Is the Border Secure? Sen. Hirono: ‘There is More Work That We Need to Do’

Lauren Shank | September 15, 2022 | 11:29am EDT
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Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii)   (Getty Images)
Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) (Getty Images)

(CNS News) – When asked whether Vice President Kamala Harris’s recent comment that the U.S.-Mexico border “is secure” is true, Senator Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) said she believes there is “more work that we need to do.”

At the Capitol on Sept. 14, CNS News asked Senator Hirono, “Vice President Harris said on Meet the Press on Sunday that the border is secure. Was that a true statement?”

Hirono replied, “I think there is more work that we need to do. But, you know, I’m much more concentrated frankly on — I realize that there’s work to do there -- but when we are focusing on healthcare needs in our country, and we just had a hearing in the Judiciary subcommittee on the huge need for doctors, nurses and healthcare aides in our country.”

“And the fact that our immigration system, with regard to having international doctors and workers in our country, it’s broken and that’s pretty immediate,” she said. “There’s a crisis situation regarding healthcare. So, I’m focusing on that.”

On NBC’s Meet the Press, Sept. 11, Vice President Harris said, “We have a secure border, in that, that is a priority for any nation including ours and our administration.”

She also said, “but we also have a broken immigration system” and “we also have to put in place a law and a plan for a pathway for citizenship.”

As CNS News has reported, “In fiscal 2020, Trump’s last full year in office, Customs and Border Protection reported that it encountered 458,088 people trying to illegally cross the U.S.-Mexico border into the United States.”

“In fiscal 2021, the year Biden succeeded Trump, the number of people CBP encountered trying to illegally cross the U.S.-Mexico border jumped to 1,734,686.”

Within the first 10 months of this fiscal year (October through July), CBP has encountered 1,946,780 illegal border-crossers.

It is estimated that at least 15.5 million illegal immigrants are living in the United States.

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