Byron Donalds reiterates why GOP rejected ‘bipartisan’ border bill to head off potential debate talking point

Republican Rep. Byron Donalds explained for the umpteenth time why Republicans rejected the so-called “bipartisan” border bill.

Recall that earlier this year, Democrats unveiled an allegedly “bipartisan” border will that they falsely claimed would fix the border crisis.

As previously reported, the bill was a weak-sauce package that would have done little to stymie the flow of illegal aliens into the U.S. In fact, some said the bill would only have incentivized further illegal migration by granting immediate work permits to every criminal alien released into the U.S. interior (which is pretty much all of them).

Being as they’re perpetually full of it, Democrats pushed back by claiming Republicans were rejecting the bill because former President Donald Trump had told them to reject it.

Indeed, to hear Democrats hilariously tell it, Trump was so worried President Biden would actually fix the border crisis with the bill (which is laughable) that he begged Republicans not to pass it.


Appearing on Newsmax this Friday, Donalds attempted on behalf of the GOP to once again clarify their take on the low-rent “bipartisan” bill.


“[Biden’s] gonna say that, oh, the Senate bill was good, but Donald Trump blocked it,” Donalds began. “That’s a lie!”

Fact-check: TRUE!

“When the elements of the Senate bill were being leaked on X, House Republicans from Speaker Johnson all down, we rejected the bill based upon what we were being — what was being reported on social media,” he continued.

And then when the Democrats’ sycophantic, drooling media allies rushed to attack the GOP with Biden’s talking points, Republicans pushed back by saying, according to Donalds, “If the full bill sounds anything like what’s in these tweets, I’m telling you right now it’s dead on arrival in the House.”

He wasn’t wrong, not that telling the truth has had any bearing on Democrats’ commitment to lying through their teeth.

Case in point: Back in January, the president personally claimed in a statement that the bill would “shut down the border.”

“What’s been negotiated would – if passed into law – be the toughest and fairest set of reforms to secure the border we’ve ever had in our country,” the president began.

Right off the bat, he was lying. The policies contained in the bill weren’t close to as tough as the policies Trump had used to keep the border tightly secure, including Remain in Mexico and Title 42.

“It would give me, as President, a new emergency authority to shut down the border when it becomes overwhelmed. And if given that authority, I would use it the day I sign the bill into law,” the president continued.

Again he was lying. He already possessed the power to fix the border crisis by implementing Remain in Mexico and Title 42, among other strong policies.

“Further, Congress needs to finally provide the funding I requested in October to secure the border. This includes an additional 1,300 border patrol agents, 375 immigration judges, 1,600 asylum officers, and over 100 cutting-edge inspection machines to help detect and stop fentanyl at our southwest border,” the president concluded.

Notice how the bill would have led to the hiring of more asylum officers than border patrol agents. That’s no coincidence. As noted by critics, the bill was essentially designed to streamline the corrupted asylum process versus stopping the flow of illegal aliens across the border.

Responding to the president’s statement, critics pounced in droves at the time, lecturing him about the reality of the situation — a reality that he refused to acknowledge then and refuses to acknowledge now.


Vivek Saxena


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