SHOT/CHASER: MAGA Mike Johnson Says Border Security Is a “Top” Priority – After Tanking the Bipartisan Border Deal

In response to Speaker MAGA Mike Johnson claiming border security is a top priority for the House GOP after falling in line with Donald Trump’s demands to tank the bipartisan border deal, DNC Rapid Response Director Alex Floyd released the following statement:

“If border security was truly a ‘top’ priority for MAGA Mike Johnson and the House GOP, then they wouldn’t have followed Donald Trump’s orders to tank the toughest, fairest border deal in decades to try and score partisan political points. Johnson’s words come cheap but he can end his blockade of this bipartisan legislation anytime he wants and show he’s serious about securing the border.”

NEW: Speaker MAGA Mike Johnson said border security is a top priority for the House GOP…

NBC News: “If the GOP can capture total control of the government… [Johnson] said border security would be at the top of the legislative agenda right out of the gate.”

… yet he caved to Donald Trump’s demands by opposing the bipartisan border deal.

Vox: “Trump made this clear when he reportedly urged Republicans in Congress to turn against the bipartisan Senate border security bill scheduled for a vote Wednesday so that he could keep the issue alive through the presidential election. His supporters have largely fallen in line.”

New York Times: “Republicans Against Border Enforcement”

Rolling Stone: “Border Patrol Supports ‘Strong’ Immigration Deal. Republicans Don’t Care”

Trump: “Please blame it on me.”

Trump: “I think [Republicans] are making a terrible mistake if they vote for the bill.”

CNN: “The border compromise would represent a dramatic change of immigration law on lines many Republicans have long supported.”

CNN: “Trump, who is hoping to make immigration a key plank of his presidential campaign, has suggested on Truth Social that approving additional resources for the border would make Republicans ‘look bad.’”

Johnson called the bipartisan border security bill “dead on arrival” – despite repeatedly calling for action to secure the border and saying it “is a job for Congress.”

Johnson: “Our immigration system is broken. Reforming that system is a job for Congress.”

Johnson: “The crisis at our southern border has deteriorated to such an extent that significant action can wait no longer.”

Johnson: “I do think it’s past time to secure the border.”

Two-thirds of Americans support the bipartisan border security deal that Trump directed MAGA Republicans to reject.

Navigator Research: “Two in Three Americans Support the Bipartisan Immigration Deal”

“Two in three Americans supported the bipartisan immigration deal reached in the Senate, but that will not be taken up for a vote in the House… On the Republican approach to the recent immigration package, Americans’ greatest concerns are that they are focused on the wrong issues and playing politics.

“The immigration deal earns support across party lines, including among three in four Republicans (net +58; 74 percent support –16 percent oppose), two in three independents (net +48; 64 percent support – 16 percent oppose), and three in five Democrats (net +32; 59 percent support – 27 percent oppose).”

Third Way: “Voters like the deal, both as a whole and individual components… Across the board, both swing and base voters are remarkably aligned in favor of the big security components of the deal… It’s not just the tough on the border policies that voters like—they also understand that a major piece of restoring order must be providing orderly pathways for people to come to this country in other ways.”

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