CNN, often criticized for its coverage of immigration issues, has broadcasted a report that seemingly validates long-standing Republican concerns about border security under the Biden administration.
The focus was on the U.S.-Mexico border near San Diego, where CNN’s crew visited Brian Silvis, a resident whose backyard has become a pathway for migrants crossing into the United States. The report showcased a continuous stream of migrants entering the U.S. with little to no hindrance, a scene at odds with the Biden administration’s assertions of a ‘secure and closed border.’
As Jesse Watters pointed out, Silvis, depicted as an unwilling witness to the daily crossings, shared footage showing groups of migrants easily stepping onto U.S. soil. His experiences and the subsequent wildlife camera footage obtained by CNN contradict repeated claims by Democratic officials that the U.S. border is not open and is effectively managed.
“They know where they’re going,” Silvas said. “They just ask which way, and I just point them to the direction of the illegal staging area that they have. They have anywhere from 50 to 500 out there at any time, and the border is not secure. We do have an open border right now because they’re just walking in. And you know, we spend millions and billions of dollars securing other borders in other countries before we secure ours.”
“Was CNN at all taken aback by what it observed?” Watters asked.
“Yeah, they were. They couldn’t believe it… You know, they’re everywhere. This is a crisis. It’s an invasion,” Silvas remarked.
The CNN report and other developments reflect a struggling complex situation due to the Biden administration’s approach to border security and immigration.
With a staggering 232,972 migrant encounters at the southern border in August, as reported by U.S. Customs and Border Enforcement, it’s clear that the situation has reached critical levels this year.
The Biden administration as a result has been the subject of significant criticism. A Fox News poll from October indicated widespread disapproval among Americans regarding the government’s handling of border security.
Seventy-one percent of registered voters surveyed believed that the current levels of security at the U.S. border are not strict enough, with a majority of Democrats, Biden voters, and 82% of independents expressing dissatisfaction with current border policies. Additionally, 57% of those surveyed favored building a border wall, including significant percentages among Hispanic and Black voters.
Criticism stems from the U.S. struggling to contain an unprecedented influx of migrants from Latin America and other regions, driven by factors like gang violence, political instability, and economic challenges. The influx has created logistical and humanitarian challenges, with many cities struggling to house and support the new arrivals.
In response to mounting criticism, including from Democratic state and local officials, the Biden administration has tried shifting its approach. This includes overriding specific federal laws to restart the construction of segments of the border wall in Texas, a significant deviation from a major campaign pledge. This adjustment in policy has sparked accusations of hypocrisy and attracted criticism from both Democratic and Republican circles.