Vice President Kamala Harris, who is almost as gaffe-prone as her boss, President Joe Biden, astonishingly insisted in a recent interview that the nation’s southern border was “secure.”
Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA), however, said such an assertion from VP Harris was “laughable” in light of the record numbers of illegal migrants, drugs, weapons, and other smuggled goods and individuals that were coming across the border on a daily basis, Breitbart reported.
Harris claims southern border is “secure”
Vice President Harris recently sat for an interview with NBC’s Chuck Todd while in Texas, during which he asked whether she would describe the southern border as secure.
Harris initially attempted to dodge the question by mentioning the failure of Congress to pass legislation authorizing a “pathway to citizenship” but then said, “The border is secure, but we also have a broken immigration system, in particular, over the last four years before we came in, and it needs to be fixed.”
To his credit, Todd noted that projections indicate more than two million migrants will illegally cross the border this year and pressed, “You’re confident this border’s secure?”
“We have a secure border in that that is a priority for any nation, including ours and our administration,” Harris replied. “But there are still a lot of problems that we are trying to fix given the deterioration that happened over the last four years.”
WATCH: The U.S. will have 2 million people cross its border for the first time. @VP: “We have a secure border in that that is a priority. … But there are still a lot of problems that we are trying to fix given the deterioration that happened over the last four years.” pic.twitter.com/d9PgV9Emwb
— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) September 11, 2022
Harris border claim is “laughable”
Sen. Ernst appeared on Fox News Channel’s “Faulkner Focus” on Tuesday and was asked to respond to what VP Harris claimed about the border, and said, “I’m dumbfounded that we have an administration that is ignoring the humanitarian crisis and the risk that poses to all communities across the United States as they allow those illegal immigrants to cross over the southern border and release them into the interior.”
“We know that there are folks on the terrorist watch list that have been apprehended. How many of them got away? These are concerns that we have with the Fentanyl crisis, with human trafficking, with, of course, weapons trafficking,” the Iowa senator continued. “All of this is extremely concerning to everyday Americans as they see crime rise across the United States.”
.@VP says our Southern border is secure.
This is my response ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/IUwKGTYzWz
— Joni Ernst (@SenJoniErnst) September 13, 2022
Asked to provide a specific rebuttal to Harris’ assertion that the border was secure in ten seconds or less, Ernst minced no words in her response.
“Laughable,” she replied. “I wish the vice president would actually go to the border and speak with the CBP agents, the National Guard, and Texas law enforcement to find out what’s really going on.”