GOP lawmakers say Biden is prioritizing ‘woke ideology’ over border crisis: ‘absolute failures’

Republican lawmakers on Tuesday rebuked President Biden for prioritizing a “woke ideology” at the expense of the southern border crisis.

Representatives Ashley Hinson of Iowa and Jim Banks of Indiana held a press conference Tuesday to “highlight” what they viewed as the “absolute failures of the Biden administration” in addressing the border.

Republican lawmakers hold a press conference to discuss President Biden’s handling of the border crisis.
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“We need to call out these failures and their awakened ideology and misplaced priorities, especially when it comes to what is happening on our southern border,” Hinson said, flanked by other Republican lawmakers.

Hinson noted that encounters with illegal immigrants topped 250,000 in December, 17 of whom were on the terrorist watch list and 10 of whom were sex offenders in the Del Rio sector alone.

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All of this, he said, has come as Mexican drug cartels have made billions from the fentanyl and methamphetamine being shipped into the country and killing Americans.

Hinson said Biden’s meeting with Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador in Mexico City earlier this month was a missed opportunity to address this crisis.

US President Joe Biden, left, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, second from left, and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pose for an official photo as their wives stand by One side, before the start of a North American Summit at the National Palace in Mexico City, Tuesday, January 10, 2023.

US President Joe Biden, left, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, second from left, and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pose for an official photo as their wives stand by One side, before the start of a North American Summit at the National Palace in Mexico City, Tuesday, January 10, 2023.
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“What commitments did you post immediately after that meeting? Top of the list, diversity, equity and inclusion, climate change and integrating gender perspectives in disaster response,” she said. “That’s what they came up with to present to the American people,” she said, adding that Americans “have no patience with these piqued priorities.”

Representative Banks pointed out that the six pillars of the agreement between President Biden, President López Obrador and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau did not once mention the word fentanyl.

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The six pillars are: DEI, or “diversity, equity and inclusion, climate change and the environment, competitiveness, migration and development, health and regional security.

“Ninety-seven days from today I wrote President Biden requesting a meeting to discuss the deadly fentanyl crisis and to share with him more than 100 obituaries sent to my office by parents who have lost their children to fentanyl.” Banks said.

US President Joe Biden speaks with a member of the US Border Patrol as they walk along the US-Mexico border fence in El Paso, Texas on January 8, 2023.

US President Joe Biden speaks with a member of the US Border Patrol as they walk along the US-Mexico border fence in El Paso, Texas on January 8, 2023.
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“In the 97 days that Joe Biden ignored my request to meet and talk about protecting our border from the flow of fentanyl, the White House had time to meet with [a] transgender activist, the Golden State Warriors and even George Clooney. That says a lot about where the Biden administration’s priorities lie.”

President Biden visited the southern border for the first time in early January, about a month after stating during a visit to Arizona that he was not going to go to the borer.[b]Because more important things are happening.”

The White House has fended off repeated criticism from Republican lawmakers that Biden is not taking the border issue seriously.

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Earlier this month, the White House said border security and immigration are issues the president takes “very seriously from day one” and blamed Republican political gimmickry for slowing progress.

Fox News Digital has reached out to the White House for additional comment.

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