Mayorkas tries honesty

  

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By:  vic-eldred  •  3 weeks ago  •  38 comments

Mayorkas tries honesty
“They’re released on conditions, and approximately I think it’s about 10,000 or so, 12,000,” Mayorkas responded.

Yesterday Homeland Security secretary Alejandro Mayorkas confirmed that about 12,000 migrants who were encamped under a bridge in Del Rio, Texas, had been released into the U.S., in an interview on Fox News Sunday. For many this is not much of a surprise. Joe Biden  promised during his presidential campaign that he would scrap the Trump administration’s policies to secure the southern border against waves of illegal migrants expecting to be admitted into the United States. Since being elected, millions on migrants have crossed the boorder, while Biden has scrapped the Trump border policy, especially the highly effective "Remain in Mexico" policy.

Mayorkas, who used to try and deny the obvious, was a bit more candid yesterday when interviewed by Chris Wallace:

“Of the 17,400 that weren’t deported back or returned on their own to Mexico . . . how many have been released into the U.S.?” Wallace asked.

“They’re released on conditions, and approximately I think it’s about 10,000 or so, 12,000,” Mayorkas replied.

The whole issue of the migrant camp at Del Rio, Texas came to a head after Fox News began filming it with drones and broadcasting the situation on a daily/nightly basis. It's called journalism and it actually got a response from the Biden administration, which cleared out the camp in record time in the past few days.

Eventually, Wallace asked the obvious question of why the Biden administration did not stop the migrants from crossing the Rio Grande into Texas?

“Why didn’t you build—forgive me—a wall, or a fence, to stop . . . this flood of people coming across the dam? It looks like a highway that allows them to cross the Rio Grande,” Wallace said.

“It is the policy of this administration: we do not agree with the building of the wall,” Mayorkas replied. “The law provides that individuals can make a claim for humanitarian relief. That is actually one of our proudest traditions.”

One of our proudest traditions?

Open borders, changing the demographics of the United States and using foreigners to replace American voters are progressive/democrat objectives (not traditions).

 


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Vic Eldred
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1  author  Vic Eldred    3 weeks ago

A federal judge ruled that the Remain in Mexico program must be reinstated by the Biden administration. 

 
 
 
Ronin2
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1.1  Ronin2  replied to  Vic Eldred @1    3 weeks ago

When will that be? They sure as hell are not doing that now.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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1.1.1  author  Vic Eldred  replied to  Ronin2 @1.1    3 weeks ago

Probably never. They don't have the leverage over Mexico that Trump did. Trump was making the new trade agreement that Mexico was very interested in.

 
 
 
charger 383
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2  charger 383    3 weeks ago

          “They’re released on conditions,":

what conditions?

 
 
 
Just Jim NC TttH
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2.1  Just Jim NC TttH  replied to  charger 383 @2    3 weeks ago

Probably a "promise" to show up for their trial................Which the majority never do

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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2.1.1  author  Vic Eldred  replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @2.1    3 weeks ago

Bingo!

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
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3  Perrie Halpern R.A.    3 weeks ago

While I am not for an endless flow of migrants, this comment disturbs me:

Open borders, changing the demographics of the United States and using foreigners to replace American voters are progressive/democrat objectives (not traditions).

Foreigners have always been a part of the American dream, and what you wrote here was once applied to your and my ancestors by the "Know-Nothings".  The idea that these people will vote, and no less vote democrat, and that is the reason for this, is a reach.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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3.1  author  Vic Eldred  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @3    3 weeks ago
The idea that these people will vote, and no less vote democrat, and that is the reason for this, is a reach.

It is not a reach and democrats would be the first to defend the idea. What turned California blue?  What is turning Arizona and Nevada and New Mexico blue?

It is called the thank you vote!   Democrats want open borders for one reason only - to gain votes. The flood of people coming know all this.

Mexico-migrants-Biden-sign.jpg?ve=1&tl=1

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
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3.1.1  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  Vic Eldred @3.1    3 weeks ago

Of course, those people are going to plead to Biden. He's the one making the decision. 

But that still doesn't address what disturbed me about your comment. 

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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3.1.2  author  Vic Eldred  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @3.1.1    3 weeks ago
So obviously Latinos don't necessarily vote democrat if they vote at all. 

I don't use the term "Latinos." It's a political construct. Let's just say Hispanics, in general, can think for themselves. I distinguish between those who are Hispanic Americans and those who came illegally over the border. It is the illegals, who should not be voting, who represent the thank you vote.


Of course, those people are going to plead to Biden. He's the one making the decision. 

He made the promise - during the DNC primaries. They heard it!

Biden: "I would, in fact, make sure that there is, we immediate surge to the border, all those people seeking asylum they deserve to be heard, that's who we are, we are nation that says if you want to flee and you are fleeing oppression you should come."

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
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3.1.3  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @3.1.1    3 weeks ago

btw... looked into California voters and found this out:

Likely voters are disproportionately white; Democratic likely voters are more diverse.

  • Whites make up only 41% of California’s adult population but comprise 54% of likely voters. In contrast, Latinos make up 35% of the state’s adult population but only 22% of likely voters. The shares of Asian American (14%) and African American (6%) likely voters are proportionate to their shares of the state’s adult population—16% for Asian Americans and 6% for African Americans.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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3.1.4  author  Vic Eldred  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @3.1.3    3 weeks ago

Well Perrie, while it is true that 25% of California's population is foreign born the real problem lies with the sytem of registering voters through the RMV.

Here is something else to consider:

California Secretary of State Alex Padilla has admitted that state officials  "don't know"  how many non-citizens voted in the June primary elections after a blunder at the DMV allowed 1,500 foreign citizens to be registered to vote in the United States.

According to a report by the Associated Press, of the 1,500 people who were improperly registered to vote by the Department of Motor Vehicles this year, officials don't know how many actually voted.

On Tuesday, Neon Nettle  reported  that the California DMV admitted this week to an  "error"  that allowed 1,500 non-citizens to register to vote in U.S. elections during 2018 between April and September.

The bombshell followed years of assurances from the blue state government that the department has safeguards put in place to prevent people from being improperly registered to vote .

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
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3.1.5  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  Vic Eldred @3.1.4    3 weeks ago

So we established that there was an error in voter registration. That doesn't mean we know how they voted. 

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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3.1.6  author  Vic Eldred  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @3.1.5    3 weeks ago
So we established that there was an error in voter registration.

Stephen Miller decribed that error in detail on Tucker Carlson's show. It seems there is a box that can be checked on the DMV voter registration form. One checks it if they are a citizen and NOBODY checks to see it they actually are. Do you think that may be widely known in CA?

That doesn't mean we know how they voted. 

The border states are turning blue!


 
 
 
JohnRussell
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3.1.7  JohnRussell  replied to  Vic Eldred @3.1.6    3 weeks ago

That fiction has already been debunked on this site by multiple people. 

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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3.1.8  author  Vic Eldred  replied to  JohnRussell @3.1.7    3 weeks ago

Ah.....NO!

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
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3.1.9  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  Vic Eldred @3.1.6    3 weeks ago
The border states are turning blue!

There are many reasons why the border states are turning blue, like migration from other states. 

 
 
 
Lucifer Morningstar
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3.1.10  Lucifer Morningstar  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @3.1.5    3 weeks ago

Individually no.  In total, you bet our bottom dollar we do.

Just like we knew newscum would sign a string of bills funding illegal aliens.

 
 
 
Split Personality
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3.1.11  Split Personality  replied to  Vic Eldred @3.1.4    3 weeks ago

3 years ago ?

Gee Vic, do you think they haven't corrected that yet?

They know who the 1500  were and replaced their drivers licenses with the "non voter" versions immediately,

Voter registration rescinded.  Problem corrected.

Steve Miller is an calculating liar by repeating it as if it is an endemic problem.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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3.1.12  author  Vic Eldred  replied to  Split Personality @3.1.11    3 weeks ago
Gee Vic, do you think they haven't corrected that yet?

Why would they?

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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3.1.13  author  Vic Eldred  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @3.1.9    3 weeks ago
There are many reasons why the border states are turning blue, like migration from other states. 

That is true.

 
 
 
Split Personality
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3.1.14  Split Personality  replied to  Vic Eldred @3.1.12    3 weeks ago

Seriously?

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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3.1.15  author  Vic Eldred  replied to  Split Personality @3.1.14    3 weeks ago

You saw the results: Newsom prevailed over the wrath of American citizens. 

 
 
 
Split Personality
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3.1.16  Split Personality  replied to  Vic Eldred @3.1.15    3 weeks ago

Newsome prevailed along strictly party lines,

almost identical to the last Presidential election in California.

Larry never had a chance, except in the media.

The other 49 states and territories had no right to vote.

Just more noise in the wind.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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3.1.17  author  Vic Eldred  replied to  Split Personality @3.1.16    3 weeks ago
Larry never had a chance, except in the media.

I said that before the election and posted an article entitled "David vs Goliath."


Just more noise in the wind.

I'm afraid not. American citizens have been disefranchised in CA.

 
 
 
Split Personality
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3.1.18  Split Personality  replied to  Vic Eldred @3.1.17    3 weeks ago

BS.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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3.2  JohnRussell  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @3    3 weeks ago

I have been saying, for years, that a lot of these things tie together.  When Donald Trump became the king birther in 2011, it was no accident, he intentionally wanted to appeal to the tea party racists in order to create a political base  for a 2012 presidential run as a Republican. He would have run in 2012 if the birther business hadnt blown up in his face when Obama produced his long form birth certificate. 

The birtherism in general stems back to the fear of what the first black president meant to the country, coupled with the then new news that whites would become a minority group in America by mid 21st century. 

This stuff is all connected, up to and including right now, as immigration is racialized by the political right. 

 
 
 
1stwarrior
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3.2.1  1stwarrior  replied to  JohnRussell @3.2    3 weeks ago

Playing a lot with that conjecture stuff, eh John???

And you don't believe in conspiracies?

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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3.2.2  JohnRussell  replied to  1stwarrior @3.2.1    3 weeks ago

This is history 1st, not conjecture. 

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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3.2.3  author  Vic Eldred  replied to  JohnRussell @3.2.2    3 weeks ago

I think 1stwarrior can teach us all a bit of history on migration.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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3.2.4  JohnRussell  replied to  Vic Eldred @3.2.3    3 weeks ago

He has a blind spot about Trump the size of a boulder. 

 
 
 
1stwarrior
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3.2.5  1stwarrior  replied to  JohnRussell @3.2.2    3 weeks ago

In your mind John - 24/7/365 - in your mind.

 
 
 
1stwarrior
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3.2.6  1stwarrior  replied to  JohnRussell @3.2.4    3 weeks ago

Kinda explain how your "Trump" hate has any impact on my stance on immigration.

Good thing 'bout boulders is that you can move them, break them, go around them or ignore them.

Try it sometime - you'll be a lot less stressed.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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3.2.7  JohnRussell  replied to  1stwarrior @3.2.5    3 weeks ago

Unfortunately you have never taken the time to familiarize with Donald Trump's history, or present for that matter, and thus you speak about him from near total ignorance.

 
 
 
1stwarrior
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3.2.8  1stwarrior  replied to  JohnRussell @3.2.7    3 weeks ago

I only familiarize myself with things I have an interest in.  Obviously, Trump ain't one of them things.

 
 
 
1stwarrior
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3.2.9  1stwarrior  replied to  JohnRussell @3.2.7    3 weeks ago

I think you'll like this - went to WallyWorld (WalMart) to get cat food, litter, rotisserie chicken and a couple cans of tuna. 

Walking down the aisle, coming towards me, was this fella in the neighborhood of 60's, camo shorts, NMSU tee shirt and a - OK, get ready for it - VOTE TRUMP 2024.

John - I almost threw up in the aisle and waited 'til the next aisle to bust out laughing.

Ain't friggin' ready for that crap.

 
 
 
squiggy
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4  squiggy    3 weeks ago

They’re staying with Larry in Smithville.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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5  author  Vic Eldred    3 weeks ago

As the immigration crisis worsens in South Texas, President Biden’s inconsistent border policies and messaging are not only damaging his approval ratings nationwide, but they could also cost the Democratic Party once-safe seats in Congress.

The Rio Grande Valley is the epicenter of the crisis, and its residents feel the impact of the surge in border crossings every day. Illegal crossings reached a 21-year high in July with 212,672 encounters reported by the U.S. Border Patrol that month alone. Across southern Texas, car chases have spiked this year, nearly nine-fold in some areas. Ranchers struggle to balance compassion for exhausted immigrants crossing through their property with concerns over personal safety, as well as costs to repair broken fences, trashed land, and stolen equipment. Federal agents also have reported a staggering increase of 4,000 in fentanyl seizures this year in Texas as smugglers exploit stretched border-patrol resources.

Although Democrats now control a trio of House seats representing Texas’ southern-most border with Mexico, voting patterns are making the districts more competitive.

Republicans are heavily targeting all three seats after the 2020 election showed a surprising swing in the GOP’s favor along the Texas-Mexico border. Once deep-blue, the three districts voted for Biden by just two to four percentage points, down from the 17-to-22-point margin Hillary Clinton racked up in 2016. Republicans also have redistricting on their side this year with the GOP-controlled Texas legislature poised to redraw several congressional districts in their favor.

Recent   polling   from the Dallas Morning News and the University of Texas signaled another reason for Democratic angst: Biden’s approval rating is underwater among Latino voters in the Lone Star State. More than 54% of the state’s registered Latino voters said they disapprove of the job Biden is doing overall, while only 35% said they approve.

When it comes to the president’s handling of the immigration crisis at the border, only 29% of the state’s Latino voters indicated their support while 52% said they disapprove (with the rest undecided). The survey was conducted Sept. 7-14, before more than 12,000 Haitian immigrants amassed under the Del Rio International Bridge, creating a new humanitarian crisis with immigration facilities already stretched beyond capacity.

The shift in voting patterns is already having an impact. Earlier this year, Rep. Filemon Vela, who represents Texas’ 34 th   Congressional District, which includes the city of Brownsville, abruptly announced his retirement. In 2020, he won reelection by nearly 14 percentage points in a seat generally considered safe for Democrats. But national Republicans identified Vela as a target after Biden won the district by just four points, down from the 21.5-point Clinton margin. Five Republicans and four Democrats are now running to replace Vela in what promises to be a sharply contested campaign.

Reps. Henry Cuellar (pictured) and Vicente Gonzalez, the two other Democratic congressmen who represent the Rio Grande Valley, are fighting to keep their seats while taking different approaches to the immigration crisis, even though both strongly campaigned for Biden last year.

Cuellar, who has regularly bucked his party’s leadership over the years, has been an outspoken critic of Biden’s more lenient immigration policies, repeatedly blasting the administration for creating “incentives” for immigrants to make the dangerous journey to the U.S. instead of instituting “uncomfortable” but effective deportation policies.

The 16-year House veteran was the first lawmaker to provide photos of overcrowded detention facilities in Donna, Texas, when the administration was instituting a media blackout earlier this year. He also led calls for Vice President Kamala Harris, Biden’s point person on immigration, to visit the border months before her trip to Central America in June.

Last week, Cuellar waded into the debate over whether Border Patrol agents in Del Rio were using their horse reins as whips against Haitian immigrants, defending their efforts to stop illegal crossings while acknowledging that all immigrants must be treated humanely. Appearing on “CNN Newsroom” Tuesday, Cueller was asked about the photos of border agents chasing migrants on horses – and one that a host said appeared to be using a “rope or a lasso.”

He quickly came to the agents’ defense. "Certainly, we got to make sure we treat all the immigrants with respect and dignity, but I will say this: Border Patrol has had those horse brigades for a while. They’ve had them for a while, number one. Number two, they don’t carry whips, and they do not carry lassos.”

"Should those be used, even if it is a rein?" the CNN host asked.

"If there was a problem, it should be investigated, and I think that’s it,” Cuellar responded. “But we cannot paint the Border Patrol with the same type of paintbrush. What are they supposed to do, just stand there and let everybody come in? They’re supposed to be enforcing the law.”

After the images surfaced, creating an uproar among civil rights leaders, the Homeland Security Department launched an investigation. White House press secretary Jen Psaki announced Wednesday that agents in Del Rio would no longer use horses to try to prevent illegal crossings.

Cuellar has represented South Texas for his entire career, either in the state legislature or in Congress. He won reelection last year by a whopping 20 points but faced a serious challenge during the primary, besting a more liberal candidate by just 3.6 percentage points. The same Democratic challenger, Jessica Cisneros, is running against him again. Republicans suggest that Cuellar is in a lose-lose situation, barely fending off a primary opponent in 2020 and facing a rematch because his immigration views aren’t liberal enough for the Democratic Party even if they represent his district as a whole.

Vicente Gonzalez appears to be even more vulnerable than Cuellar. He won reelection by just 2.9 points last fall after topping his GOP rival in 2018 by 19.6 points. Despite that shift, Gonzalez has mainly defended the administration’s immigration policies, praising Harris’ plan to address the root-causes of immigration as “a holistic approach” to “create conditions for people to want to stay in their native countries.”

“We had a good meeting a few weeks ago with the vice president, and I think she has a very good plan to get to the root causes, which will be the only way to ultimately curb the mass migration,” he   told CNN   in early June. “If we don’t address the root causes, all we’re doing is putting a Band-Aid on it on our border.”

Over the last two weeks, as the Haitian immigration crisis overwhelmed resources in Del Rio, Gonzalez has steered clear of the controversy, refraining even from tweeting about it. But during a Fox News appearance Thursday, host Neil Cavuto pressed him on Biden’s decision to stop allowing the agents to use horses to control the border.

Gonzalez called it a “very complex and tough situation that we have to investigate.”

“We certainly need to find an orderly way to deal with the crisis,” he added. “I’m not for just releasing people into the country. We need to have a vetting process before they get here.”

A member of the moderate Problem Solvers Caucus, Gonzalez has pushed back against progressives’ calls to abolish the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. But he has not joined Cuellar in forcefully criticizing Biden’s approach even as he’s decried the way it has enriched Mexican drug cartels.

Since Biden took office, Gonzalez laments, those cartels are taking advantage of immigrants, charging each of them $6,000 to get to the U.S. border, and raking in more than $1.3 billion in the first few months of this year alone.

The three-term Texas Democrat has so far unsuccessfully tried to persuade the Biden administration to back his idea to establish a processing center for asylum seekers on the Mexico-Guatemala border where immigrants could apply for asylum and fly to the U.S. only if and when they qualify. President Trump secured an agreement with Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras to use their militaries to prevent caravans from continuing into the United States, but when COVID hit, he used an obscure health measure, known as Title 42, to deport immigrants immediately without due process for their asylum requests in the name of public health. Biden is under fire from the left for continuing to use the policy to deport thousands of immigrants while releasing others into the U.S. who have requested asylum.

Those deciding to make the dangerous journey north are only coming from certain impoverished pockets of several Central American countries, Gonzalez has asserted. Because of this, the U.S. needs to make “surgical, thoughtful, intelligent investments that create jobs, create security, that invest in agricultural projects, manufacturing and tourism and ideas that create better jobs for people to want to stay,” he argued.

He didn’t mention that the Obama administration’s attempt to address root-causes by sending billions of taxpayer dollars to Central America – an effort Biden led — had virtually no impact on the continued exodus north.

Gonzalez was far more critical of Trump’s immigration policies. Last year, he called on the administration to suspend its COVID immigration restrictions that were dramatically reducing the number of illegal border crossings but swelling border camp populations in Mexico.

"Imagine these people who have gone through a 2,000-mile trek and are now in a one-acre plot of land — thousands of them. Certainly, it's an easy place for viruses to spread,"   he told The Hill newspaper .

"Mexico could probably do more too, because I went over there, and it was a mess. It's not like detention centers on this side, as much as we complain about them. They're living in squalor —  tents on the ground and dirt. Now there's a place for them to plug in their phones and some port-a-potties, but it's really bad," he added.

With the ongoing border crisis continuing to be a drag on Biden’s poll numbers nationwide, Republicans are keeping close track of every statement Cuellar and Gonzalez make on the issue. If their districts keep trending purple next year, Republicans could see a path to retaking the House majority straight through the border territory. No matter the outcome, Democrats will have to invest far more resources than usual to keep these seats in their column next year.

    


Let us thank Joe Biden for keeping Texas bright red!  The home of brave manly men & beautiful women!

 
 
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