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After being elected as a Democrat, North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee is switching to the Republican Party.
Lee argued the Democrats’ “elitist” and “socialist” agenda is not one he “can stand with anymore.”
“They had an election recently for leadership, and four of the five people were card-carrying members of the Socialist Party. It’s not the party I grew up with 25 years ago in this environment, and it’s not the party I can stand with anymore. The working class, or working men and women of this country, and also the small business owners are not a part of the conversation anymore. It all has to do with the elitists and it has to do with the socialists. That is not the agenda that I have in mind for this country of the future,” Lee declared.
“When you’re a pro-life Democrat, a pro-gun Democrat, and you’re a very conservative person, that’s not really well known in the Democratic Party anymore. And so for me to hang on as long as I did, hoping the party would change, it didn’t, it got worse. So, therefore, I found a new place where I can put my allegiance and help. Once again, forget about the last eight years. It’s the next four years that predict the future,” he added.
Two lifelong Democrats recently announced they will be running for re-election as Republicans, in part, because of the worsening border crisis under Biden.
Terrell County Judge Dale Carruthers and Presidio County Judge Cinderela Guevara — two females in Texas border communities — voiced frustration with Biden’s border policies destroying their small communities.
“The single reason they switched parties, they say, is because the Biden administration’s policies led to more than 2 million people coming through the southern border from over 150 countries. The costs of crime stemming from an open border – increased trafficking and smuggling of people, weapons, and guns – to their communities has prompted them to say, “enough is enough” and do something about it,” Blankley wrote.
Carruthers said, “I come from a Hispanic heritage, which was prominently Democrat. The chaos at the border and everything that’s been going on make me realize that I needed to switch parties. I am very happy to be a Republican and to represent this great state of Texas as a judge.”
“I’ve been a Democrat since 1992,” Guevara said. “I’ve always run as a Democrat and this is my first year to run as a Republican. I’m very grateful for Gov. Abbott for all he has done for Texas and continues to do for Texas, especially with our border crisis.”
Late last month, a retired Border Patrol agent announced she left the Democrat Party over the crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border.
During an interview Monday on “Fox & Friends First,” retired CBP officer Rosa Arellano explained that the policies of the Biden administration worsened border security compared to policies in place under the Trump administration.
Arellano said former President Donald Trump inspired her to switch parties, explaining how he listened to the concerns of border agents.
“He was the first president in a long time that I recall actually came down to the border,” Arellano said on Fox News.
“When he came down, and he spoke to the subject-matter experts of Border Patrol and us, the CBP officers, he listened to us,” Arellano, who lives in Texas along the border, said.
“He listened to us letting him know that we needed a multi-layer solution to this situation. And we mentioned that we needed physical barriers, strategic locations, better infrastructure, more boots on the ground, and better technology. He listened to us, and he pointed it out to the country,” she said.
Arellano said it is “pure hypocrisy” from Democrats to call the bussing of migrants a “crisis” when border communities are overwhelmed on a daily basis.
Arellano suggested Democrats go to the border to witness the crisis firsthand.
“If they come down and they check out what’s going on, they would be baffled. We have our small border town which is just about 30,000-35,000. It’s ridiculous that we’re getting illegals entering our area at a rate of about a thousand a day.”