House GOP Called Border Security “Top Priority” – Until Trump Got Them To Kill the Bipartisan Border Deal

As MAGA House Republicans continue to rail against the bipartisan border security bill because Donald Trump directed them to do so, DNC Rapid Response Director Alex Floyd released the following statement: 

“Donald Trump’s MAGA allies in the House GOP once claimed that border security was ‘a job for Congress’ and it was ‘time to act with urgency’ to address it because ‘we can’t wait any longer’ – until Trump put his political ambitions first and directed them to blow up the bipartisan border security deal. House Republicans are now being given another chance to put the American people ahead of partisan politics – but if MAGA Republicans side with Trump’s political games over border security again, voters will make sure they pay the price at the ballot box this November.”

REMINDER: Donald Trump’s House GOP MAGA minions fell in line after he directed Republicans to tank the bipartisan border deal and do nothing to improve border security this year.

New York Times: “Republicans Against Border Enforcement”

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.’”

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 continues to call the bipartisan border security bill “dead on arrival” even though he has repeatedly called 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.”

Johnson: “We must insist — must insist — that the border be the top priority.”

Johnson: “I have said that very clearly from day one, we have to solve the [border] problem.”

House Republican Conference Chair Elise Stefanik said the bipartisan border deal is an “absolute non-starter” but has repeatedly said the top priority for House Republicans was securing the border.

Stefanik: “Our top priority is securing the southern border.”

Stefanik: “The reality is the House Republicans are going to stand up for border security on behalf of the American people, because we know that is the top concern among Americans, not just Republicans, but Independents and Democrat voters as well.”

Stefanik: “I know that the Speaker’s top priority is securing the border.”

The Guardian: “‘We don’t support shutting down the government,’ Stefanik said. ‘But we must secure the border.’”

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.”

Numerous other House Republicans used to claim that they support taking action to secure the border.

Steve Scalise: “We can’t wait any longer. We must secure the border NOW.”

Marjorie Taylor Greene: “Our border should be the priority.”

Jim Jordan: “We’ve got this issue of securing the border, which I think is of paramount importance that we gotta get done.”

Byron Donalds: “We must SECURE THE BORDER NOW!”

James Comer: “We expect the number one policy initiative should be to secure the border.”

Tony Gonzales: “Solving our border crisis needs to be priority number one this Congress.”

Jack Bergman: “The number one priority of House Leadership must be finding common ground to secure our Southern Border.”

Morgan Luttrell: “It’s time to stop kicking the can down the road – we need to … prioritize border security funding now.”

Sam Graves: “We need to get this done and it needs to be done. It needs to be done.”

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.”