GOP reps spar with Oversight Dems at border hearing over ‘white nationalist’ claim

Republicans on the House Oversight Committee took aim at a tweet by their Democratic counterparts accusing them of fueling “white nationalist conspiracy theories” with a hearing on southern border security. .

Chairman James Comer highlighted the tweet at the start of the hearing, which includes Border Patrol agents and is “on the front lines of the border crisis.”

Oversight Committee Democrats tweeted “good morning and good luck” to everyone but Republican members, “who will make today’s hearing white nationalist rather than a comprehensive solution to securing our borders and strengthening our immigration system.” are being used to promote conspiracy theories.”

Comer called the tweet “disturbing” and warned that the tweet violated House rules.

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“While vigorous disagreement is part of the legislative process. Members are reminded that we must adhere to established standards of decorum and debate.”

“It is a violation of the rules of the House and the rules of this committee to engage in personas about other members or to question the motives of a colleague. So the kind of remarks we just saw in the tweet, according to the rules. Not allowed and not in keeping with the best traditions of our committee,” he said.

Rep. Byron Donalds, R-Fla.

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“My colleagues on the other side of the aisle who want to say we’re using this hearing to promote white nationalism,” he said. “I’m not doing that.”

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He continued: “So if you feel like coming over to this side of the room and talking about it face-to-face, that kind of silly stuff just for somebody else. Don’t bring it up here today, this is serious stuff. Is.”

A Border Patrol agent on horseback patrols the area near where the U.S.-Mexico border fence meets the Pacific Ocean on November 7, 2021. (Federic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images)

Hearings on the crisis at the border, which has seen more than 2.3 million immigrants in fiscal year 2022 and more than 251,000 in December alone, include two Border Patrol chief patrol agents.

Chief Patrol Agent John Modlin leads the agency in the Tucson sector, while Chief Patrol Agent Gloria Chavez runs the agency in the Rio Grande Valley.

It is one of several hearings being held or planned by House Republicans. Republicans have tried to blame the crisis on the policies of the Biden administration. Democrats and the White House have accused Republicans of blocking an immigration reform plan that they say would restore a “broken” system. Republicans rejected the plan because of its inclusion of a massive amnesty for the millions of illegal immigrants already in the country.

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