In a recent interview, Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., stated that the U.S.-Mexico border is secure. However, she also recognized the ongoing influx of migrants entering the U.S.
The situation at the U.S. southern border has captured national attention recently, with unprecedented numbers of undocumented immigrants arriving. Even though some Democratic figures, including the Massachusetts governor, express growing concern about the situation, Pressley asserted on a CNN segment this Wednesday that matters are in hand.
During the conversation, CNN's Jake Tapper brought up certain Republicans' worries regarding the absence of more border security funds in the forthcoming bipartisan Senate legislation. He questioned Pressley on whether "something needs to be done" regarding the "crisis at the border."
"No doubt about it, our border is secure, and we are in the midst of a humanitarian crisis, and we have to fix a broken system," Pressley said, before being immediately interrupted by Tapper to confirm he heard her correctly.
"You think the border is secure? Or it is not secure?" he asked.
Tapper: "You acknowledge there are millions of people crossing the border illegally, which would mean the border is not secure...would you grant me the point that the border is not secure?"
Pressley: "That is a conversation for another day."
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Pressley emphasized that the U.S. is "in the midst of a humanitarian crisis" and underscored the necessity of federal funds to assist migrant families.
Seeking a clearer understanding, Tapper reiterated his question, mentioning his agreement about the humanitarian aspect, "But just to get some clarity on this, and sure it is a conversation for another day, but do you think that the border is secure? Is that what you said?"
The congresswoman from Massachusetts affirmed, "Yes, the border is secure," adding, "And we’re in the midst of a humanitarian crisis that has been created by a broken system."
Challenging this perspective, Tapper later inquired, "But if you have millions of undocumented migrants entering the U.S., how can you say the border is secure?"
Tapper challenged her assertion that the border is "secure."
"I’m not disagreeing with anything you’re saying, except for the idea that the border is secure. If you have people crossing the border, it’s just by definition not secure," Tapper expressed. He further discussed the viewpoint that the perceived insecurity at the border encourages countless migrants to engage with traffickers, opting for the perilous illegal route instead of the safer legal avenues.
He continued, "It just seems like just such a refusal to acknowledge reality to say that the border is secure when we all know millions of people are crossing the border illegally every year."
Pressley sidestepped the query once more, stating that the migrant crisis results from a "consequence of a number of things," from "climate refugees" to individuals escaping "violence and corruption" in their native countries. She then asserted that "asylum is a human right."
"Okay, it sounds like in there you acknowledge that there are millions of people crossing the border illegally, which would mean that the border is not secure," Tapper pointed out, subsequently querying, "Would you grant me the point that the border is not secure?"
Pressley responded, "Jake, that is a conversation for another day. Right now I’m squarely focused on preventing a government shutdown."
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