Senator Sinema Speaks on the Border Crisis

Senator Sinema Discusses the Border Crisis

( – In an interview with Fox News, Senators Kyrsten Sinema, I-Ariz., and Senator James Lankford, R-Okla., discussed the conditions at the southern border ahead of the end of Title 42. They expressed concerns that the Biden administration is not prepared for the influx of illegal migrants that will be overwhelming Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents on May 11th, 2023, when the rule is lifted. Both senators have previously warned of the logistical unpreparedness at ports of entry. The New York Post recently reported that over 40,000 migrants are camping just across the border from El Paso, Texas, waiting to come into the United States.

Bret Baier from Fox News asked the senators what they believe needs to be done to gain more control of the situation, with Sinema saying, “It would be most helpful if the administration would start by actually enforcing the laws that are on the books.” She added that this action alone would offer Republicans surety that the Biden administration is serious about getting the situation under control, which could encourage a bipartisan approach to writing new laws about the border and the immigration system to send to President Joe Biden’s desk.

Baier showed a video of the Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas testifying before Congress, saying that the border is secure, followed by a video of White House Press Secretary Karinne Jean-Pierre claiming that there has been a 90 percent decrease in illegal migration. Sinema responded to the clip by saying “So, obviously the border is not secure. Anyone with eyes can see that.” She told Baier that people who live in border states are not buying what the Biden administration is saying because they are experiencing the chaos first-hand. Sinema described the dangerous criminal activity that is occurring daily and putting citizens at risk. Both Sinema and Lankford have reportedly been working together to create bipartisan solutions to the border crisis, telling Baier that they have been in talks with several other members of Congress who want to craft meaningful legislation.

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