Vice President Kamala Harris was interviewed on “Meet The Press” on Sunday and managed to both say that “the border is secure” and that the immigration system was broken under President Trump, seeming to contradict herself within 30 seconds.
It was Harris who, in 2021, was chosen by President Biden to address the “root causes” of migration so that policies could be put into place to stop it. More than a year later more people are being encountered at the southern border than ever before, but either for self-preservation or lack of knowledge on the subject, Harris continues to call the souther border “secure.”
"Over the weekend, the Vice President said that the border is secure and as we show the folks every single day, that is absolutely not true," border correspondent Jaeson Jones shares. pic.twitter.com/FmkkTSv9lj
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A simple glance at the numbers would show Harris how far off-base her assertion was. In the five years prior to Biden taking office, there were about 750,000 migrant encounters at the border annually. Since Biden was elected, there have been more than 5 million border encounters with illegal immigrants, at the end of September, that number is expected to be more than 2.2 million just in this fiscal year alone.
Even without the immigration numbers, a recent NPR poll showed how many people feel about the state of the border right now. That poll shows that the majority of Americans would use the word “invasion” to describe what is happening at the border now.
Based on the evidence, both anecdotal and fact-based, the southern border of the United States is not secure and both Kamala Harris and Joe Biden understand that.
When Harris attempted to answer Chuck Todd’s question about the border being secure, Harris answered in three ways:
- “We have a secure border in that that is a priority for any nation.”
- “There are still a lot of problems that we are trying to fix given the deterioration that happened over the last four years.”
- “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.”
It would be very difficult for anyone to believe that the southern border is secure, but Harris continues to make that claim. In her answer to Todd’s question, however, there does not seem to be a clear plan of attack or emphasis on making the border secure.