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Rep Biggs says trade is the solution for the border crisis as China amps up trade with Central America

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By Jenny Goldsberry

Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) told Sara Carter that fixing the border crisis might just lead to better economy for the entire western hemisphere in an interview. Biggs joined on the latest episode of the Sara Carter Show Monday.

Border Crisis

As House Border Caucus cochair, Biggs watches the Biden administration mishandle the border crisis every day. He says the Democratic party is going about it the wrong way.

“Well, the the number one solution for every problem in the United States and in the world to a Democrat, is to throw money at it,” Biggs said. But it’s not working.

“The northern triangle states, Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador, they are looking for a way to overcome their own their own domestic problems,” the Arizona representative told Carter. “And one of the ways you do that is you provide opportunities to trade with with a country that that that will actually lift you through that trade.”

It’s a solution that even Guatemalan Congressman Montana told Carter in weeks ago. “Because it’s trade, not aid, we don’t want handouts,” Montano said at the time. “We want the American market to be more open towards us.” President Giammatei also asked the United States for more free trade agreements.

China in Central America

Meanwhile, China makes free trade agreements with Central America. They are giving the northern triangle states plenty of opportunity to grow.

“In our own hemisphere, China owns so much around the canal, Panama Canal,” Biggs said. “And you’ve got the northern triangle states that are being influenced with the Belt and Road Initiative.”

The Belt and Road Initiative is China’s attempt to build infrastructure for a route to connect over 60 countries in the eastern hemisphere. Biggs wants the U.S. to follow China’s footsteps and help in building bilateral relationships.

“And then it would also increase the economy of the entire hemisphere,” Biggs said.

You can follow Jenny Goldsberry on Twitter @jennyjournalism.

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Analysis: Biden unlikely to sanction Iran’s oil exports, gas prices ‘critical during an election year’

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Analysts say President Joe Biden is unlikely to “prompt dramatic sanctions action on Iran’s oil exports” due to “worries about boosting oil prices and angering top buyer China” according to Reuters.

Speaking to Fox News on Sunday, House Republican Representative Steve Scalise, said the administration had made it easier for Iran to sell its oil, generating revenues that were being used to “go fund terrorist activity.”

The Biden administration has maintained for months that among its primary goals is to keep the Gaza conflict between terror group Hamas and Israel from turning into a wider regional war. However, House Republican leaders accused President Joe Biden of failing to enforce existing measures and said they would take up this week a series of bills to sharpen sanctions on Iran.

Kimberly Donovan, a sanctions and anti-money laundering expert at the Atlantic Council, said that oil-related sanctions have not been strictly enforced in the past couple of years.

“I would not expect the administration to tighten enforcement in response to Iran’s missile and drone attacks against Israel over the weekend, mainly for concerns (that) could lead to increases in oil prices,” she said.

“The price of oil and ultimately the prices of gas at the pump become critical during an election year.”
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