In a recent outburst, Texas Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) made it abundantly clear where he stands on the issue of funding for the Department of Homeland Security.
In a conversation with KSEV radio host Chris Salcedo on Wednesday, Roy lashed out at the perceived negligence of the Department of Homeland Security on the southern border crisis, counter-signaling his own party’s congressional leader Kevin McCarthy and his attempts to broker a resolution to extend the government’s funding deadline until September 30.
Instead of assenting to McCarthy’s negotiations, Roy issued a clarion call for the Republican members of the House to withhold funding from the Department of Homeland Security until, according to him, the crisis at the southern border is addressed and resolved.
“We as a people, as a country, should stop it. And we as a Republican Congress should put our entire careers and our entire ownership of the House of Representatives on the line to stop funding that smirking son of a b*tch Alejandro Mayorkas, who is the secretary of Homeland Security and shouldn’t be,” Roy declared.
To Roy, McCarthy’s budget proposal is nothing short of a “nonstarter.” Roy and his fellow conservative House Freedom Caucus members demand a rollback in spending to the pre-pandemic levels.
“I will use every tool at my disposal to stop a continuing resolution structured that way,” he asserted. Roy believes that the Republicans must challenge the Biden administration with the power of the purse.
“Not only should he be impeached, the entire organization should have funding withheld until we stop what’s happening at the border,” Roy continued. “Until these gutless losers in Washington recognize we’re supposed to use the power of the purse to stop it, nothing is going to change.”
Mayorkas is no stranger to criticism, especially from conservative Republicans. They hold him responsible for not enforcing U.S. immigration laws. The U.S. border has witnessed a surge in migrant numbers since 2021. Despite a slight dip in June, the numbers began to rise again in July. The Biden administration’s efforts to curb cartel smuggling and the sanctioning of cartel members have done little to appease the critics.
Republicans are demanding more aggressive measures, including military action against cartels in Mexico. This call for action was met with disapproval from the Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. The 2024 presidential hopeful, Will Hurd, recently proposed treating cartels and smugglers as terrorists.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott also found himself in the crosshairs of López Obrador for Texas’ decision to set up a floating border barrier along the Rio Grande. This move, aimed at deterring migrants from making the perilous river crossing, is now facing legal challenges from the Department of Justice.
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