Johnson accuses Biden of ‘deliberately’ opening border in first floor speech as speaker

House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) addressed his colleagues in lengthy remarks on Wednesday, accusing President Joe Biden of maintaining a “deliberately opened” border that has caused record-high immigration numbers.

In his first floor speech since being elected speaker, Johnson railed against the Biden administration’s handling of the southern border, calling on the president to use executive action to crack down on the surge of illegal immigration. His speech comes as negotiations to implement stricter border policies have been stalled in the Senate.

“We have a catastrophe at the southern border. It is because the border has been deliberately opened wide that we see the terrific horrors that are taking place across the border right now,” Johnson said in his 30-minute speech. “I’m here this morning to beg my colleagues to help us force the administration to take action.”

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