Rep. Bachmann: ‘Understatement of the Year ... Border Is Not Secure’

By Penny Starr | June 23, 2014 | 3:55 PM EDT

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) spoke at the Faith and Family Coalition's Road to Majority conference on June 20, 2014. ( Starr)

( – Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) said Friday that the “understatement” of the year is acknowledging that the U.S. border with Mexico is “not secure.”

“Here’s the understatement of the year: The United States border is not secure,” Bachmann said at last week’s Faith and Freedom Coalition’s (FFC) Road to Majority conference in Washington, D.C. “Thousands of illegals are pouring over America’s southern border.

“In fact, it’s even being reported that hundreds of illegal aliens by the hour are surging across United States’ southern border, and that is with no resistance from our government,” she said.

Bachmann was referring to government reports of a surge of unaccompanied minors that have crossed the U.S. border in recent months.

According to Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the number of unaccompanied minors apprehended along the southwest border has increased 99 percent from fiscal year 2013 (26,206) to fiscal year 2014 (52,193). Predictions show that that number could reach as many as 60,000 by the end of this year.

“Beginning last year and specifically in the last few months, CBP has seen an overall increase in the apprehension of Unaccompanied Alien Children from Central America at the Southwest Border, specifically in the Rio Grande Valley,” the CBP website states.

During a conference call on Friday, the White House blamed rumors in Central America that children would receive special treatment if they made it to the U.S. on “criminal organizations” and “smuggling networks” in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.

“Part of that is the Vice President’s trip to Guatemala today where he is meeting with officials, again, from those three -- leaders from those three countries, as well as from Mexico, to outline ways in which we will be working together to deal with this problem at its source, to make sure that we're doing everything possible both to support countries in stemming the tide of this migration, but also to deal with the misinformation that is being deliberately planted by criminal organizations, by smuggling networks, about what people can expect if they come to the United States,” Cecilia Munoz, director of the Domestic Policy Council at the White House, said referring to Vice President Joe Biden’s recent trip to Guatemala.

“That is misinformation that is being promulgated and put forward in a very deliberate way,” Munoz added.

“And part of what the Vice President’s effort as well as the administration effort overall is to make sure that people have accurate information and that we push back on the misinformation that is being spread and which is contributing to this problem,” she said.

At the FFC event last week, Bachmann said while she is leaving her seat in the House of Representatives at the end of this term, she will remain committed to the causes she has championed during her tenure in Congress.

“I may be leaving the United States Congress, but I’m not leaving the fight,” she said.