said Johnson.
Speaker Mike Johnson: Biden has existing authority to help end the border crisis
— The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) February 2, 2024
“We documented 64 executive actions, agency actions, that he and Mayorkas have taken to create this. They could unwind it today by the stroke of a pen.”
BREAKING: Speaker Mike Johnson releases a document of 64 instances of the Biden Administration undermining border security policy and encouraging illegal immigration. pic.twitter.com/g4WLALMhpi
— Leading Report (@LeadingReport) February 1, 2024
Johnson and the White House have clashed on border security, as Republicans press the Biden administration to do more to stem the record flow of illegal immigrants into the country.
Biden has asked Congress to approve a bipartisan law addressing the illegal immigration situation, arguing that he cannot act on the matter without congressional authorization.
A bipartisan group of senators in the Democrat-controlled Senate is negotiating a package that would combine help for U.S. allies such as Ukraine and Israel with border security changes, but Johnson has already warned that it would be “dead on arrival” in the Republican-led House.
The Republican speaker has encouraged Biden to invoke Section 212(f) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, which gives the president the authority to deny admission to foreigners deemed “detrimental” to U.S. interests, to “regain operational control of the border.”
Since Biden’s inauguration in January 2021, Customs and Border Protection has encountered more over eight million individuals who crossed the border unlawfully.
Illegal immigration interactions in December set a single-month record of 302,034, falling just short of the 303,916 illegal aliens encountered by Border Patrol personnel throughout the 2017 fiscal year.
And it doesn’t seem to be letting up anytime soon.
Stay tuned to the DC Daily Journal.