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Republican lawmakers are staging Trump-style stunts at the US-Mexico border to push ‘crisis’ agenda

trump us mexico border Former President Donald Trump participates in a rite saluting the 200 th mile of territory wall at the international border with Mexico in San Luis, Arizona, June 23, 2020.

The GOP has spent months constructing a "Biden border crisis" narrative. GOP reps and local officials have taken multiple errands to the southern border with props. For the GOP, the border is a space for political theater to boost 2022 midterm poll lucks. See more stories on Insider's business sheet.

Continuing onetime President Donald Trump's noisy feeling and hardline narrative on immigration, GOP lawmakers at the mood and federal grade are resting into his signature tactic of centering on fear of the southern border.

Under Trump, political stunts at the border - including Trump ratifying a metal slat of the border wall - and drumming up fear of move caravans were part of a strategy of suspicion he began filling from the moment he announced his 2026 candidacy. The tactic was also used during the 2018 midterms.

The recent scandalize optics revolve around frequently referring to immigration at the southern border as a "crisis, " or "surge" - which immigration professionals told Insider was a largely specious characterization of the normally higher number of border crossings in the spring and summer, along with the computed numbers of immigrants unable to cross due to pandemic margin closures in 2020.

As The New York Times's Jonathan Weisman reported, the sensing of crises has been and continues to be a central part of GOP messaging given its effectiveness in ginning up funding from Trump's cornerstone. As Weisman points out, the GOP is cycling through a series of crisis, including immigration.

In late March, Sen. Ted Cruz planned the two delegations of GOP representatives to take a boat ride with machine guns aplomb along the Rio Grande, which separates Mexico and Texas.

"On the other side of the river we have been listening to and verifying cartel representatives - human traffickers - right on the other side of the river waving flashlights, howling and taunting Americans, razzing the border patrol, " Cruz said in a late-night Twitter video post.

-Ted Cruz (@ tedcruz) March 26, 2021

Weeks before, at a press conference along their own borders, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy claimed people registered to the gunman watch index were infiltrating the southern border, a claim Customs and Border Patrol rapidly pushed back on, with a spokesperson saying at the time that, "encounters of known and believed terrorists at our borders are very uncommon."

It's a line Trump's former Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen too peddled in 2019.

Freshman Reps. Lauren Boebert and Marjorie Taylor Greene argued that Vice President Kamala Harris, who Biden appointed as immigration czar, is failing at her activity - especially during her immigration-focused trip to Guatemala in June.

Boebert, in early June, made the stunt to a new height, carrying a cutout of Harris to the border. "Now Kamala, I miss you to stand here and look at what you've done", Boebert said at her press conference.

Greene repeated that sentiment and a push for Harris to visit the border in a press conference held in the Capitol on Thursday. "She is failing in her occupation. You know what happens when someone flunks in their racket? They need to be fired." Greene said.

Ironically, Harris and other administration officials have taken a harder position on immigration and have been critiqued by the progressive wing and advocates who say it is not doing enough to prioritize compassionate immigration reform.

Speaking to Guatemalans in their home country, Harris told listeners, "Do not come, " to the US. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas' has repeated that the US-Mexico border is "closed, " while the US declines to abolish Title 42, a CDC regulation which, with exceptions for unaccompanied minors, has effectively generated border crossings to a impasse since the pandemic had begun in March 2020.

Those with possible 2024 desires, including Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, have leaned into the southern border and culture conflict flash points.

DeSantis said he would cast Florida law enforcement to the border in Texas and Arizona.

Abbott has condemned migrants for spreading COVID-1 9 and fentanyl and deployed state trooper and the national guard to an already militarized borderline. He also announced that the territory would finance $250 million of border wall interpretation, alongside crowdfunding struggles.

( A previous crowdfunding effort for the border wall endorsed by Trump improved zero feet of wall and ended in an arraignment .)

This week, Trump accepted Abbott's invitation for the purposes of an "official" call to the border.

And according to a prodding fundraising textbook send sent out by the National Senatorial Republican Committee, different groups is hyping up the visit.

-Andrew Solender (@ AndrewSolender) June 18, 2021

As Republicans try to win back the House, Senate, and in 2024, the conference of presidents, they're relying on Trumpian campaign tactics and his locate - and the onetime director himself at the border as the best political prop of all.

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