Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (I-AZ), who recently left the Democrat Party, is calling out White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre for blatantly false claims that the southern border is secure — stating that the claims were “just factually not true.”
On Monday, the press secretary asserted that “the actions that this president has taken” have led to a 90% decrease in illegal immigration.
Karine Jean-Pierre: "When it comes to illegal migration, you have seen it come down by more than 90%, and that’s because of the actions that this president has taken." pic.twitter.com/SQLYz1Jawc
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During an appearance on Fox News Channel’s “Special Report” with Bret Baier, Sinema blasted Jean-Pierre for making that claim despite the fact that “anyone with eyes can see” that the border is not secure under the Biden administration — especially as the Trump-era policy of Title 42 is set to expire next week.
“Obviously, the border is not secure. Anyone with eyes can see that,” the Arizona senator said. “And anyone who lives in a border state like I do, born and raised in Arizona, actually takes offense at comments like that because they’re just factually not true. The reality is, is that border communities in my state are suffering already, and that’s before the end of Title 42.”
“Just last week, I held a hearing in our border subcommittee and brought a Republican mayor and a Democratic mayor, both representing small border towns from Arizona,” Sinema added. “And we just asked them, what is it like every day in your town? And Bret, there are high-speed chases going on through the city of Sierra Vista right now with young teens driving cars and sometimes being killed or causing the death of others transporting drugs and other migrants through these communities.”
“It is not secure,” she noted. “It is not safe.”
The Arizona senator went on to say that President Joe Biden could attempt to address the border crisis his administration has caused, saying that it would be as simply as “enforcing the laws that are on the books.”
“There are a lot of bipartisan plans that we’ve been working on with some of our colleagues in the Senate and the House that could actually make a difference,” Sinema said. “It would be most helpful if the administration would start by actually enforcing the laws that are on the books, that would provide confidence, particularly to Republican members of the House and the Senate, that we could get something done.”
Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (I-AZ) blasts White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre for falsely claiming that the U.S. southern border is secure: “just factually not true” pic.twitter.com/O4ZH8vxDCK
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