A super PAC backing former President Donald Trump has dropped a new ad blaming President Biden for the caught-on-camera beating of two New York Police Department officers last month by a mob of migrants.
In the spot, titled “Joe Biden’s Middle Finger,” the Make America Great Again, Inc. PAC highlighted Biden’s pledge to reverse Trump’s hardline immigration policies and blamed him for the border crisis.
“Joe Biden’s open border policies are a middle finger to every law-abiding American. He has the power to stop the invasion and yet he is doing nothing,” spokesman Alex Pfeiffer told The Post.
Four of the migrants filmed pummeling the officers were later released on no bail before skipping town. Another migrant accused in the assault greeted media covering his arraignment by flipping double birds upon his release.
MAGA Inc. also spotlighted Biden’s decision to scrap Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” policy, which required asylum seekers to stay south of the border while their claims played out in court.
Meanwhile, Biden has blamed his predecessor for tanking efforts to address the border crisis by opposing the $118 billion national security supplemental package released Sunday.
The White House has accused Trump of whipping up Republican opposition to the compromise to preserve the border crisis as an issue ahead of the Nov. 5 election.
“‘Will House Republicans say ‘yes’ to more law enforcement like Border Patrol, whose union supports this bipartisan deal, or will they instead say ‘yes’ to more fentanyl & to Donald Trump’s insistence that border security be delayed?’” White House deputy press secretary Andrew Bates wrote in a recent memo.
House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) and a myriad of other Republicans have come out in opposition to the bill on the grounds that it does not adequately restrict illegal immigration.
Negotiators, including Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.), who represented the GOP in deliberations, have accused detractors of misleading the public on provisions in the deal.
The supplemental sets aside $20 billion for the border and establishes an authority to automatically reject migrants trying to enter the US once crossings exceed an average of 5,000 per day over a seven-day period.
It also creates mechanisms intended to rapidly separate and dispose of dubious asylum claims.
Negotiator Kyrsten Sinema (I-Ariz.) hailed those provisions as an end to “catch and release,” in which migrants are released from detention into the US to await an asylum ruling by an overloaded system.
During fiscal year 2023, which ended Sept. 30, a record-breaking 2.47 million migrant encounters were recorded along the Mexico frontier, according to US Customs and Border Protection.
Another 302,034 people illegally crossing the border were apprehended in December.