Emily Crane, New York Post, September 12, 2022
This borders on insanity.
Vice President Kamala Harris served up another helping of word salad Sunday while insisting that the US-Mexico frontier is “secure” — despite the number of illegal migrant arrests setting a pace to surpass a staggering 2 million for the first time ever later this month.
In an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press”, Harris admitted the immigration system “still needs to be fixed” before blaming the Trump administration for the border surge that has happened since President Biden took office.
“The border is secure, but we also have a broken immigration system, in particular, over the last four years before we came in, and it needs to be fixed,” Harris told host Chuck Todd in Houston.
“We’re going to have 2 million people cross this border for the first time ever. You’re confident this border’s secure?” Todd followed.
“We have a secure border in that that is a priority for any nation, including ours and our administration,” Harris insisted. “But 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,” Harris added before trying to shift the blame away from the Biden administration, saying: “We don’t have that in place because people are playing politics in a state like this [Texas] and in Congress.”
Migrant arrest numbers have almost doubled under the Biden administration and have already exceeded last year’s record, according to the latest Customs and Border Protection data.
So far this fiscal year, Border Patrol agents have reported more than 1.94 million encounters at the border, which is up from the 1.73 million encounters in all of 2021 and just over 458,000 in 2020.