Vice President Kamala Harris insisted that the U.S.-Mexico border is secure despite the record-breaking number of illegal immigrants who have already crossed the border this year. That number is expected to top two million for the first time ever.
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On Sunday, NBC’s “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd noted that the United States is “going to have two million people cross this border for the first time ever.”
Todd then asked Harris, “You’re confident this border’s secure?”
Harris said “we have a secure border” before attempting to blame the massive influx of illegal immigrants on former President Donald Trump, who has not been in office since Jan. 2021.
“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,” Harris said.
“We also have to put into place a law and a plan for a pathway for citizenship for the millions of people who are here and are prepared to do what is legally required to gain citizenship,” she continued. “We don’t have that in place because people are playing politics in a state like this and in Congress. By the way, you want to talk about bipartisanship on an issue that at one time was a bipartisan issue both in terms of Republican senators and even presidents.”
Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw slammed Harris over her comments, writing on Instagram that “no one is buying” her claims that the southern border is secure.
“No one is buying this. No one. The crisis at our border remains, and so does your complete dereliction of duty. I personally invite @VP to come down to Texas and see the reality of our ‘secure border.’ If 2 million isn’t enough to call it a crisis, what will be?” Crenshaw wrote.
Last month, the Biden administration’s Border Patrol was caught on camera unlocking and opening a border gate after the Texas National Guard secured the gate on private property. A large group of illegal immigrants was then able to move deeper into the U.S.
As of July, 1,946,780 illegal immigrants have crossed the U.S.-Mexico border so far this year, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection statistics.