After President Biden’s speech to Congress, the two Democratic Senators from Arizona responded that the president was not doing enough to combat the surge in illegal immigrants on the US southern border.
Senators Kyrsten Sinema and Mark Kelly both say more needs to be done to reduce the influx of migrants, which has increased sharply since Biden took office.
In a statement released on Wednesday, Kelly said that while Biden raised the issue of immigration reform, he didn’t speak specifically about the situation at the border.
“While I share President Biden’s urgency in resolving our broken immigration system, I have not heard any plan tonight to deal with the immediate crisis at the border, and I will continue to hold this administration accountable for a more humane, orderly process while we work to improve border security, support the local economy, and fix our immigration system. “
! D Sen. Mark Kelly: “While I share President Biden’s urgency in resolving our broken immigration system, I have not heard a plan tonight to deal with the immediate crisis on the border and I will continue to hold this administration accountable.”
– Burgess Everett (@burgessev) April 29, 2021
Kyrsten Sinema’s office issued a statement that also criticized the Biden administration.
“Sen. Sinema knew that she – along with Senator Kelly – would like to see more government action to deal with the border crisis and support the border communities in Arizona. She spoke directly to administrators about it. “
Senators Kyrsten Sinema and Mark Kelly do what other Democrats and Joe Biden reject: acknowledge the crisis on the southern border. https://t.co/aYgCr2MUjc
– MediaResearchCenter (@theMRC) April 22, 2021
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Break with Biden
Senator Mark Kelly has already broken with the president by calling the border flood a “crisis”, something the Biden administration is not at all ready for.
Politico reports that Kelly has asked the White House to send more resources to support the surge in immigration.
Senator Kyrsten Sinema has teamed up with Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) to resolve border issues.
Both urged Biden to turn to the border.
Illegal alien border crossings hit a 20-year high. Over 172,000 illegal aliens were arrested last month, up 71% from February.
Biden has no control over the border crisis he created. #BidenBorderCrisis https://t.co/Fif8pJjMuj
– Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) April 30, 2021
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More Democrats speak out
It’s not just Sens. Kelly and Sinema talking about what to see is a crisis on the border.
After recently going to the border with Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) to see the problem for himself, Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX) said, “Do we have a humanitarian crisis? Yes, we’re doing that.”
Cuellar’s district spans about 200 miles of the US-Mexico border, and it may ultimately be what puts politics above partisanship to get a grip on the surge at the border. Cuellar has also worked closely with Sen. Cornyn and Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX).
Newly-elected Rep. Tony Gonzalez (R-TX), whose district includes an 800 mile border in west Texas, says he speaks to Cuellar every day. Gonzaliez says, “The only way to resolve this is not partisan.”
While I respect the presidency, this is an outright lie. The administrator is looking for a reason to explain the crisis they caused. We have informed the transition team several times. https://t.co/a5Egf1FYmp via @nbcnews
– Chad Wolf (@ChadFWolf) April 30, 2021
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During his speech on Wednesday, President Biden called on Congress to adopt a comprehensive immigration plan that he proposed, providing a route to citizenship for around 11 million undocumented immigrants, removing restrictions on family-based immigration and expanding visas for workers.
Watch the incredulous look on Craig Melvin’s face as Biden tries to blame Trump for the border crisis – even he knows Biden is full of “malarkey.” https://t.co/IBjIQsJ5e7
– Dinesh D’Souza (@DineshDSouza) April 30, 2021
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