‘This is blackmail’: White House threatens reduced deportations, detention capacity if GOP doesn’t comply

If House Republicans don’t agree to a border bill that fails to secure the border while sending millions more taxpayer dollars to Ukraine and Israel, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will soon be “forced” to cut back on its operations at the dividing line between America and Mexico, the White House announced on Thursday.

Addressing reporters while aboard Air Force One, press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre placed the blame for the administration’s failure to defend the United States against what many clearly see as an invasion on “congressional Republicans.”

“Because congressional Republicans are choosing partisan politics over our national security and refusing to pass the bipartisan national security agreement that includes significant border reforms and funding, over the coming weeks, ICE will be forced to reduce operations because of budget shortfalls,” she told reporters, according to Fox News Digital.

“We have asked Congress for additional funding and resources,” Jean-Pierre said, “and every time Congress has provided less than we asked for, or most recently, completely ignored our supplemental request.”

U.S. Customs and Border Protection recently reported more than 3.2 million encounters with illegal immigrants at the border — “the highest ever recorded,” according to Fox News — but, without additional appropriations, “ICE would be forced to reduce its removal operations, its total detention capacity and more,” Jean-Pierre warned.

“When ICE can’t conduct these operations, our national security and public safety will be harmed,” she stated. “Speaker Johnson and congressional Republicans should be held accountable. This was their choice.”

On X, conservatives saw the press sec’s comments for exactly what they were: a thinly veiled threat against the security of this nation and the safety of its citizens.

Elon Musk replied with two emphatic exclamation points.

And according to Senator Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), it’s not only straight-up “blackmail,” it’s an “admission” of the Biden administration’s border guilt.

“This is blackmail. And an admission that Biden controls the level of illegal immigration,” Cotton wrote. “The entire border crisis is by design.”

 

Melissa Fine

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