Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, rebuked Vice President Kamala Harris on CNN after she make the shocking claim the southern border is secure in a recent interview.
“The border is secure, but we also have a broken immigration system and in particular over the last four years before we came in and it needs to be fixed,” Harris said. “We have a secure border in that that is a priority for any nation, including ours and our administration.”
CNN host Michael Smerconish asked Cuellar, “Congressman, that’s just not true, right? You’re on the front line. You’ve spent your whole life in Laredo. The border is not secure, is it?”
“The border is not secure, with all due respect to the VP.
“This, look, we get thousands of people along the border, from 6,000 to 8,000 people a day.
“They’re releasing people, and we can send you pictures and videos of what’s happened in Del Rio, the valley, El Paso and other places.
“People are coming in.
“We have 1.7 million people that were encountered last year.
“We’re going to have 2 or maybe 2.2 million by the end of this fiscal year in about two more weeks.
“That’s almost 4 million people.
“That doesn’t even include the getaways.
“Getaways are the people that border patrol has a good idea that evaded them.
So you’re talking about almost 4 plus, maybe 4.4 million individuals in two years.
“If you call that secure, I don’t know what ‘secure’ is,” he said.
Democratic Texas Rep. Henry Cuellar urged Pres. Biden to step up enforcement of immigration laws as Republican governors this week transported migrants to Democratic-run cities.— Face The Nation (@FaceTheNation) September 18, 2022
"If we don't have repercussions at the border, we're going to continue getting 8,000 people a day." pic.twitter.com/is2opZPx3W
Democratic Rep. Henry Cuellar of Texas on Sunday urged President Joe Biden to step up enforcement of immigration laws as Republican governors this week ramped up their confrontation with the administration over its border strategy. https://t.co/4808mtR2Rr— WJZ | CBS Baltimore (@wjz) September 19, 2022