Headline RoundupMarch 5th, 2024

Border Crisis Draws Cross-Partisan Criticism

Summary from the AllSides News Team

Officials across the spectrum criticized the governing of the U.S.-Mexico border amid shifting rulings and the recent projection of the U.S. immigration court backlog hitting 8 million by October. 

Texas: U.S. District Judge David Ezra blocked Senate Bill 4 on Thursday, which would have granted Texas police authority to arrest suspected unauthorized immigrants at the border. The ruling has since been overturned and blocked by the Supreme Court after an appeal was filed by the Biden Administration on Monday. Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, who opposed the ruling, recently criticized President Joe Biden for, “not using his executive authority” to take action at the border. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, who was recently impeached by House Republicans, responded on Sunday by accusing Abbott of “trying to wreak havoc,” across the country and refusing to work with Biden. 

Nationally: Former Chief of U.S. Border Patrol Raul Ortiz spoke out about border issues in an interview Sunday. He accused Biden’s White House of ineffective management, and said he never spoke to Biden or Vice President Kamala Harris during his tenure.

For Context: Tensions surrounding the border heightened last month when Senate Republicans blocked a Biden-backed border bill.

How the Media Covered it: Sources on the left lacked coverage of Ortiz’s remarks. Center-rated sources focused more on Senate Bill 4.

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