Moskowitz Says Border Crisis Solvable, But Politics Prevents Solution

Moskowitz Says Border Crisis Solvable, But Politics Prevents Solution

Grayson Bakich
Grayson Bakich
January 10, 2024

The severity of the border crisis means it is a bipartisan issue, yet members of Congress do not wish to give the other party a political victory. Representative Jared Moskowitz (D-FL) discussed the issue during a recent appearance on Fox News's Your World, saying a deal on the southern border is still possible and that "it is critical to the country" for Congress to make a deal.

Rep. Moskowitz acknowledged that the border crisis is indeed a crisis, "but the problem is right now, how can we fix the border when we cannot fix Congress?"

"We have members of here that are literally saying out loud, some of my colleagues across the aisle, that they do not want to fix the problem at the border because they do not want to give Democrats a win," Rep. Moskowitz added, saying, "We like to not solve problems" in Washington, an attitude prevailing for decades under multiple presidents and likely referencing the hardline stance of Republicans such as Representatives Byron Donalds (R-FL) and Cory Mills (R-FL), who have said "secure the border or shut down the government."

Regardless, Rep. Moskowitz reiterated, "I am willing to work with my colleagues across the aisle to address all the issues going on at the border: fentanyl, folks coming in illegally, dealing with some of the asylum issues, and I hope we get a deal, it is critical to the country."

Host Neil Cavuto pointed out that House Republicans have argued President Biden does not see how bad the border crisis is and if it is too late to make a deal.

Moskowitz replied the issue is still solvable before the 2024 Presidential Election and that President Biden has spoken in favor of implementing policies found in HR2, the Secure the Border Act, passed by the House in May.

"I think what has happened now is the political calculus, with the president coming out saying, 'I am willing to address it,' there are members saying, 'Well, should we address it or should we keep it a problem so we can use it in the next election?' You know, it does not matter who is in charge up here. Once we get into an election year, everyone starts jockeying to figure out what to hang on for the next election," Moskowitz concluded.

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Grayson Bakich

Grayson Bakich

Florida born and raised, Grayson Bakich is a recent recipient of a Master’s Degree in Political Science at the University of Central Florida. His thesis examined recent trends in political polarization and how this leads into justification of violence.

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