Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema has criticized White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre for making false claims that the U.S. southern border is secure.
During an appearance on Fox News’ “Special Report” with Bret Baier, Sinema took issue with Jean-Pierre’s statement on Monday that “the actions that this president has taken” had led to a 90% decrease in illegal immigration. The senator, who hails from the border state of Arizona, called the claim “just factually not true” and said that it was offensive to those who live in border communities.
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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“Anyone with eyes can see that the border is not secure,” said Sinema. “Border communities in my state are suffering already, and that’s before the end of Title 42.” She went on to describe the situation in small border towns in Arizona where there are high-speed chases involving young teens driving cars, sometimes leading to fatalities, as they transport drugs and migrants through these communities.
Sinema urged President Biden to take action to address the crisis at the border by “enforcing the laws that are on the books.” She suggested that there are bipartisan plans that could make a difference if the administration would cooperate in implementing them. Sinema’s comments reflect the growing concern among lawmakers about the situation at the southern border and the need for a more effective response to the challenges posed by illegal immigration.