Lawmakers are flocking to the US-Mexico border this week, as Republicans wield immigration politics in opposition to the Biden administration and Democrats rush to melt the blow.

Minority Chief Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) plans to tour border services with Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) in Laredo, Texas, on Friday.

His journey comes a day after Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), joined by freshman GOP lawmakers throughout his first border journey as speaker, toured US Customs and Border Safety operations in Cochise County, Ariz., on Thursday.

“This has all obtained to alter, that’s our dedication, and that’s what we’ll make occur,” McCarthy mentioned throughout a press convention, referencing drug trafficking and border-crossers who evade authorities.

What to Know in Washington: Political Battle on Border Sharpens

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Immigrants in preserve heat by a fireplace at daybreak after spending an evening in El Paso alongside the Texas-Mexico border fence on Dec. 22, 2022.

Democratic Rep. Raúl Grijalva, whose district contains a lot of the Arizona-Mexico border, was additionally within the area Thursday to tout investments in CBP services.

The competing messaging underscores how lawmakers have locked in border safety as a key political battleground within the lead-up to the 2024 elections. Congressional delegations and committees have taken or introduced at the least a half-dozen border journeys up to now this 12 months. Ellen M. Gilmer previews the border battles to return.

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To contact the reporter on this story: Giuseppe Macri in Washington at [email protected]

To contact the editor chargeable for this story: Katrice Eborn at [email protected]