Arizona Republican Senate candidate Jim Lamon is vowing to do everything he can to codify former President Donald Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” immigration policy that the Biden administration “destroyed.”
During an appearance on Newsmax’s “The Count” on Saturday, the GOP Senate candidate pushed back on the Biden administration’s claims that it decided to add to parts of the border wall in Arizona in order to “clean up the mess” caused by the Trump administration. Lamon went on to argue that under President Joe Biden, the situation at the U.S.-Mexico border is worse than ever and one of the solutions to the problem is to codify the Trump-era “Remain in Mexico” policies.
“We have drug overdoses [from drugs] that are coming through that border that are killing 2,600 Americans a week, you know,” he said. “There’s a lot of mess to clean up in that White House, but what we need in Arizona is the remain in Mexico policy that Biden destroyed as an executive order. I need to get that done in U.S. law. In the Senate, I’ll do everything I can to make that happen so that one president doesn’t stop what one another was making great progress on.”
Lamon’s comments come following the Biden administration’s sudden reversal of the president’s campaign promise that “There will not be another foot of wall constructed on my administration.”
During Friday’s press briefing, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre claimed that the plans announced this week to finish out 40 miles of border wall in Arizona were not intended to finish the wall, but because the Biden administration is “cleaning up the mess the prior administration left behind in their — in their failed attempt to build a wall.”
The press secretary went on to assert that the Biden administration is “trying to save lives. This is what is — this is what the prior administration left behind that we are now cleaning up.” Following the trend of the White House redefining words and phrases, Jean-Pierre also repeatedly denied that the administration is building a wall, despite the fact that they are literally building sections of a wall.
Lamon argued on Newsmax that, while the Biden administration will “do a few gaps,” they will not actually finish out the 40 miles that were left open in his state after the president took office.
“I will certainly bet a large steak dinner here in Arizona that they’re not going to do a thing with it,” he said. “My opponent, Blake Masters, has written extensively about open borders and open drug trade being fashionable, and that he is a strong libertarian, he said that should occur.”
Lamon went on to state that he is backed by the National Border Patrol Council, and argued that the southern border must be secured in order to “stop the invasion, stop the killing of Americans that’s happening with these drug overdoses.”
According to Lamon, as a longtime businessman, he knows that it is important to listen to the experts — which in this case means the Border Patrol, who believe that the “Remain in Mexico” policy is the “absolute No. 1 thing to achieve.”
“Tomorrow morning, Biden could stop all this by going back to what President Trump had in 2020, and that was remain in Mexico so all the cases are adjudicated in the state or country the individual came from,” he said. “We had it down to 2,000 a week. This invasion currently is 52,000 a week… it’s a 9/11 every week occurring in our country because of the border situation.”
Lamon went on to assert that terrorists are entering the U.S. through the southern border, adding, “Gosh knows how many of the gotaways were actually terrorists who escaped.”
“It’s just an absolute abomination and I intend to end it as priority one when I get to the U. S. Senate on Jan. 23,” he continued.
In the same interview, the GOP candidate also spoke out against out-of-control government spending, including aid given to foreign countries and recently passed legislation concerning the manufacturing of computer chips.
“As a business guy, I’ve never built a company on debt,” Lamon said. “I built billion-dollar companies on no debts. The spending that’s out of control in D.C., whether it’s the CHIPS bill, the giveaways overseas or the military weapons that taxpayers are paying for other countries when our own border is wide open. It has to stop. You know, we’re gonna destroy our currency. This debt that we’re putting on our kids and grandkids has to stop.”