WASHINGTON, D.C. – With articles of impeachment against the U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security expected to proceed through the U.S. House, Rep. Michael Cloud said in an interview that the Biden administration has turned the U.S. Border Patrol into a “border processing apparatus.”

“We have a secretary who is belligerent about intentionally disobeying and subverting the clear congressional intent of the law,” said Cloud, who has long advocated for DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to be removed from office. “He’s done everything he can to find any sort of loophole to pervert and distort the clear intention of the law, and to turn what was supposed to be our border security apparatus into a border processing apparatus.”

As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, Cloud explained that Congress needs to exercise control over the federal budget to compel better behavior by the executive branch.

“Congress can pass good policy, which would be helpful, Congress can investigate, but the only real enforcement mechanism we have is the purse string,” said Cloud, a Republican from Victoria. “We can’t continue to send the Biden administration money to do bad things.”

Cloud explained that the Biden administration has the same authorizations from Congress to secure the border that the Trump administration had—but has even more fiscal resources. None of which, Cloud asserts, has translated into better border security because the administration is not following and enforcing the law.

“If Biden wanted to secure the border, he could do it today with current authorities.”

Michael Quinn Sullivan

Michael Quinn Sullivan is the publisher of Texas Scorecard. He is a native Texan, a graduate of Texas A&M, and an Eagle Scout. Previously, he has worked as a newspaper reporter, magazine contributor, Capitol Hill staffer, and think tank vice president. Michael and his wife have three adult children, a son-in-law, and a dog. Michael is the author of three books, including "Reflections on Life and Liberty."