Joe Biden has been told to avoid a government shutdown in a bid to stop people flooding across the border
His comments come as the octogenarian president seeks to avoid an impending government shutdown which would see hundreds of thousands of federal workers furloughed and the suspension of a wide range of government services.
Officials in border towns have expressed concern that the government shutdown would lead to a “catastrophic situation”.
“It's totally different than the rest of the country. We're at the border,” Mayor Victor Treviño of Laredo Texas said.
“Three to four days will throw everything off scale, it'll cause devastation.”
Migrants crossing the US border
In an accompanying press conference, the House Speaker said: “If we pay attention to what happened at the border yesterday, 11,000 people came across, that’s 50,000 in the last five days.
“Now you’ve got the governor of New York and the governor of Massachusetts declaring a state of national emergency.
“The president can take action. The president can do something here that would really help us keep government open and at the same time secure our border.”
He continued: “I would welcome a meeting with the president on how to secure the border. I have asked for that from the day I took office. Let’s deal with the border.
“Just going and joining a picket line doesn’t solve the problem by having a photo-op. Why don’t you [Biden] sit down in a meeting and get serious about making sure government doesn’t shut down. I want to sit down with the president to secure that border.”