Biden Spokeswoman: 'We're Taking Unprecedented Action' to Secure the Border

By Susan Jones | September 14, 2022 | 7:28am EDT
A migrant family from Venezuela illegally cross the Rio Grande River in Eagle Pass, Texas, at the border with Mexico on June 30, 2022. (Photo by CHANDAN KHANNA/AFP via Getty Images)
A migrant family from Venezuela illegally cross the Rio Grande River in Eagle Pass, Texas, at the border with Mexico on June 30, 2022. (Photo by CHANDAN KHANNA/AFP via Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) - With at least 2 million people projected to cross illegally into the United States this Fiscal Year, the U.S.-Mexico border is open to anyone who wants to walk in and claim asylum; or sneak in and disappear before overwhelmed border agents can stop them.

But according to Vice President Kamala Harris, "The border is secure."

She said it twice on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday: "We have a secure border, in that that is a priority for any nation, including ours and our administration. But there are still a lot of problems that we are trying to fix, given the deterioration that happened over the last four years."

On Tuesday, a reporter asked White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, "How is the border secure?" 

"So, we see record seizures of fentanyl at the border, show we’re actually catching fentanyl before it enters the country.  So that’s how we see that," Jean-Pierre said:

"Look, as far as the border, we’re taking unprecedented action. We had to fix something that was broken, especially by the last administration. We’ve secured record levels — this is what we have been able to do — of funding for the Department of Homeland Security.

"Remember, many Republicans voted against that. Many of them who would like to invite me to the border have actually voted against that. We’ve made over 3,000 arrests as part of a first-of-its-kind anti-smuggling campaign.  We’ve installed border technology and set up — set up joint patrols with Mexico and Guatemala to catch traffickers.

"We’ve got Mexico to agree to pay $1.5 billion to improve border processing and security through smart, proven border management solutions.  And the President brought 20 world leaders together to collectively manage migration flows across the Western Hemisphere.

"Compare that to the Trump administration, which largely just tried to build a wall — an ineffective wall — along the border and couldn’t even finish that in four years. We’re certainly doing a lot more to secure the border and could be doing even more if Republicans would stop their obstruction."

The numbers tell the story of how "secure" the wide-open border is.

The chart below shows how President Trump's policies, including "remain in Mexico," discouraged illegal immigration, which has escalated month by month to record levels under Joe Biden.

(Source: CBP)
(Source: CBP)

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Vice President Harris: 'The Border Is Secure'

 

 

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