Published On: Sat, Jul 31st, 2021

In Bipartisan Letter, Graham and Cuellar Urge Biden to Hire Jeh Johnson as Border Czar

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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) penned a bipartisan letter to President Joe Biden on July 30 urging the commander-in-chief to appoint a border czar, and recommended the former head of DHS, Jeh Johnson, or someone with similar credentials for the job. Graham and Cuellar, a Democrat representing a border county in Texas, said their concern about the “escalating situation” on the border “is neither partisan nor political.” “To solve the growing problem, we request a special executive appointment for border issues to ensure sufficient federal resources are allocated to overburdened U.S. border communities, and to recommend changes to our immigration policies as we work to regain control of the border,” Cuellar and Graham wrote in a letter (pdf) addressed to Biden and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. The rare bipartisan petition is a sign that the border crisis has spilled across political boundaries. The letter …

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