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The House Democratic coalition is urging Biden to take executive action on the border crisis

The House Democratic coalition is urging Biden to take executive action on the border crisis

A coalition of 15 Democrats in the House of Representatives urged President Joe Biden in a letter Tuesday to use an executive order to get a handle on the southern border crisis.

The lawmakers came from swing states where winning reelection is crucial if Democrats want to flip the House of Representatives in November, but the border crisis is seen as a weak spot for many liberal lawmakers.

The letter, led by Minnesota Democratic Rep. Angie Craig, blamed Republicans for failing to reach a deal that would help control border chaos but said action was still needed to fix the broken immigration system. to repair.

“It has become clear that the current situation remains untenable, but with Republicans playing politics on border security, it is time for your administration to act,” CBS News said. “We urge you to use all tools at your disposal, including executive action, to better address security at the southern border, ban illegal fentanyl, and enable orderly legal immigration.”

A White House spokesperson told the newspaper that it is still calling on Republicans in the House of Representatives to act and help resolve the issue, after Senate Republicans voted against a major border deal earlier this year.

“(C)ongressional Republicans chose to put partisan politics above our national security and rejected what border agents said they needed,” the spokesperson said. “We continue to call on Chairman Johnson and House Republicans to pass the bipartisan agreement to secure the border.”

The lawmakers argued that their constituents, even in non-border states, have all felt the effects of the border crisis that has engulfed liberal cities like New York City, Philadelphia, Chicago, Denver and Washington DC.

Lawmakers who signed the letter included Michigan Rep. Elissa Slotkin, Pennsylvania Rep. Susan Wild and Matt Cartwright, and Nevada Rep. Susie Lee and Steven Horsford.