Mayor Slams Lawmakers Over Failure of Border Security Bill

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( – Javier Villalobos, the mayor of McAllen, Texas, has blamed lawmakers for choosing election-pear politics instead of reaching a compromise to help deal with the immigrant crisis at the border, according to a recent Fox News report. 

Villalobos, whose town is situated at the Texas border, stated that both parties had put election-year politics above making changes that would help deal with the border situation. He argued that the failed bipartisan border legislation would “stop the bleeding,” but that the Republicans and Democrats chose not to move forward with it because of it being an election year. 

Villalobos told Fox News that the Border Patrol and the American people were “tired” and “exhausted” by the current situation, and yet lawmakers in Washington were “kicking the ball” and doing things just because of politics rather than doing them to help the U.S. people. 

The bipartisan border security deal was looking to reform border policy in order to combat the historic surge in the U.S.-Mexico border. The deal was released on Sunday, February 4, but was quickly opposed by the GOP in both the upper and lower chamber and ended up failing after a key vote, 49-50, where it was only supported by four Republicans. 

President Joe Biden has put the blame for the failure of the border deal on former President Donald Trump, arguing that with his opposition he sabotaged the bill’s success. He also said that Trump had threatened lawmakers that there would be retribution if they supported the bill. Trump, who is up for re-election in 2024, had pushed the GOP to oppose the border bill. 

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