‘Centrists’ Pushing Biden To Do This

(DailyEmailNews.com) – Bucking their own party in an attempt to hold their seats in the upcoming elections, a group of centrist House Democrats facing tight races publicly urged Joe Biden to strengthen security along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Representatives Marie Gluesenkamp Perez (D-WA), Jared Golden (D-ME), Mary Peltola (D-AK), Vicente Gonzalez (D-TX) and Don Davis (D-NC) made this call shortly after Biden signed a $95 billion foreign aid package.

According to the Cook Political Report, these five representatives’ electoral prospects are uncertain.

The lawmakers justified their vote for more funding for Ukraine, saying it was a matter of national defense beyond physical borders. “Our national security interests don’t stop at our physical borders. That is why we voted to send more weapons to Ukraine for its fight against Russia,” they stated.

They also echoed Speaker Mike Johnson’s sentiment from the previous week that he “would rather send ‘bullets than American boys.’”

While they support defending U.S. allies, these Democrats are also demanding decisive action on domestic border issues.

They supported legislation to enhance border security, which did not pass, and a successful measure last month that allocated $19.6 billion for Border Patrol efforts to secure the southern border.

The group is pressing Biden “to use the authority given the executive by Congress to immediately reimplement” protocols to return illegals to Mexico while their court proceedings are pending.

Additionally, they are urging Congressional leaders to restore the Border Patrol’s authority to expel migrants similar to what happened before the pandemic with the Title 42 policy.

Critics of the foreign aid package, particularly some hardline Republicans, have said they are frustrated over the lack of measures addressing the border crisis while the U.S. keeps sending funds to boost allies like Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan.

The House Democrats’ statement included remarks from National Border Patrol Council president Brandon Judd, who criticized the legislative focus on international borders over domestic security.

“We are beyond disappointed that the House would give aid to secure the borders of foreign countries but gave nothing to allow the Border Patrol to secure the safety of the United States,” Judd told Fox News.

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