Sen. Hawley on Biden's SW Border Chaos: 'This Is Their Plan, and They Are Executing It'

Susan Jones | December 15, 2022 | 5:19am EST
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Migrants walk across the Rio Grande to surrender to US Border Patrol agents in El Paso, Texas, as seen from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, on December 13, 2022. (Photo by HERIKA MARTINEZ/AFP via Getty Images)
Migrants walk across the Rio Grande to surrender to US Border Patrol agents in El Paso, Texas, as seen from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, on December 13, 2022. (Photo by HERIKA MARTINEZ/AFP via Getty Images)

( - As the Biden administration blames congressional inaction for the border crisis, Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) says he is among the Republicans who will not support the Democrat plan to give illegal aliens a pathway to citizenship, which seems to be the goal of Democrats who are doing nothing about the current invasion of Texas and Arizona particularly.

Republicans say border security comes before any "comprehensive immigration reform."

"The truth is, we shouldn't have to trade anything to get the enforcement of our laws at our own southern border," Hawley told Fox News's Laura Ingraham.

"I just say, this Biden administration is getting exactly what they want at the southern border. This is a 14,000 a day illegal surge. They've known about this, they have known this would 

happen. This is what they want, Laura.

"They don't want a border. They don't want there to be Customs and Border Patrol, they don't want there to be I.C.E., they don't want there to be immigration enforcement. This is their plan and they are executing it."

Ingraham noted the far-reaching effects of allowing unchecked illegal immigration -- on the electoral process, schools, public health system, housing -- and criminal justice, Hawley chimed in:

"And let's not forget, we're talking about hundreds of thousands -- millions of people coming across the border in the space of one year, and what this really says, Laura, is the Democrats are willing to turn over our sovereign southern border to the biggest human trafficking operation in the world. Those would be the border cartels. 

"They're willing to let them have it. You're concerned about kids. Well, the Democrats want to give the cartels, who are smuggling children, control of the border. You're concerned about crime. The Democrats want to give the cartels control of the border. 

"And I can just say, as a guy who represents the state of Missouri, we are awash in illegal drugs, with fentanyl, methamphetamine in our state. It's not coming from inside Missouri. It's coming across the border. That is all courtesy of Joe Biden.

"And I tell you what. It's time to hold this guy accountable. And it's time for the House of Representatives to do their job and to impeach (Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro) Mayorkas. 

White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre says it's up to Congress to solve the problem in a "bipartisan way" -- which means the Democrat way or the highway.

We know how to work with Republicans; Republicans know how to work with us,” Jean-Pierre said on Tuesday. “So why don’t they work with us on this particular issue that is important to — important to Americans across the country? And we’re asking for them to join us on this — on this issue as well."

Hawley said he'd go along with congressional action if it means extending Title 42 by statute, "make it the law."

"I'd be happy to do that," Hawley said. In fact, Republicans have proposed to do that over and over again, Democrats have blocked it. If that's what the White House is saying, that they welcome congressional action on this, great!

“Let's make may Title 42 permanent, let's do it with the force of law. I'm 100 percent delighted to do that. And I look forward to seeing the Democrats line up for that."

Title 42 is the public health measure that allows border agents to immediately expel some illegal aliens. By court order, it will be lifted on December 21, opening the floodgates for even more illegal immigration.

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