Sen. Murphy: ‘Do I Believe That the Border is Secure? From What?’

Micky Wootten | September 15, 2022 | 12:45pm EDT
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Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.)  (Getty Images)
Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) (Getty Images)

(CNS News) -- When asked whether he agrees with the statement that the border is secure, Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) asked, “What do you mean when you say secure?”

At the Capitol on Sept. 14, CNS News asked Senator Murphy, “On Sunday on Meet the Press, Vice President Kamala Harris said that ‘the border is secure.’ Was that a true statement?” 

Senator Murphy replied, “I didn’t see her interview. What else did she say? She probably said other things, right?” 

“Do you believe that the border is secure?” CNS asked as a follow-up.

“Do I believe that the border is secure? From what?” said Murphy. “What do you mean when you say secure? Secure from?”

“Do you agree with her statement that the border is secure?” CNS asked again.

“I’ll take a look at what she said,” Murphy comments. “I haven’t seen the full -- you’re giving me one sentence. So, before I comment on what she said on Meet the Press, I’ll take a look at her entire statement.”

During her Sept 11 Meet the Press interview, Chuck Todd asked Vice President Kamala Harris “would you call the border secure?”

Harris replied, “I think that there is no question that we have to do what the president and I asked Congress to do, the first request we made: pass a bill to create a pathway to citizenship. 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.”

Todd replied, “We’re going to have two million people cross this border for the first time ever. You’re confident this border’s secure?”

Harris doubled-down on her claim that the border is secure as well as her support for a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants.

“We have a secure border in that that is a priority for any nation, including ours and our administration,” she said. “But there are still a lot of problems that we are trying to fix given the deterioration that happened over the last four years. We also have to put into a place a law and plan for a pathway for citizenship for the millions of people who are here and are prepared to do what is legally required to gain citizenship."

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"We don’t have that in place because people are playing politics in a state like this and in Congress," she said. "By the way, you want to talk about bipartisanship on an issue that at one time was a bipartisan issue both in terms of Republican senators and even presidents.”

As CNS has reported, during the fiscal year 2021 in which President Biden succeeded President Trump, the number of people Customs and Border Protection reported encountering was 1,734,686, compared to 458,088 in Trump’s last full fiscal year of 2020.

Between October and July, the first 10 months of this fiscal year, 2022, border patrol has reported encountering 1,946,780 people illegally crossing the border.

For the first time in recorded history, the United States is on track to have 2 million illegal border crossings by the conclusion of this fiscal year, 2022.

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