Speaker Johnson makes common cause with Texas governor on border crisis

AUSTIN, Texas — Gov. Greg Abbott (R-TX) has found a reliable ally in Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) as the two Republicans lock horns with President Joe Biden over the border crisis.

Abbott, who has unleashed state soldiers and police to assist with border security in a multibillion-dollar initiative known as Operation Lone Star, is tied up in multiple lawsuits with the Justice Department. Meanwhile, Johnson refused to move on a White House-brokered border deal last month, reasoning that it would give political cover to Biden without solving the crisis.

The opposition represents two distinct fronts for the president, who faces low approval ratings over his handling of the border. But Johnson and Abbott see themselves as fighting the same battle, with Biden so far refusing to concede to their steep demands for policy changes.

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