Angry Wives of Border Patrol Agents Have Had Enough of Biden’s Policy, Take Matters Into Their Own Hands

If President Joe Biden doesn’t allow border police to solve the border crisis, maybe it’s time for their wives to join the fight.

Not as agents, mind you. No, Irene Armendariz-Jackson, Mayra Flores and Cassy Garcia have a different idea.

All three Hispanic women, all married to border patrol officers, are running as Republicans in border counties against Democrats who, to varying degrees, have enabled the government’s lax border policies.

As Anna Giaritelli of the Washington Examiner put it, the three Texas candidates are “determined to give a voice to the 20,000 federal law enforcement officers who have arrested 3.6 million illegal immigrants since President Joe Biden took office.”

At least one of the border patrol women has already moved into Congress: Flores, who won a special election in Texas’ 34th congressional district earlier this year. However, she will face a tougher challenge in November when she faces Democratic Rep. Vicente Gonzalez Jr., who is running against her on a constituency re-election.

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According to Ballotpedia, the newly drawn district would have gone heavily to Joe Biden in the 2020 election, with the president taking 57 percent of the vote.

However, Flores managed to win the special election by capitalizing on Latinos’ frustrations with the Democrats, including illegal immigration. In the general election, she continued to pound the Democrats on border security.

“We have a border that is completely out of control,” Flores said, according to the examiner.

“It’s not just a humanitarian crisis. It is also a national security crisis. … Our border protection focuses on women and children. You can’t focus on the incoming terrorists,” she said.

Garcia, meanwhile, beat out six other Republicans for a chance to replace Democratic Rep. Henry Cuellar, who has been a fixture in Congress since 2005.

Cuellar – whose sprawling district stretches from the Laredo border to the city of San Antonio – has occasionally staged symbolic protests against unchecked illegal immigration. However, he is a staunch opponent of any kind of border fence.

In 2017, he criticized then-President Donald Trump for threatening to shut down the government to “build his symbolic border wall” and said Trump “wanted to punish the American people.”

“President Trump should lead the nation and encourage investment in border security measures that actually work,” Cuellar said.

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Yes, and that would have been a border wall. The fact that it wasn’t built has made life much more difficult for agents like Garcia’s husband, who has served with the Border Patrol for 26 years.

“The support they’re not getting from the administration is incredible,” said Garcia, a former aide to GOP Sen. Ted Cruz.

The Republican nominee also poked fun at the administration’s attempts to crack down on illegal immigration by giving Vice President Kamala Harris the task of investigating the “root causes” of illegal immigration.

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“I think she’s still trying to figure out the root causes, right? We know the causes, right? They don’t enforce laws,” Garcia said, according to the examiner.

As for Armendariz-Jackson, her husband retired from Border Patrol after 24 years for refusing to comply with the Biden administration’s COVID-19 vaccination mandate.

“Because of Biden’s tyrannical vaccination mandate, he had to take an early retirement. He served El Paso and America well — he genuinely loved his job. This is a sad day for our family,” she said in a December 2021 tweet thread.

“My husband was lucky enough to be able to take early retirement, but a lot of people just have to quit. It’s wrong and pathetic,” Armendariz-Jackson continued.

“What we inject into our bodies is our choice. That’s a major reason I’m running for Congress in Texas’ 16th Circuit. Our country deserves better. The men and women who served us [Customs and Border Protection] & in the armed forces deserve better.”

Armendariz-Jackson quit her job as a real estate agent to challenge Democrat Veronica Escobar. She replaced Beto O’Rourke after the then representative embarked on a life’s journey of losing successively every senior office he could possibly run for.

While Escobar hasn’t engaged in some of Beto’s more awkward habits — like live-streaming his dental appointments to look hip to the kids — she’s no better on political issues, particularly illegal immigration.

Escobar, who once helped advocate legislation that would decriminalize illegal border crossings, has repeatedly clashed with GOP Texas Gov. Greg Abbott over his response to the border crisis.

According to The Texan, Escobar called Abbott’s July mobilization of the Texas Department of Public Safety and the National Guard at the border “unconstitutional, dangerous and irresponsible” and instead suggested that “[i]The proliferation of legal avenues will help curb some human trafficking.”

In short, each of these three Republican women would be a marked improvement over their rivals.

For the first time ever, the number of arrests of illegal immigrants attempting to cross the country’s southern border – euphemistically referred to by the sterile term “encounters” – has hit 2 million so far this fiscal year, according to the New York Post. And those are, mind you, the ones that were Caught.

The Democrats don’t want a wall, they don’t want to mobilize law enforcement to deal with the crisis, and they certainly don’t want to support the Border Patrol.

There’s only so much individual agents can do. However, their wives can potentially do much more – if elected.

tags:

Midterm Elections 2022, Biden Administration, Border Crisis, Border Patrol, Border Security, Hispanics, Illegal Immigration, Immigration, Joe Biden, Politics, Republicans, Texas

C. Douglas Golden is a writer who divides his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he has written for the Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014.

C. Douglas Golden is a writer who divides his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he has written for the Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014. Aside from politics, he enjoys spending time with his wife, literature (particularly British comics and modern Japanese literature), indie rock, coffee, Formula One and football (both American and international variants).

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Morristown, New Jersey

education

Catholic University of America

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English Spanish

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American politics, world politics, culture

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