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The Border Battle: Johnson vs. Biden in a Political Tug-of-War

Imagine a game of tug-of-war, but instead of rope, there’s a heated debate on immigration policies, and on each end are House Speaker Mike Johnson and President Joe Biden. The field? None other than the U.S. political arena.

Johnson, in a move as bold as a cowboy in a rodeo, called on Biden to single-handedly lasso the immigration reform issue. Picture Johnson, cowboy hat in place, riding the horse of politics, lasso swinging. “President Biden falsely claimed yesterday he needs Congress to pass a new law to allow him to close the southern border, but he knows that is untrue,” Johnson declared on X, the social media platform that’s as buzzing as a beehive. It’s like Johnson’s saying, “Hold your horses, Mr. President, you’ve got the reins!”

But wait, there’s more to this showdown. Johnson and his fellow conservatives are wagging their fingers at an immigration deal that, in their eyes, is as full of holes as Swiss cheese. Johnson, not one to mince words, says the deal could allow a stampede of up to 150,000 illegal crossings each month. The advocates of the bill, on the other hand, are shaking their heads, assuring that the actual number would be much lower, like a stream compared to a river.

Enter the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with a plan that’s as detailed as a NASA launch sequence. They’ve got thresholds set for when to hit the brakes on illegal crossings, with numbers like a daily average of 5,000 migrants or a one-day total of 8,500. It’s like they have a big red button labeled “Border Shutdown,” ready to press when needed. And Biden? He’s poised to use that authority as aggressively as a chef uses a spice rack.

Picture the border as a tap that can be turned on and off. If the shutdown is enforced, it would take two weeks of significantly lower illegal crossings (we’re talking around 2,000) to turn the tap back on. It’s like a game of Red Light, Green Light, but with border crossings.

Johnson’s message is like a hot potato thrown right after Biden’s passionate plea to Congress on Friday to pass a bipartisan law addressing this very issue. Biden’s stance? As strong as a double-shot espresso. “It would give me, as President, a new emergency authority to shut down the border when it becomes overwhelmed. And if given that authority, I would use it the day I sign the bill into law,” Biden declared.

Johnson, not one to let the ball drop, fired off a Friday letter to senators, calling the proposed deal “dead on arrival” in the House. He’s citing Title 8 of the Immigration and Nationality Act and an Oct. 2017 Supreme Court ruling like a lawyer citing case law. Johnson’s urging Biden to take matters into his own hands, including restarting construction of the infamous border wall.

Trump, never one to sit out a political spectacle, chimed in on Saturday, saying, “A bad border deal is far worse than no border deal.” It’s like he’s sitting on the sidelines, shouting advice to the players.

In this political tug-of-war, it’s clear that both sides are pulling with all their might. Johnson wants immediate action, while Biden is pushing for a more comprehensive solution. It’s a bit like two chefs arguing over the best recipe for a pie – each convinced their way is the best. Who will emerge victorious in this border battle? Only time will tell. So grab your popcorn, folks, because this political drama is far from over.