EL PASO, TX (border report). He represents half of El Paso County and 40 percent of the US-Mexico border in Congress. However, US Rep. Tony Gonzalez, D-Tex., was conspicuously absent when President Biden emerged from Air Force One in El Paso on Sunday to receive information about the migrant crisis.
On the contrary, members of the Democratic House Veronica Escobar, Henry Cuellar and Vicente Gonzalez, who also represent the border districts of Texas, flew in with the president.
“He was going to visit the area. I turned to the team and said, “Hey, I want to take part in this visit…” and they basically lied to me,” Gonzalez told Fox News radio. “I don’t care that I’m aboard Air Force One. I don’t care about pictures. I’d meet him on the runway, join the motorcade, whatever. (I wanted) 5 minutes to talk.”
Border Report has reached out to the White House for comment and is awaiting a response.
Like Escobar, whose Texas District 16 is adjacent to his District 23, Gonzalez is a cosponsor of immigration bills in the House of Representatives. Just this week, he reintroduced the Safety First Act, which provides millions of dollars in funding for local law enforcement in communities through which migrants pass and calls for the designation of Mexican drug cartels as foreign terrorist organizations.
Gonzalez also co-sponsored the bipartisan and bicameral Border Decisions Act in 2021 with Cuellar and Senator John Cornyn, Texas Republican and Democrat-turned Independent Senator Kristen Sinema of Arizona. This bill calls for the hiring of hundreds more border guards, customs and border officials, immigration judges and asylum officers.
Gonzalez said the exclusion of Republican stakeholders from the presidency in El Paso — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott was limited to being on the runway at El Paso International Airport — shows that Democrats are not interested in a bipartisan solution to the huge influx of migrants. last two years.
“They always talk about bipartisanship, accusing the Republicans of not wanting to talk to them. Turns out it’s just complete nonsense. So it’s a little frustrating,” Gonzalez told Fox this week.
The West Texas congressman said Biden took advantage of the fact that the Republicans were tied up in an attempt to elect a new speaker of the House of Representatives to “tick the box” when he appeared on the border.
“It was kid gloves, there were only Democrats around him,” Gonzalez said. “Obama never had such a boundary. Clinton never had such a boundary. Bush never had such a border, and Trump and his policies have worked. (Trump) never had such a boundary. […] This is a policy that they (the Biden administration) have instigated and they clearly don’t want to hear from anyone else, especially the people who represent the border.”