House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), who sees himself replacing Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House after the midterms, noted that the “first thing” Republicans will propose when in control of the House is better border security.
The Epoch Times noted that it is “not clear if any Republican House lawmakers will challenge” McCarthy’s bid to lead the lower chamber.
Speaking as the heir apparent, McCarthy told CNN on Monday: “The first thing you’ll see is a bill to control the border first. You’ve got to get control over the border. You’ve had almost 2 million people just this year alone coming across.”
According to a report by the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), since President Joe Biden took office in January 2021, more than 5.5 million illegal immigrants have crossed into the United States — more than 2.8 million crossed the border in the last 12 months.
McCarthy notes that Republicans have “a number of different ways” to address the immigration crisis and predicts a flipped House would quickly present a bill to secure the border.
McCarthy also noted that the severity of the opioid fentanyl crisis in America will be reduced as the number of incoming immigrants is reduced. Further, he sees Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” policy as one of the first policies to be revived:
“I think ‘Stay in Mexico’ you have to have right off the bat,” said McCarthy, referring to the Trump administration’s Remain in Mexico policy.
“In order to keep fentanyl from coming into the United States, there will need to be a very frontal attack on China to stop the poison from coming.” McCarthy added that Congress will need to “provide the resources that the border agents need,” and “make sure that … anytime anybody who wants to move [fentanyl], you can prosecute him for the death penalty.”
McCarthy is confident Republicans will take control of the House after the midterms and believes former President Donald Trump will support his bid to lead in the House.
“I believe we’ll have the votes for speaker, yes,” said McCarthy. “I think Trump will be very supportive.”
McCarthy surprised the CNN host by stating that if he becomes speaker of the House, he will restore Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s (R-GA) committee assignments that were stripped from her last year.
McCarthy also noted he plans to remove Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) from the House Intelligence Committee. Swalwell has faced allegations that he had an intimate relationship with a woman who was a spy for the Chinese Communist Party.
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