For example, Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) used Twitter to publicize his March 26 visit to the border with 17 other GOP senators last week and contrast Biden’s chaotic inflow to President Donald Trump’s organized defense of Americans’ border and national labor market.
For a side-by-side comparison, the first photo is from my trip to the border in 2019–the second is from today. Plenty of space to walk around and safely spread out. Tell me this isn’t a crisis. https://t.co/ING6lsNYor pic.twitter.com/ujQXNxkQKD
— Sen. James Lankford (@SenatorLankford) March 26, 2021
Biden’s failure is giving the GOP legislators an easy cause to direct moral outrage at Biden’s progressives — the people who claim moral superiority as they cheered on migrants who take the often-lethal trek from their home countries to Americans’ job sites.
Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) told Breitbart News March 29:
This is a human tragedy. These are children. As we went down the Rio Grande the next day in the patrol boat with the big fully automatic weapons to protect our men and women who protect us on the border, we literally came across a body and retrieved [that came aground] just recently in the last 24 hours. That was just like a day in the life here. Republican senators seeing it firsthand, seeing literally a dead body in the Rio Grande, somebody who had drowned.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said March 26 Biden is making the U.S. government “complicit” with the cartel-backed, coyote-run delivery of children and teenagers to their illegal-migrant parents in the United States:
The President made the problem worse yesterday. This was a nightmare press conference. He told everybody ‘Don’t worry, we’ve got crowded facilities, we’re going to build 5,000 more beds in Texas at a military base!” So how does that play in Central America? [Coyotes will say] “They’re gonna expand the number of people they can take!”… This is uniting illegal immigration.
Biden and his deputies deliberately caused the current crisis, Lankford said a March 29 media interview:
— Brian Kilmeade (@kilmeade) March 29, 2021
The GOP’s pushback matches public opinion.
For example, a March 23-25 YouGov poll of 1,606 adults was conducted for Yahoo! News, asking, “Who do you think bears most of the blame for the situation at the border?” Overall, 66 percent of adults gave most, some, or a little blame to Biden, while 19 percent said he serves no blame. Just 35 percent of his 2020 voters give him “no blame.”
I went to Arizona to see the impact of President Biden’s rash decision to end border wall construction & it was worse than I thought. His decision left gaps in the wall that make it useless. The wall would’ve been completed in a matter of weeks– the material is there & paid for. pic.twitter.com/c7Ndq9Osce
— Sen. James Lankford (@SenatorLankford) March 23, 2021
However, GOP legislators have been slow to make pocketbook arguments against Biden’s chaos and migration — even though the public overwhelmingly opposes the economic damage caused by labor migration.
For many years, a wide variety of pollsters have shown deep and broad American opposition to legal migration, labor migration, and the inflow of temporary contract workers into jobs sought by young U.S. graduates.
The multiracial, cross-sex, non-racist, class-based, intra-Democrat, and solidarity-themed opposition to labor migration coexists with generally favorable personal feelings toward legal immigrants and toward immigration in theory — despite the media magnification of many skewed polls and articles still pushing the 1950s corporate “Nation of Immigrants” claim.
The deep public opposition is built on the widespread recognition that migration does move money from employees to employers and from families to investors.
Since 1990, two generations of Americans have seen mass migration move wealth from young to old, from children to their parents, from homebuyers to real estate investors, and from the central states to the coastal states.
Bloomberg exposes the OPT-worker program that CEOs use to push many US graduates out of tech & Fortune 500 careers.
You’d think estb. journos would care about their kids’ futures. But corporate media won’t follow the $$ in migration politics.#H1B #OPT https://t.co/4PWGwSiXjq
— Neil Munro (@NeilMunroDC) March 13, 2021
Sources: Breitbart: Lankford, GOP Senators Vent Moral Outrage at Biden and His Progressives