Texas Representative Highlights Impact of Border Crisis on Biden’s Campaign

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By Carina

In a recent interview with NewsNation’s “The Hill,” aired on December 19, Texas Representative Henry Cuellar (D) brought attention to the ongoing immigration crisis at the U.S. southern border and its potential impact on President Joe Biden’s reelection campaign.

Cuellar, who has not discussed the border crisis with President Biden since a visit to the U.S.–Mexico border in January, expressed his concerns about the situation.

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Rising Encounters and Unaddressed Challenges

Cuellar pointed to data from U.S. Customs and Border Protection, which indicates about 5.8 million encounters at the border under the current administration, not including “getaways.”

Addressing the impact on Biden’s campaign, Cuellar stated, “Asked whether the ongoing crisis is ‘hurting’ President Biden’s campaign, Mr. Cuellar said it ‘absolutely’ is.”

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Community Voices and Personal Insights

In his district, which is about 80 percent Hispanic Democratic, Cuellar often hears from constituents about border security.

He shared, “‘My district is about 80 percent Hispanic Democratic and guess what? When I go to church or when I go to the store, what are people telling me?’ Mr. Cuellar said.

‘Henry, you got to secure the border. We got to do something,’ he added.” Reflecting on his own family’s history, Cuellar recalled his father’s legal immigration path from Ghana.

The Need for Legal Processes and Order

Cuellar stressed the growing frustration among voters, noting, “There’s a resentment … growing among Hispanics and Democrats because they followed the law and now we’re seeing people just jump the line and end up in New York and other places,” Mr. Cuellar said.

He emphasized the necessity of using Title 8 immigration law effectively, as previously done to deter illegal immigration, and criticized the current enforcement of immigration laws, saying,

“We’re just not enforcing the laws we have on the books right now,” he concluded.

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A Widespread Sense of Frustration

Rep. Veronica Escobar (D-Texas), also commented on the issue. Speaking to Politico, she voiced similar concerns, saying, “people are ‘really frustrated’ and ‘want to see order’ amid the ongoing immigration crisis.”

Escobar highlighted the complexity of the situation and the administration’s difficulties in handling it.

“The fundamental problem is people want an easy fix. This is neither an easy issue, nor is there an easy fix,” she continued.

The Political Implications

With the border crisis persisting, Democratic representatives like Cuellar and Escobar are raising alarm about its potential effect on upcoming elections.

Their comments underline a critical challenge facing the Biden administration: balancing effective border management with political considerations.

As the situation evolves, its impact on the political landscape and public opinion will be closely watched.

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