It isn’t just Republicans who think President Joe Biden’s lax policies and welcoming rhetoric on border security have created an all-out crisis at the southern border.
As record numbers of migrants continue to pour into the country, two Democrat senators from a state along America’s border with Mexico are speaking out about the Biden administration’s failure to effectively address the worsening situation, Fox News reports.
The comments came last week from Sens. Mark Kelly and Krysten Sinema, both Democrats who represent Arizona in the U.S. Senate.
A call for action
Kelly, for his part, issued a statement Wednesday night in response to President Biden’s first formal address to a joint session of Congress.
“While I share President Biden’s urgency in fixing our broken immigration system, what I didn’t hear tonight was a plan to address the immediate crisis at the border, and I will continue holding this administration accountable to deliver the resources and staffing necessary for a humane, orderly process as we work to improve border security, support local economies, and fix our immigration system,” the recently elected Democratic senator from Arizona said.
According to Fox, Kelly was correct in pointing out that Biden had failed to make any mention of the current crisis at the border in his nationally televised talk. In fact, the president scarcely even mentioned the border aside from a quick remark about including “high-tech border security” in a broader immigration reform bill.
In a statement from her office, Sinema expressed a similar sentiment.
“Sen. Sinema has been clear that she — along with Sen. Kelly — wants to see more action from the administration to address the border crisis and support Arizona border communities. She’s spoken directly with administration officials on this,” a spokesperson for the senator said, according to Fox.
“We’re going to need to deal with it”
Worse still for Biden: Kelly and Sinema weren’t the only ones to express concern about a surge in migration that is continuing to stretch America’s border states — and law enforcement officials — thin.
TheBlaze reports that in a recent interview on PBS’s Firing Line with Margaret Hoover, Hawaii Democratic Sen. Mazie Hirono said Vice President Kamala Harris should “of course” visit the border in her role as overseer of the diplomatic response to the surge — an act the VP still hasn’t completed — and, perhaps unwittingly, admitted that the situation there is nothing short of a “crisis.”
Pressed on why Harris still hasn’t made the trip, Hirono reportedly said, “I don’t know. Maybe — we have a few other things to deal with, like the pandemic and everything else, so I’m not going to point fingers at her in the sense of — I hope that she will go down to the border.”
As to why Democrats may have qualms referring to the situation as a crisis, Hirono said, “I think the president calls it a crisis. I would call it a crisis. We can call it a challenge… [But] whatever you call it, we’re going to need to deal with it. We’re going to need to address it in a humane way.”