Fourteen House Democrats voted on Wednesday to denounce the Biden administration’s “open-borders policies” amid concerns over a surge in border crossings and overwhelmed blue cities.
The resolution, introduced by Republican Representative Nathaniel Moran of Texas, received support from all voting Republicans and the group of party defectors. The resolution not only denounced the policies but also condemned the “national security and public safety crisis along the southwest border.” It urged President Joe Biden to put an end to his administration’s open-borders policies.
Among the 14 Democrats who broke ranks were Representative Colin Allred of Texas, a former Tennessee Titans linebacker and Obama administration official, and Representative Yadira Caraveo of Colorado. Other Democrats included Angie Craig of Minnesota, Henry Cuellar of Texas, Donald Davis of North Carolina, Jared Golden of Maine, Vicente Gonzalez of Texas, Greg Landsman of Ohio, Susie Lee of Nevada, Jared Moskowitz of Florida, Wiley Nickel of North Carolina, Mary Peltola of Alaska, Marie Gluesenkamp Perez of Washington, and Eric Sorensen of Illinois.
Representative Golden highlighted the importance of securing borders and enforcing immigration laws while acknowledging the need for an orderly immigration process. He stated that illegal immigration threatens national security and undermines American jobs, emphasizing the necessity for Congress and the Biden administration to address border issues through meaningful legislation.
The bipartisan vote took place amidst ongoing impeachment hearings against Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and discussions between congressional leaders and President Biden regarding a national security funding request for Ukraine, Israel, and border security. House Speaker Mike Johnson expressed his belief that President Biden’s policies have contributed to the border crisis and called for transformative policy changes to secure the border.