Rep. Colin Allred Skips Border Security Vote

Rep. Colin Allred | Photo by Emil Lippe/Getty Images

Rep. Colin Allred skipped a vote on border security minutes after he voted to send $60 billion of taxpayer money to Ukraine. 

Allred (D-TX), who is challenging Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) in November’s election, joined the majority in the House of Representatives to pass aid to Ukraine on Saturday afternoon. The House took up another bill on border security less than an hour later, which Allred missed.

The bill would have authorized additional border wall construction, ended “catch and release” policies at the border, and reinstated the “Remain in Mexico” policy. It failed to reach the two-thirds majority needed to pass.

Sam Cooper, a spokesperson for Cruz, told Texas Scorecard that Allred’s missed vote shows the congressman does not prioritize his state.

“The border crisis is directly impacting every community in Texas, flooding the Lone Star State with drugs and crime. When Colin had a chance to do something about it, he sat on the sidelines and refused to take a stand,” he said.

Allred’s office did not respond to a request for comment.

The congressman previously called the border wall “racist,” as reported by The Dallas Express.

“Texans deserve to know his position — and sadly, we already do: He thinks walls are racist and wants to continue Joe Biden’s open border policies. Colin is a radical who is happy to put the security of other nations ahead of our own,” Cooper told Texas Scorecard.

A poll this month showed Cruz leading Allred at 46% to 41%, as previously reported by The Dallas Express.

Allred has ties to Omar Suleiman, a Texas imam who previously warned that “the beginning of the end of Zionism is here.”

Suleiman has described the conditions under which Palestinians in Israel are living to Nazi Germany, as previously reported by The Dallas Express.

Allred has dodged questions about his relationship with Suleiman despite posting a picture with him on social media in 2019.

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