Sen. Ron Johnson: Biden Administration ‘Is in a Complete State of Denial’ Regarding the Border Crisis

By Elisabeth Nieshalla | July 29, 2021 | 2:29pm EDT
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When asked whether the southwest border is secure, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) said, “Not even close,” and that the Biden administration is “completely ignoring it, denying there’s a problem.”

At the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, CNS News asked the senator, “Should illegal aliens be given a pathway to citizenship?”

Senator Johnson said, “I don’t believe so.”

In a follow-up question, CNS News asked, “And is our southwest border secure now?”

“Absolutely not. I mean, not even close,” he said.

Not only are vast numbers of illegal aliens breaking into the U.S. and escaping apprehension, hundreds of thousands of those who are caught are being released and "dispersed throughout America," Sen. Johnson said:

“We’re apprehending over six thousand people per day. We just had [Homeland Security] Secretary Mayorkas in, and I laid out what looks like is going to be almost – probably more than six hundred thousand people – being dispersed throughout America in one way, shape or form.”

“About 350,000 apprehended and then dispersed with a notice to appear or just a notice to report. About 269,000 known got-aways is what’s currently – about 752,000 a day,” Johnson said. “You do the math on that. It’s about 269,000 people. So you add those two up, over six hundred thousand people, which is greater than the population of Wyoming, approaching the population of Vermont. That’s the extent of the problem.”

The Biden Administration is in complete denial of the severity of the problem and the threat it poses to America, Sen. Johnson said:

“This administration is in a complete state of denial. How can you say that there’s not a crisis on the border?”

“And the secretary is saying, you know, they’re going to do everything they can to keep this nation safe. Well, 269,000 people ー they don’t know who they are. And you overwhelm CBP with 6,300 apprehensions per day ー the got-aways are probably people that might not be, uh, real healthy to this nation’s national and homeland security. Those would be, potentially, gang members, members of the transnational criminal organizations, drug traffickers, human traffickers.

“We don’t know who they are or where they’re going. But this administration is just completely ignoring it, denying there’s a problem. So, no, there is a huge crisis.”

Senate Democrats are pursuing a pathway to citizenship for eight million illegal aliens, or “undocumented immigrants,” as part of a $3.5 trillion budget resolution funding many items of President Joe Biden’s agenda it. Majority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) has said the Senate will act on the resolution before the extended August recess.

As part of the broad economic package, the Senate Judiciary Committee was charged with crafting a $120 billion bill for “making improvements on U.S. ports of entry, clearing out a backlog of visa applications, or other changes,” Bloomberg reports.

“Of the 8 million immigrants that Democrats want to aid in the economic package, 3 million would be young undocumented immigrants known as ‘Dreamers,’ migrant workers and some with “temporary protected status” because dangerous conditions present risks if they return to their home countries, the aide said,” Bloomberg reported. “The other 5 million would be ‘essential workers’ who have yet to be defined.”

Several House Democrats have said they will not support the larger economic package unless the illegal immigrant accommodations are included.

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