Democratic Senators Not Satisfied With Biden’s Handling of Border Issue

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Two Senate Democrats criticized the President stating that Biden is not doing enough to address the ongoing crisis at the border. 

On Wednesday, a statement was released by Sen. Mark Kelly of Arizona following Biden’s address to Congress. In the statement, he lamented that lack of attention that Biden paid to the border crisis during his primetime speech. 

Kelly said, “While I share President Biden’s urgency in fixing our broken immigration system, what I didn’t hear tonight was a plan to address the immediate crisis at the border, and I will continue holding this administration accountable to deliver the resources and staffing necessary for a humane, orderly process as we work to improve border security, support local economies, and fix our immigration system.”

Another Arizona Democratic senator, Kyrsten Sinema echoed Kelly’s sentiments and made statement on Fox News saying, “Sen. Sinema has been clear that she — along with Sen. Kelly — wants to see more action from the administration to address the border crisis and support Arizona border communities. She’s spoken directly with administration officials on this.”

During his speech to Congress, Biden did not address the sky rocketing number of migrants flooding the U.S. borders. He only made a pitch to the Congress to pass “something” that the lawmakers have talked about for decades but failed to do: a comprehensive immigration bill. 

In his speech Biden also addressed one of his administration’s biggest weakness, looking to draw Republican critics over to his side to join him in passing an immigration bill, claiming it will provide resources for security, despite previously halting construction on the border wall that had been underway.

Biden urged, “If you believe we need to secure the border, pass it because it has a lot of money for high-tech border security.”

In March Biden tapped Kamala Harris to handle the ongoing crisis at the border. However, 40 days later, the Vice President still has not traveled to the border nor did she announced any plans to do so. Harris will, however, travel to Guatemala in June. 

Meanwhile, according to recent Fox News polls, 46% of Americans believe the situation at the border is worse under the Biden administration than under Trump two years ago. And only 15% said that border security is better under Biden than under the Trump administration.

There are 67% who said that they are extremely or very concerned of both the illegal immigration and the treatment by the Biden administration of the migrants at the U.S.-Mixico border. That places these concerns in a second-tier, behind top items like the economy at 78%, gun laws at 74% and health care at 73%.

Republicans are more concerned about illegal immigration at 83% than about the treatment of migrants at the border at 53%. The opposite is true for Democrats who are more troubled about the treatment of detainees (77%) than illegal immigration (51%).