U.S. Speaker of the House Mike Johnson visited Texas’ southern border at Eagle Pass this week and applauded Gov. Greg Abbott’s border security actions. 

They’re doing their dead level best to protect their citizens, and that’s his number one job,” he said at a press conference. “The federal government, the White House, the administration, refuses to do it; so if you’re the governor of Texas or a border state, or any governor, you have the responsibility, the right, constitutional authority to do the right thing and secure your people.”

This comes as the Biden administration continues to attack the state’s border security efforts, most recently by filing a lawsuit against Senate Bill 4—a new state law that criminalizes illegal entry into Texas and empowers law enforcement to apprehend illegal aliens. 

Simultaneously, Texas border residents are calling for real action, as opposed to continuous press conferences and federal officials throwing tax dollars at the border without monitoring what happens with it. Instead, they want Congress to shut the border down. 

Kinney County Attorney Brent Smith told The Center Square that Congress can stop the border invasion through “the power of the purse.” “Congress has the constitutional authority, and most importantly, the responsibility to ensure that federal funding promotes and protects the safety and security of American citizens.”

The struggle between the state of Texas and the Biden administration regarding the constitutionality of state-enforced border security measures intensified earlier this week when the U.S. Supreme Court was asked by the Biden administration for approval to allow federal agents to cut Texas’ concertina wire fencing. 

SB 4 House sponsor State Rep. David Spiller (R—Jacksboro) told Texas Scorecard on Thursday that the Biden administration is working harder to defeat Texas’ border security efforts than it is to secure the border itself. 

“The primary job of a president should be to keep our country’s citizens safe. Biden makes no attempt to do that,” Spiller said. “He continues to make a conscious decision to have open borders and allow lethal doses of fentanyl and other illegal drugs pour into our country; to allow documented terrorists, convicted sex offenders, and other felons in; and to foster human trafficking of women and children at a level we have never seen.”

Spiller continued, “Biden is the cartels’ best friend. He is doing everything they want him to do, while ignoring the health and safety of Texans and our country.”

He also said regarding the aforementioned lawsuit against SB 4, “As to their suit, I say, ‘Bring it.’”

Will Biagini

Will was born in Louisiana and raised in a military family. He currently serves as a journalist with Texas Scorecard. Previously, he was a senior correspondent for Campus Reform.