Senator John Fetterman (D-PA) broke with his party earlier this week when he acknowledged that the collapse of the southern border constitutes a “crisis.”
“There’s a crisis at the border,” Fetterman told reporters on Friday. “And I don’t know how anybody could pretend that there isn’t.”
Fetterman has criticized his party on the border issue a number of times over the last several weeks.
“I’m not a progressive,” Fetterman told NBC News. “I just think I’m a Democrat that is very committed to choice and other things. But with Israel, I’m going to be on the right side of that. And immigration is something near and dear to me, and I think we do have to effectively address it as well.”
With the threat of a potential government shutdown looming, House Republicans have held firm on their demands for increased border security amidst record-setting illegal alien entries into the United States. House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) recently travelled to the southern border with a handful of his colleagues in order to survey the situation after a record 3.2 million illegal alien encounters were recorded in the fiscal year 2023.
These numbers do not include “gotaways” and those who have avoided detection, obscuring the real number. To date, more than 8-million illegal aliens have entered the country since President Biden took office in January 2021.
The president has called on congress to pass a massive foreign aid package that will send tens-0f-billions of additional security funding to Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan. House Republicans have instead passed a separate foreign aid package and have called on the president to present a comprehensive plan in order to begin negotiations on foreign aid.
House Republicans have also vowed to withhold funding for Ukraine until the situation on the border is addressed.