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WH press secretary’s efforts to defend the Biden admin for Texas border razor wire failure immediately backfires

As the crisis at the Texas border emerges as a pivotal issue in the presidential race, attracting nationwide focus, it increasingly prompts opinions from a wide range of public figures, including politicians, governors, experts, and elected officials. With the onset of the presidential primaries in January, the topic of illegal immigration has ignited considerable attention, followed by numerous connected events. These include controversial legislation, visits to the border by Biden and Trump, Republican-led states deploying troops to assist Texas, and most notably, last month’s impeachment of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.

Texas disputes with the federal government

Texas has engaged in several conflicts with the federal government regarding the Biden administration’s management of the border crisis and the surge in immigration since President Joe Biden assumed office. These disputes have led to numerous legal actions and confrontations, carrying significant consequences not only for Texas but for the entire nation. And inn an election year, the stakes are especially high.

White House press secretary fails to respond to a border crisis questions

Last week on Friday, Fox News reporter Jacqui Heinrich brought to light the contradiction in the Biden administration’s stance regarding the razor wire issue. Back in January, the Supreme Court decided that Border Patrol agents were allowed to remove the razor wire that Texas had put up to discourage migrants from crossing into the U.S. illegally. The government claimed this wire was stopping Border Patrol agents from doing their job in urgent situations.

The razor wire at the Texas border is still in place untouched

However, the razor wire is still there, and when asked, White House spokesperson Karine Jean-Pierre didn’t seem ready to talk about why. Heinrich asked Jean-Pierre if this meant the administration now believed that physical barriers at the border were effective.

“Can you say more? What do you mean? Where’s this coming from?” the press secretary responded.

“Well, it’s been six weeks since you guys won the Supreme Court case that would have allowed you to remove razor wire at the Texas border that you guys argued there’s an emergency, immediate need to take down. But it’s still up. So DHS hasn’t touched it,” Heinrich explained. “Why is it still up?”

Cornered with the truth, Jean-Pierre chose not to answer. Even though she had previously talked about the issue of the razor wire in official briefings, she suggested Heinrich ask the Department of Homeland Security for more information.

Despite Supreme Court ruling, the Biden admin still hasn't asked the border patrol to cut the razor wire at the Texas border

Jacqui Heinrich pushed Jean-Pierre even more

Heinrich, however, was not yet ready to back down in her line of questioning towards Jean-Pierre.

She went on to challenge President Joe Biden’s repeated assertions that he is powerless to single-handedly mitigate the ongoing migrant crisis through executive action, emphasizing his insistence that substantial and lasting solutions can only come from legislative changes enacted by Congress. This stance seemed contradictory, especially considering that, in the early days of his presidency, Biden had enacted approximately 94 executive actions that, for the most part, served to relax the existing immigration policies.

“So, why doesn’t the president act like he said it’s time to do and start undoing some of those policies that he put in place right when he got into office?” Heinrich asked.

Jean-Pierre defends Biden, blames Republicans for missed border bill opportunity

Jean-Pierre, finding herself cornered by the relentless inquiry, resorted to her familiar set of responses. She reiterated that President Biden has, according to her, repeatedly taken action concerning the immigration and border crisis.

“You’ve used executive orders when you wanted to,” Heinrich fact-checked.

However, Jean-Pierre deflected by placing the bulk of the blame for the escalating situation at the border squarely on the shoulders of Republican opposition, suggesting that their lack of cooperation and political obstructionism are the primary reasons for the current state of affairs, despite the administration’s efforts.

“But in the meantime, while he’s shaming people for not acting, he is also not acting,” Heinrich pointed out.

“I am so sorry. That is so false. He has taken action. He has taken action,” Jean-Pierre claimed, unable to cite any such “action.”

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