In an interview with ABC’s Robin Roberts, former President Barack Obama signaled to Joe Biden it was finally time to close the border. He said he knows it can be a tricky concept for Americans who just want to “help others” but admits Biden’s open border policy doesn’t work.
“Immigration is tough. It always has been because, on the one hand, I think we are naturally a people that wants to help others,” conceded Obama. “As big-hearted as he is, nobody understands that better than Joe Biden.”
“At the same time,” Obama said. “We’re a nation-state. We have borders. The idea that we can just have open borders is something that… as a practical matter, is unsustainable.”
Obama was asked about the recent viral videos of Haitians flooding the Texas border, with some reports putting the number of illegal crossers well over 15,000.
Like many Democrats, Obama continued the false narrative that the border patrol whipped Haitians attempting to cross the Rio Grande River. He called it an example of the systemic issues inside America’s immigration system and “a painful reminder that we don’t have this right yet and we’ve got more work to do.”
“And the question is now,” Obama stated. “Are we going to get serious about dealing with this problem in a systemic way, as opposed to these one-offs where we’re constantly reacting to emergencies?”
Obama’s words echo those reported by Fox of Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas when he was secretly recorded talking to Border Patrol agents in Texas in August 2021.
“A couple of days ago, I was down in Mexico, and I said look, you know, if, if our borders are the first line of defense, we’re going to lose, and this is unsustainable,” said Sec. Mayorkas.
Sec. Mayorkas told the agents that our immigration system “isn’t built” for the crisis. “We can’t continue like this, our people in the field can’t continue, and our system isn’t built for it.”
A border agent shot back at Mayorkas, saying, “For those of us who have been around here long enough, we don’t need to reinvent the wheel.” He said, “We’ve had this happen before. We know exactly how to shut it down. We need to make illegal entry illegal.”
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