(CNS News) -- When asked if President Joe Biden will secure the southern border, Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) said: "Yes."
At the U.S. Capitol on Thursday, CNSNews.com asked the senator: “Will President Biden secure the southern border?”
Booker replied, “Will President Biden secure the southern border? Yes!”
In a follow-up question, CNSNews.com asked, “Do you know if he’s making any efforts to do so now?”
Booker, who serves on the Senate Judiciary and Foreign Relations committees, responded, “Again, you can look at the news and see what he’s doing. That’s a question you might want to ask him.”
In the first week of his presidency, Biden revoked former President Donald Trump’s executive order that focused on securing the southern border to prevent illegal immigration. This included halting construction of the border wall Trump was building.
“The policy of my Administration is to protect national and border security, address the humanitarian challenges at the southern border, and ensure public health and safety,” Biden wrote in his order. “My Administration will reset the policies and practices for enforcing civil immigration laws to align enforcement with these values and priorities.”
Biden believed Trump’s policies were too harsh. However, southern border encounters have increased 238% during Biden’s first fiscal year as president, reported U.S. Customs and Border Protections.
At the end of September, 26 governors signed a letter to Biden addressing their concerns about the future safety of the American people, believing the practically open border is a threat to national security.
“The months-long surge in illegal crossings has instigated an international humanitarian crisis, spurred a spike in international criminal activity, and opened the floodgates to human traffickers and drug smugglers endangering public health and safety in our states,” the letter read.
The governors cited concern over the increasing levels of criminal activity, including unprecedented amounts of fentanyl crossing the southern border.
“More fentanyl has been seized this fiscal year than the last three years combined--almost 10,500 pounds of fentanyl when only 2 milligrams prove fatal,” said the governors. “This is enough to kill seven times the U.S. population.”