President Joe Biden and his policies have been an abysmal failure in terms of the lax enforcement of border security and immigration laws, and the crisis at the southern border is so bad that even some border state Democrats have begun to call out the president for his administration’s shortcomings in that regard.
Arizona Governor-elect Katie Hobbs (D) said in a recent interview that President Biden wasn’t “doing enough” to effectively secure the border and urged him to visit the state to witness the problems there firsthand, the Western Journal reported.
The remarks were a bit of a surprise given that Hobbs is far from being a border hawk, has been sharply critical of current Gov. Doug Ducey’s (R) efforts to better secure the border, and has aligned herself with other politicians and law enforcement officials who lean favorably toward more open borders policies.
Gov.-elect Hobbs says Biden not “doing enough” to secure border
In a Tuesday interview with CNN, Gov.-elect Hobbs suggested both political parties had failed to adequately address the situation at the southern border for “decades” and insisted, “We need real action on immigration reform. We need real border security.”
However, she dismissed the border security efforts undertaken by Gov. Ducey, such as using stacked shipping containers to fill in gaps in the border wall system, as little more than “political stunts at the expense of taxpayer dollars.”
Yet, Hobbs also said that discussing what was occurring along the southern border with President Biden was a top priority for her once she had formally taken office as the state’s next governor.
“I’ve said this, I don’t think they are doing enough,” she noted of the Biden administration and the border. “I would love to have them visit and see firsthand the kind of support and relief that folks in these communities need from the federal government.”
Sen. Mark Kelly says fellow Dems don’t fully understand border crisis
Interestingly enough, Hobbs is not alone as a prominent Democrat in Arizona who has called out her own party leaders for not doing enough to secure the border, as Fox News reported that Sen. Mark Kelly (D-AZ), who was just re-elected to a full six-year term, also recently lambasted his own Democratic colleagues for failing to recognize how serious the border crisis truly is or take the necessary actions to better secure the porous border.
In a recent interview with The Washington Post, Kelly referenced how he listened to the concerns of his constituents statewide and said, “You’ve got to go and talk to everybody and talk to them about things they care about, whether it’s the cost of gasoline or, especially in Southern Arizona, about the border, which is a crisis. You can’t ignore that in Arizona. It’s been chaos down there at times, for decades.”
Asked if his fellow Democrats “recognized the complexity of the issue and the frustrations that people have” about the unsecured southern border, the senator replied, “Absolutely not. Not even close.”
“When I first got to Washington, it didn’t take me long to realize that there are a lot of Democrats who don’t understand our southern border and a lot of Republicans who just want to talk about it. Don’t necessarily want to do anything about it, just want to use it politically,” Kelly explained. “So my approach has been — to the extent that we could and can — to make progress on securing it, but also doing it in a way that’s in accordance with our ethics and our values, not to demonize people.”
“And I continue to talk to my Republican colleagues about how we have to do more. We have to do more in border security,” the senator said, though he also called for “comprehensive immigration reform” and easier access to work visas for migrant workers, and added, “So there are solutions and we’re continuing to work on this. Our country would really benefit from stronger border security and comprehensive immigration reform.”