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Vice President Kamala Harris insisted the U.S.-Mexico border is secure in a jumble of words on her ‘Meet the Press’ interview Sunday.
Harris blamed the Trump administration for a ‘broken’ immigration system.
‘I think that there is no question that we have to do what the president and I asked Congress to do, the first request we made: pass a bill to create a pathway to citizenship,’ Harris said. ‘The border is secure, but we also have a broken immigration system, in particular, over the last four years before we came in, and it needs to be fixed.’
‘We’re going to have two million people cross this border for the first time ever. You’re confident this border is secure?’ interviewer Chuck Todd pressed the vice president in the interview.
‘We have a secure border in that that is a priority for any nation including ours in our administration,’ Harris replied.
‘But there are still a lot of problems that we are trying to fix,’ she added, calling for a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.
President Biden appointed Harris to tackle the ‘root causes’ of immigration, but so far border agents have made over 2 million border apprehensions, an all-time record, this fiscal year, which ends in October. That number surpassed the already-historic 1.7 million encounters in fiscal year 2021.
Harris tried to shift blame onto Congress and Texas, where she gave the interview, instead of the administration.
‘We don’t have that in place because people are playing politics in a state like this and in Congress.’
‘By the way, you want to talk about bipartisanship on an issue that at one time was a bipartisan issue both in terms of Republican senators and even presidents,’ she added.
Gov. Greg Abbott has been bussing migrants to liberal cities like Washington, D.C. and New York in a political play designed to show them what Texas has been feeling.
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey followed suit. The political move prompted D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser to request the help of the National Guard to deal with the influx of migrants, calling the matter a ‘humanitarian crisis.’
NYC Mayor Eric Adams echoed that sentiment, requesting help to deal with the influx of migrants to his city.
With one month still left to go in the fiscal year, almost 750 border crossers have died making the dangerous journey northward to the U.S.
In July there were nearly 200,000 encounters, a decline for the second consecutive month after four months of increases climaxing in May with a record-breaking 241,116 encounters.
August figures should be released soon.