“I would absolutely close the government down over the border crisis,” Response from Rep. Pat Fallon

Frontline America reached out to Rep. Pat Fallon. (R-TX) after the exchange he had with our founder, Real America’s Voice correspondent Ben Bergquam, on Wednesday.

We asked if he had any comment on the ‘call for action’ from the War Room program to contact Fallon’s office with concerns about what happened when Bergquam asked a question about closing down the government- and got some blowback.

We wanted to give Fallon a chance to clarify his position when asked if anyone attending the border meeting would be willing to shut the government down this month to secure the border.

What we found is that we are on the same page- to shut the government down over the border crisis if nothing else can be done.

Rep. Fallon, to his credit, returned our call personally and engaged in a lengthy, educational, and pleasant conversation, offering up his point of view that he would, in fact, “absolutely” be willing to close down the government over the border crisis. Further, Fallon made the following points in a prepared statement to support his determined desire to secure the border.

Rep. Fallon and his team prepared this statement for us, and we are thankful for his time and the clarification of his point of view.

We are this close to unity and to saving our Republic:

Rep. Pat Fallon’s Statement to Frontline America


The border under Biden is an unmitigated disaster. It’s no longer a crisis–it’s a cataclysm. Biden, his sycophant Mayorkas, along with their leftist cronies have proven time and time again that they are committed to amnesty and an open border. Their policies benefit one group among all others, the Mexican drug cartels.

Unlike President Trump, Biden has put America last. You don’t even need to take my word for it, just look at the figures. All day long, the Left can lie, obfuscate and take things out of context. They’re entitled to their own delusions but not their own facts.

Here are some inconvenient (for lefties) truths. Under the first 34 months of the Obama administration, there were about 1.5 million total illegal border crossings. Under President Trump, there were about 1.6 million. Under Joe Biden, there has now been a record 8.5 million in his first 34 months–that’s 500 percent worse!

Before Joe Biden, we had only two months in American history with over 200,000 illegal border crossings, which were outliers, for sure. Under Biden, we have seen a record 20 months of 200,000 illegal border crossings, and just saw a further record 300,000 illegal crossings this past December, alone.

There have been 170 countries represented by people who cross illegally under Joe Biden. Last fiscal year, Customs and Border Patrol encountered 169 individuals on the terrorist watch list.

In 2019, under President Trump, 323 Chinese nationals illegally crossed our border. Last year, under Joe Biden, there were 24,000. So, by any measure, the catastrophe on the southern border has never been worse, and the border has never been so wide open to criminal activity and illegal migration.

By all means, the cartels, not the U.S. government, control our southern border. Biden has abdicated that responsibility to some of the world’s most evil people and he’s doing their bidding. In fact, the cartels could not have a better ally, or moreso business partner in the White House.

80,000 Americans died last year to opioid overdoses, mostly due to fentanyl, made in China and moved through Mexico and our porous southern border to poison our citizens. This is asymmetrical warfare being waged by the communists in Beijing.

Biden’s waving the white flag as the cartels make record profits not only through narcotics smuggling, but through human trafficking. They use human beings as expendable tools to sow chaos and get rich.

Take for example the Del Rio sector, which they recently flooded with tens of thousands of illegals. Border Patrol was forced to allocate all of their resources to process these illegal migrants, which left the rest of the sector entirely unmanned and unguarded, which was precisely the cartel’s intent. They aim to flood a certain point, which will then leave hundreds of miles unguarded.

The cartels also charge migrants directly at our border, use many of them as drug mules, then send other migrants by way of surge tactics over our thinly patrolled border. The cartels are able to exploit this and make more money when they can pull our men and women in uniform out of line.

What Biden has done is send a signal to the world that if you can make it within our borders, you can stay. We don’t even know who these individuals are, which makes this a massive national security threat.

We must secure our border, forthwith. If Biden doesn’t want to get serious about securing our border, then why should House Republicans be obliged to fund his government?

This is an existential threat that needed to be addressed, yesterday. Three years have gone by and Biden has left no doubt in any objective mind that, unless his hand is forced, he will not secure the border. In my view it is clear that House Republicans have no choice but to force his hand.

Legislation supported by Rep. Pat Fallon in the interest of border security and ending the ongoing border crisis (* indicates sponsored legislation):

118th Congress


Impeaching Alejandro Nicholas Mayorkas, Secretary of Homeland Security, for high crimes and misdemeanors.


American Safety and Fairness Through Expedited Removal (SAFER) Act

This bill would:

Rescind the rule that establishes the 100-air-mile-14-day limitation;

Restrict the Department of Homeland Security from implementing any more rules with distance limitations;

Require all illegal aliens – anywhere in the country – who procured admission through fraud or misrepresentation or did not obtain valid entry documents, and have been present fewer than two years, be processed through expedited removal; and

Grant future Republican administrations discretion to expand expedited removal further if circumstances call for it.

*H.R. 1286

Lone Star Reimbursement Act

Requires the Department of Defense to reimburse the State of Texas for the costs of Operation Lone Star incurred in fiscal years 2021 and 2022.


To prohibit the Secretary of Homeland Security from implementing or enforcing a remain in Texas policy.


No IDs for Illegals Act


Resist Executive Amnesty on Defense Installations (READI) Act

Prohibit the housing of illegal immigrants on any military installation within the United States.


Empowering Law Enforcement Act of 2023


Border Construction Materials Transfer Act of 2023

Requires the federal government to transfer to the states of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California, without reimbursement, any unused material associated with the construction of barriers along the Southwest border.

H.J. Res. 18

AUMF Cartel Influence Resolution

Authorizes the President to use the Armed Forces against foreign nations, foreign organizations, or foreign persons affiliated with foreign organizations that the President determines are involved in trafficking fentanyl or fentanyl-related substances into the United States.

117th Congress


Abolishing the Lottery & Immigration Enforcement Now (Alien) Act

This bill would:

terminating the visa lottery system formally known as the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program;

eliminating abuse of the asylum process by removing the social grouping loophole; and

establishing penalties for individuals that overstay their visa – including but not limited to:

a fine of up to $1,000 each day that they remain in the U.S. or face a jail sentence of up to a year;

a 5-year ban on legal re-entry, a 10-year ban on removal relief;

a 15-year ban on applying for legal permanent residence (green card); and lastly,

it would establish a two-strike rule that permanently bars individuals from applying for re-entry to the United States if they are caught overstaying a visa twice.


Closing Loopholes and Ending Asylum Abuse Act

Would remove language in immigration law that allows asylum claims at the southern border to be made between ports of entry, and would also exclude those who have entered the country unlawfully. It would also authorize the establishment of designated asylum offices abroad.



Requires the Department of Homeland Security to collect biometric information from an alien who is seeking entry into the United States, apprehended by Customs and Border Protection, or when administering an immigration benefit.


Border Czar Accountability Act of 2022

Requires any Cabinet member appointed by the President to lead efforts related to immigration or securing the U.S.-Mexico Border to visit the border every 60 days. It also requires the Cabinet Member(s) to submit a report to the President and Congress no later than 15 days after each visit, explaining their findings and outlining solutions for improving the security and situation at the southern border. If the report is not submitted, then no federal funds will be given or expended to immigration efforts led by that Cabinet Member.


Immigration Transparency and Transit Notification Act

Requires DHS & HHS notify all relevant officials at the federal, state, and local levels when transporting illegal immigrants or unaccompanied alien children to their state.


National Security and Federal Lands Protection Act

Prohibit the Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture from taking actions which impede Border Security from doing their job on federal land within 100 miles of the U.S. border with Mexico and Canada.


Make the Migrant Protection Protocols Mandatory Act

Requires aliens seeking asylum at the Southern border or without proper documentation to return to Mexico to wait for their immigration proceedings.


Transparency of Migration Act

Requires the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to make certain information relating to individuals processed through or apprehended by Custom and Border Protection (CBP) or HHS facilities publicly available on department websites.


Stopping Border Surges Act

This bill fixes problems caused by the Flores Settlement Agreement that prevents DHS from detaining family units for more than 20 days, ensures that unaccompanied alien children are quickly and safely returned home, and promotes increased integrity in the asylum system.


REMAIN in Mexico Act


State Border Security Reimbursement Act

Requires the federal government to reimburse eligible states for their border security expenses.

H.R. 2729

Finish the Wall Act 

Requires DHS to resume activities related to the construction of a barrier system along the U.S.-Mexico border and addresses other border-related issues.


SAFE Border Act 

Creates a grant program for those near the Southern Border whose property has been damaged by illegal immigration.


Recognizing that Article I, Section 10 of the United States Constitution explicitly reserves to the States the sovereign power to repel an invasion and defend their citizenry from the overwhelming and “imminent danger” posed by paramilitary, narco-terrorist cartels who have seized control of our southern border.


Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that Vice President Kamala Harris should be removed from her position as the head of the Biden administration’s strategy to address the root causes of migration.


Recognizing the border crisis as a threat to national security and supporting Governor Greg Abbott’s initiative in completing the border wall.

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