As President Joe Biden was boarding Marine One to travel to Phoenix, Arizona to help Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company announce its plans for a second microchip facility in the state earlier this week, the president made headlines when he told reporters there are “more important” issues than visiting the border.

Despite record breaking amounts of fentanyl being seized and record numbers of illegal immigrants pouring across the southern border, Biden defended himself saying, “There are more important things going on.”

In Fiscal Year 2022 over 2.3 million encounters at the Southern border were recorded by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and more than 342 million lethal doses of fentanyl were seized by the Texas Department of Public Safety.

In June, one of the deadliest human smuggling cases happened near Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, where 53 illegal immigrants perished.

Recently, on Wednesday around 1:00 am, a Border patrol agent assigned to the McAllen station was tracking a group of subjects that illegally crossed the border when he was involved in an accident in Mission, Texas, where he passed away in a hospital.

U.S. Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) criticized Biden during an interview with Fox News saying he wouldn’t know if the border is a serious issue if he’s never been.

“How the hell would he know? He’s never been to the border. It sure is something that’s pretty critically important to the people of Texas and frankly to the immigrants that are getting abused and dying. Fifty-three in a tractor-trailer San Antonio, getting raped in stash houses in South Texas, or how about the 72,000 people who died from Fentanyl last year.”

U.S. Rep. Ronny Jackson (R-TX) took to Twitter to share his anger with Biden’s comments.

“What’s more important than the collapsing national security of the United States!? Biden needs to be fired. He’s Abandoned us.”

State Rep. Bryan Slaton (R-Royse City) also took issue with the comment made by Biden, saying without borders we wouldn’t have a country.

“There is nothing more important than the invasion at our southern border. If you don’t have a border you don’t have a country.”

Emily Wilkerson

Emily is a summer fellow for Texas Scorecard. She is a senior at the University of Oklahoma, studying journalism with a minor in political science. She enjoys investigative journalism and making sure that every side of a story is being told.

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