100 Days After Trump Tanked the Bipartisan Border Deal, MAGA Republicans Are Still Standing in the Way of Border Security

100 days after Donald Trump tanked the bipartisan border security bill, DNC Rapid Response Director Alex Floyd released the following statement: 

“100 days ago, Donald Trump directed his MAGA minions in the House to put one man’s political ambitions ahead of their constituents and their duty to our nation – and they happily obliged. Now, 100 days later, Trump, Mike Johnson, and the MAGA House GOP continue to spew empty rhetoric about border security as they stand in the way of progress. After President Biden worked across the aisle to negotiate the toughest and fairest reforms to secure the border in decades, Trump killed the deal because he only cares about himself and would rather play politics with our immigration system than deliver solutions. The American people are watching, and if Trump and his MAGA allies continue to stand in the way of border security, then they will pay the price at the ballot box this November.”

Donald Trump directed MAGA Republicans to tank the bipartisan border deal and do nothing to improve border security this year – and his MAGA minions have fallen in line.

Axios: “Trump, House Republicans plot to kill border deal”

Vox: “Trump made this clear when he reportedly urged Republicans in Congress to turn against the bipartisan Senate border security bill scheduled for a vote Wednesday so that he could keep the issue alive through the presidential election. His supporters have largely fallen in line.”

CNN: “Trump, who is hoping to make immigration a key plank of his presidential campaign, has suggested on Truth Social that approving additional resources for the border would make Republicans ‘look bad.’”

New York Times: “Republicans Against Border Enforcement”

Rolling Stone: “Border Patrol Supports ‘Strong’ Immigration Deal. Republicans Don’t Care”

Trump: “Please blame it on me.”

Trump: “I think [Republicans] are making a terrible mistake if they vote for the bill.”

CNN: “The border compromise would represent a dramatic change of immigration law on lines many Republicans have long supported.”

Speaker MAGA Mike Johnson called the bipartisan border security bill “dead on arrival” – even though he continues to call for action to secure the border and has said it “is a job for Congress.”

NBC News: “If the GOP can capture total control of the government … [Johnson] said border security would be at the top of the legislative agenda right out of the gate.”

Johnson: “Our immigration system is broken. Reforming that system is a job for Congress.”

Johnson: “The crisis at our southern border has deteriorated to such an extent that significant action can wait no longer.”

Johnson: “I do think it’s past time to secure the border.”

Two-thirds of Americans support the bipartisan border security deal that Trump directed MAGA Republicans to reject.

Navigator Research: “Two in Three Americans Support the Bipartisan Immigration Deal”

“Two in three Americans supported the bipartisan immigration deal reached in the Senate, but that will not be taken up for a vote in the House. … On the Republican approach to the recent immigration package, Americans’ greatest concerns are that they are focused on the wrong issues and playing politics.

“The immigration deal earns support across party lines, including among three in four Republicans (net +58; 74 percent support –16 percent oppose), two in three independents (net +48; 64 percent support – 16 percent oppose), and three in five Democrats (net +32; 59 percent support – 27 percent oppose).”

Third Way: “Voters like the deal, both as a whole and individual components. … Across the board, both swing and base voters are remarkably aligned in favor of the big security components of the deal… It’s not just the tough on the border policies that voters like—they also understand that a major piece of restoring order must be providing orderly pathways for people to come to this country in other ways.” 

Multiple House Republicans have warned their own colleagues against politicizing border security and delaying taking action.

Tom Emmer: “Why does it have to be a political issue when it’s the right thing to do to seal our own border and make sure that good people that want to come here for the right reasons are able to come here?”

Chip Roy: “It’s time to act with urgency. Urgency means not waiting for the next election.”

Michael McCaul: “I think [the border] is a very urgent problem. We can’t wait a year.”

Bryan Steil: I’m less concerned about who gets the win other than making sure the American people win, and the American people win if we truly secure the US-Mexico border.”

Patrick McHenry: “We have bipartisan support. … Take the moment, man. Take the policy win.”

Dan Crenshaw: “I’m extremely disappointed in the strange maneuvering by many on the right to torpedo a potential border reform bill. … It would be an unacceptable dereliction of [their] duty.”