A lot has happened over the last two-plus months. The Capitol riots. The inauguration of Joe Biden as president. A failed attempt by Democrats to disqualify Donald Trump from ever holding the office again. Certain states fully opening back up for business. Andrew Cuomo’s star falling.
Through all of it has been the crisis at the southern border which, thanks in no small part to Biden all but literally rolling out the welcome mat, has gotten much worse.
Republicans have long argued that the situation at the border is not sustainable and that a wall is needed in order to stem the influx and the numerous, and sometimes deadly, problems that come with the border being too porous — especially in the middle of a pandemic. But Democrats, including Biden, have branded such arguments as “racist,” which apparently is what is supposed to pass for a substantive argument in elite, leftist circles or something.
But as illegal immigrants continue to surge the border at a record pace and the “kids in cages” scenario the Biden administration doesn’t want to admit to only worsens, Republicans are increasing their calls for strengthening border security, including calling for tightening restrictions and completing the wall.
One of the more vocal Republicans doing so is freshman Rep. Troy Nehls (TX-22). Elected in a closely-watched race last year, the former Fort Bend County, Texas, sheriff made border security a focal point during his time as sheriff and during his campaign, and has continued to since being sworn into office.
Case in point, the argument he made this week comparing the situation at the border with the situation at the Capitol building. Members of Congress are now protected by a wall and the National Guard, and will be for some time to come. The border, however, is a different matter. Nehls would know that, considering the only thing separating the county he served from the Texas/Mexico border is another county.
With that in mind, Nehls explained today how, if a wall can work in Washington, D.C., to protect privileged members of the House and Senate, it can for the citizens of his home state of Texas and the other states impacted. Watch below as he makes the argument — in 20-seconds flat:
.@RepTroyNehls slams the contradiction between the crisis at the border and the fence around the capitol.
"I tell you right now, you look at our fence out here, and I bet you it was more difficult to get in here to this press conference than it is at our southern border." pic.twitter.com/zIXqUU1Lgi
— MRCTV (@mrctv) March 10, 2021
It does not get any more matter-of-fact than that, ladies and gentlemen.
Nehls, who is originally from Wisconsin, made headlines after the Capitol riots in January when he was seen in photographs helping the Capitol police try to hold the rioters at bay.
When the Capitol breach was over, Nehls took to the Twitter machine to share his thoughts on what happened. “I was proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with Capitol police barricading entrance to our sacred House chamber, while trying to calm the situation talking to protestors,” he tweeted. “What I’m witnessing is a disgrace. We’re better than this. Violence is NEVER the answer. Law and order!”
I was proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with Capitol police barricading entrance to our sacred House chamber, while trying to calm the situation talking to protestors.
What I’m witnessing is a disgrace. We’re better than this. Violence is NEVER the answer.
Law and order! pic.twitter.com/SgN2F8YGIS
— Troy Nehls (@SheriffTNehls) January 6, 2021
Apparently, his views on “law and order” extend to the border as well. Sure would be nice if more in Congress agreed with him. Because law and order at the border – and some honesty from this White House on the issue for a change – is what’s sorely needed at this point, now more than ever.