The ad my opponent recently released saying I am weak on the southern border and “not conservative” is nothing but hogwash. 

One of the first things I did as a member of Congress was join U.S. Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.), chairman of the House Freedom Caucus at the time, in his border district to call out the brewing catastrophe at our southern border thanks to President Joe Biden’s destruction of former President Donald Trump’s border policies. I knew one of my biggest priorities in Congress would be fighting the crisis at our southern border.  

When I visited Fort Bliss near the Texas-Mexico border later that year, my cell phone was taken to stop me from recording what I was seeing. The Biden administration didn’t want anyone to document the massive number of illegal immigrants being put on buses and sent to cities around the country. I saw hundreds of migrant children being sent to unvetted sponsors at random addresses – and now more than 85,000 children are unaccounted for.  

For the last three years, I’ve been telling anyone who will listen about the atrocities I’ve seen at our border during my three visits. As a member of the House Judiciary Committee’s immigration subcommittee, I’ve questioned numerous law enforcement officers who have in turn revealed astonishing truths about this crisis.

More importantly, I’ve worked to do something about it.  

I introduced legislation to send Biden’s new army of 87,000 IRS agents – which, by the way, my opponent voted to keep when he voted for Biden’s so-called Fiscal Responsibility Act – to our southern border so they could protect the border instead of auditing middle-class families. I grilled Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas about his dereliction of duty, asking why he continues to lie to the American people, and have co-sponsored and voted in favor of articles to impeach him for his failure to uphold the law. I sat in a 16-hour markup battling with Democrats to get H.R.2, the strongest border bill in our history, passed out of the Judiciary Committee and on to the House floor.  

In the attack ad my opponent released, he first claims I didn’t support a Continuing Resolution signed into law in 2018, almost three years before I was even elected to Congress, thus insinuating that I am weak on the border. What he forgets to mention is that President Trump threatened to veto that Continuing Resolution because it was so costly and didn’t do enough to build Trump’s border wall. I guess Jerry thinks that President Trump is also weak on the border. 

The second bill he mentions is another Continuing Resolution that was dead on arrival in the Senate. I do not vote for Continuing Resolutions that continue the pattern of saddling our children and grandchildren with more crippling debt. 

My opponent, however, likes Continuing Resolutions. At least he did until we became primary opponents. Now he seems to dislike them as much as I always have. 

The two most critical threats to America today are the invasion at our southern border and our growing $34 trillion debt. Let me assure you, as a House Freedom Caucus member with the highest conservative ratings among Alabama Congressmen from both CPAC and Heritage Action, I am conservative and fighting hard to both secure our border and stop the reckless government spending that is bankrupting our children’s future.  

I'm disappointed that my opponent has chosen to lie about my record, but he's behind in the polls and desperate to cling to power, so I'm not surprised. The D.C. establishment is anxious to keep him in Washington as well, so I imagine this will be the first of many false attacks thrown my way. 

That's OK. I'll run on my America First, pro-Trump record and trust in the people of Alabama District 1 to decide who they want to represent them.

Congressman Barry Moore is the U.S. Representative for AL-02 and lives in Enterprise, Alabama with his family. He serves on the House Judiciary Committee and House Agriculture Committee in Congress.

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Editor's note: The use of "Inflation Reduction Act" was updated to say "Fiscal Responsibility Act."

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