Two border-state Senate Democrats spoke out about how President Biden's administration is not doing enough to address the ongoing border crisis.
Two Senate Democrats from border states have claimed that President Joe Biden has not done en
On Wednesday, Arizona Sen. Mark Kelly released a statement regarding the matter. In it, he lamented Biden’s lack of attention to the issue when the president made his speech to congress.
In his statement, Kelly said that he does share Biden’s sense of urgency with regards to the immigration system. However, he pointed out that he didn’t hear anything about the president's plan to try and solve the crisis. He also said that he will keep the administration accountable in delivering the resources and manpower needed to improve the situation at the border.
Another Arizona Senator, Krysten Sinema, echoed Kelly’s sentiments.
According to a statement released by her office, Sinema wants to witness the administration doing more action to address the situation at the border and to support Arizona communities in the area.
During his speech, the president didn’t address the influx of immigrant numbers at the southern border. However, he did pitch a comprehensive immigration bill to Congress.
Biden said that if Congress believes the country needs a secure border, then they should pass such a bill.
Lawmakers React to Biden's Failure to Address Border Crisis in His Recent Speech
As per a recent poll conducted by Fox News, around 46% of Americans think the border situation had become worse under the Biden administration compared to Trump’s time just two years ago. Meanwhile, only 15% said the security at the border is better, while 33% said it’s the same.
Last March, the president tapped Vice President Kamala Harris to connect with Latin American leaders and work with them on addressing the “root causes” of people emigrating from their countries. However, 40 days since then, Harris still has not traveled to the border nor announced any plan to do so. However, she has a planned visit to Guatemala in June.
Republican Sen. John Cornyn of Texas also reacted to the president not addressing the border crisis in his address. He mentioned that he was disappointed that the issue wasn’t mentioned. Cornyn also said he had hoped the president would be willing to work with a bipartisan set of lawmakers who are “eager to take action.”
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