Rep. Boebert Introduces Censure Bill Against President Biden for his Dereliction of Duty at the Border
Today, Representative Lauren Boebert led 23 of her colleagues in introducing a bill to censure President Biden and hold him accountable for his dereliction of duty at our southern border.
Representative Boebert stated: “My censure bill holds President Biden accountable for his actions—or lack thereof—at the border. Biden has refused to enforce the laws securing our border, he has refused to visit our border, his border czar Kamala has refused to visit the border, and his Secretary of Homeland Security is lying to the American people by saying that our border is closed. Not only has Biden done nothing to secure the border, he has actively made it worse by implementing policies that incentivize illegal immigration like amnesty, catch and release, and abolishing the remain in Mexico policy. The result of Biden’s mismanagement is staggering, and the numbers speak for themselves.”
Congressman Andy Biggs said: “The Biden Administration is a complete disaster. President Biden and Vice President Harris have sent an unequivocal message that they prefer illegal immigrants over Americans. Their radical agenda has erased our southern border. Americans suffer from the Biden policy which has encouraged more than one million illegal border crossings this year which has produced increased human, sex, and drug trafficking. The American people condemn the Biden Administration’s dereliction of duty.”
Congressman Barry Moore stated: “Ensuring the integrity of our borders is one of the most fundamental duties of a president, yet President Biden has destroyed four years of progress at the border to satisfy far-left activists and cheap labor-loving globalists. His reckless determination to reverse every Trump administration policy regardless of the outcome has put every American family and our economy at risk. We must hold President Biden to account for putting politics over the people he has sworn an oath to protect.”
Congressman H. Morgan Griffith said: “The heightened crisis at the southern border is almost entirely one of President Biden’s own doing. For purely ideological reasons, his Administration ended policies that were working to secure the border and protect the American people. When I went to the border, I saw unused materials that had already been contracted for lying by open gates and parts of the unfinished wall, the result of President Biden’s illogical and wasteful decision to immediately stop all construction on the wall. The surge of illegal immigrants and contraband into the country that followed was entirely avoidable and reflects poorly on the Biden Administration’s ability to fulfill its constitutional duties.”
Congressman Bob Good stated: “The absence of law and order is the breeding ground for criminal activity. Within the first four months of the Biden Administration, arrests for murder are already up an astonishing 1,133 percent at the southern border. President Biden’s reckless approach to our southern border is manufacturing a humanitarian crisis. President Biden has undermined his oath and taken Congress’ power into his own hands by granting blanket amnesty and failing to enforce the laws on the books. I am proud to join Congresswoman Boebert in calling for his censure.”
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Former Acting Commissioner Mark Morgan stated: “President Biden is currently presiding over the greatest abandonment of immigration enforcement and border security this country has ever seen. Our border is in a historic crisis, solely due to his actions. Representative Lauren Boebert’s resolution would rightly censure President Biden for ignoring immigration laws and refusing to address the crisis, while also calling for him to terminate an open borders radical who leads the very agency I once served in. President Biden can stop the crisis today. It is time for him to put the American people and rule of law first, and restore order at our border.”
Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) President Dan Stein stated: “President Biden wasted no time in quickly ending the successful immigration policies of his predecessor. These rash decisions have led to a historic border crisis with no end in sight. If current trends hold, CBP will encounter over 1.3 million illegal aliens in the current fiscal year – dwarfing past totals. His Secretary of Homeland Security – open borders amnesty architect Alejandro Mayorkas – has presided over this complete abdication of immigration enforcement. He is unfit for his role, and this resolution rightly calls for his removal and the nomination of someone who will prioritize the safety and security of the American people while faithfully enforcing laws enacted by Congress. Representative Lauren Boebert’s resolution is a well-timed, unified rebuke of President Biden's abandonment of immigration enforcement that has triggered a crisis, and FAIR urges all members of Congress to support it.”
NumbersUSA Director of Government Relations Rosemary Jenks stated: “President Biden has made it abundantly clear that he refuses to take care that the immigration laws regarding the entry of aliens into the United States, as established by the Legislative Branch, are faithfully executed. While his legislative package to reward virtually every illegal alien, including criminals, in the United States with amnesty has languished in Congress, his administration has wasted no time in effectively dismantling ICE and CBP. The historic apprehension levels occurring at the border demonstrate that the world has received the message. Congress must finally step in and hold the President, along with Secretary Mayorkas, accountable for abdicating their Constitutional duties. NumbersUSA thanks Congresswoman Boebert for leading the charge.”
Eagle Forum President Colleen Holcomb stated: “Despite calls from both sides of the aisle to take action, the President and his administration continue to turn a blind eye to the massive amounts of immigrants flowing into our southern border. The White House sits idly by while children are being violently harmed by cartels who are given huge paychecks to smuggle them into the United States. This has continued for far too long. Biden's sweeping rollback of former President Trump's immigration policies will wreak havoc on our nation's economy, national security, and individual liberties. Representative Boebert's resolution to censure Biden is a necessary action to highlight his failure to execute his duties as President. Eagle Forum encourages all members of Congress to vote in favor of this piece of legislation.”
Representative Boebert traveled to the border in February, and she went back this month to see how much worse the crisis has gotten under President Biden’s watch. He hasn’t visited once, his border czar hasn’t visited once, and his Secretary of Homeland Security falsely claims that the border is secure. Unlike Kamala, Rep. Boebert has actually been to the border, and it’s obvious: it is a national security and humanitarian crisis. The numbers don’t lie:
- Under President Trump, there were 1,400 children in HHS custody at the border. When Rep. Boebert visited in June, there were 22,000.
- Almost 1 million illegal aliens have been encountered by CBP since Biden took office, including a record-breaking 180,000 illegal aliens in May.
- Since Biden took office, CBP arrested 1,413 alien drug smugglers—up from 386 last year.
- Since Biden took office, CBP arrested 40 alien murderers—up from 3 last year.
- Since Biden took office, CBP arrested 353 alien sex offenders—up from 156 last year.
- Since Biden took office, CBP arrested 1,118 aliens for DUIs—up from 364 last year.
- In just the first four months of Biden’s term, enough fentanyl to kill every American four times over has been interdicted by Border Patrol.
Instead of trying to fix the crisis, President Biden has proactively made it worse. One of Biden’s first acts was to reinstate “catch and release,” making it almost impossible for DHS to do its job. In President Trump’s last month in office, Border Patrol released just 18 illegal immigrants, but in May, Biden released over 26,000 illegal immigrants into communities across the country. Since he took office, Biden has released almost 100,000 illegal aliens.
Article II, Section 3 of the United States Constitution imposes a duty on the President to “take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed,” but President Biden has been derelict in his duty. Specifically, he has not enforced the Immigration and Nationality Act, which requires the President to detain illegal aliens and enforce border security measures. On February 18, 2021, President Biden exhibited even more disrespect for the law by allowing criminal aliens with felony records to remain in the United States.
Additionally, President Biden usurped legislative power from Congress and violated the Impoundment Control Act by unilaterally deciding that funds Congress had specifically appropriated to build the border wall would not be spent on building the wall.
President Biden’s egregious, unconstitutional actions threaten America’s standing as a Constitutional Republic built on law and order. Rep. Boebert’s bill reaffirms the constitutional precedent that the president is not free to ignore duly-passed laws enacted by Congress and to exercise control over appropriations. President Biden’s unilateral actions are unlawful, and Rep. Boebert’s legislation holds him accountable for threatening Americans’ safety, disrespecting the law, and degrading the Office of the President.
Rep. Boebert’s bill is supported by: American Principles Project, Citizens for Renewing America, Eagle Forum, Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), Heritage Action, and NumbersUSA.
23 Members of Congress joined Rep. Boebert introducing her bill including: Reps. Andy Biggs, Dan Bishop, Madison Cawthorn, Jeff Duncan, Pat Fallon, Matt Gaetz, Louie Gohmert, Bob Good, Paul Gosar, Morgan Griffith, Diana Harshbarger, Jody Hice, Ronny Jackson, Thomas Massie, Alex Mooney, Barry Moore, Troy Nehls, Ralph Norman, Marjorie Taylor Greene, Bill Posey, Lance Gooden, Chip Roy, and Randy Weber.
To read the full text of the censure bill click here.