Vice President Kamala Harris was not content with the absurd assertion that the U.S. border with Mexico is “secure” when she spoke on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday. She took the further step of laying the blame for the “broken immigration system” at the feet of the Trump administration.
Harris made the incredible claim in the same statement as she declared to know exactly what is needed to fix the border. The vice president said the first step is to create a “pathway to citizenship,” as if there is not already one.
It was then that she said “the border is secure” but the immigration system is broken. This coming from the Biden administration that has seen numbers swarming across the border almost double since the president took office last year.
Todd told Harris that the border is about to see two million crossings and asked if “you’re confident this border’s secure.”
Customs and Border Protection (CBP) reports that there have been 1.9 million migrant encounters along the border in the latest fiscal year as of July. It is certain that the total will surpass two million by the start of the new fiscal year in October.
Chuck Todd: Would you call the border secure?
Kamala Harris: Yes.
Chuck Todd: We’re going to have 2 million people cross this border for the first time ever. You're confident this border is secure?
Kamala Harris: Yes, but we have problems because Trump pic.twitter.com/m0KlwZSVfV
— Media Research Center (@theMRC) September 12, 2022
For reference, there were 1.73 million migrants encountered at the southern border last year. And in 2020, during President Donald Trump’s last full year in office, the number plunged to just over 458,000.
More staggering numbers came from the Department of Homeland Security as it reports 748 migrants have died attempting to cross into the U.S. this fiscal year. That far surpasses the total of 557 deaths in 2021.
Harris condemned the “politicization” of the border by Republicans and declared that there is “no plan” for citizenship due to the playing of politics. Todd responded that by allowing more migrants into the country, the U.S. could combat inflation.
The president tapped Kamala Harris to be his “border czar” and identify the “root causes” of the surge in border crossings. At the time, he claimed she was the “most qualified person” to tackle the issue. At best, that is a boast that remains to be proven true.