During a CNN interview on Wednesday, “Squad” member Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) stunned the show’s left-leaning host by repeatedly declaring that the U.S.-Mexico border is “secure.”
Speaking with CNN anchor Jake Tapper about the border crisis, Pressley repeatedly insisted that the southern border is “secure” despite all the evidence to the contrary.
“No doubt about it, our border is secure. And we are in the midst of a humanitarian crisis, and we have to fix a broken system —” Pressley claimed, before being interrupted.
Tapper then interjected, asking: “You think it is secure? You think the border is secure? Or it is not secure?”
“I believe that we are in the midst of a humanitarian crisis and there needs to be federal investment to support those migrant families,” Pressley responded, claiming that the crisis was a consequence of “longstanding broken policies.”
Tapper was still in shock over the Democrat congresswoman’s claim, and once again asked her if she was serious — appearing to not understand how Pressley could believe that a “humanitarian crisis” exists without a border crisis.
“I don’t disagree with this being a humanitarian crisis at all, but just to get some clarity on this … do you think that the border is secure? Is that what you said?” the CNN host asked.
Pressley once again responded in the affirmative, insisting: “Yes, the border is secure.” She then claimed that the border issue is an important reason for Congress to avoid the looming government shutdown.
“But if you have millions of undocumented migrants coming into the country, how is the border secure?” Tapper pressed again.
“Jake, this is not a new crisis,” the Democrat congresswoman replied, asserting that the situation requires “more political will and commitment.”
“I’m not disagreeing with anything you’re saying except for the idea that the border is secure. I mean if you have people crossing the border, it’s just by definition not secure,” Tapper responded, noting that critics have said the porous border encourages illegal aliens to put themselves in dangerous situations with smugglers who prey on them.
“It just seems like such a refusal to acknowledge reality, to say that the border is secure when we all know millions of people are crossing the border illegally every year,” the CNN host added.
“Jake, and that is a consequence of a number of things,” Pressley responded — mentioning supposed “climate refugees,” along with people fleeing violence and corruption.
“Okay, it sounds like in there, you acknowledge that there are millions of people crossing the border illegally, which would mean that the border is not secure,” Tapper argued, asking: “would you grant me the point that the border is not secure?”
“Jake, that is a conversation for another day,” Pressley bizarrely replied.
Democrat Rep. Ayanna Pressley *insists* "our border is secure" pic.twitter.com/HrAalHjJAL
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) September 28, 2023
Meanwhile, the border crisis has only been getting worse in recent weeks — as data from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) showed that there were nearly 233,000 illegal alien encounters at the southern border in August, which is the highest August on record. This is a staggering increase from under 184,000 encounters in July. The numbers are likely to be even higher for September, according to analysts and reporters like Fox News correspondent Bill Melugin.
Based off the data our CBP sources have been providing us all month, the September border numbers are going to be explosively high. Would not be surprised at all if they set the new all time new record again – by a lot.
Repeatedly seeing 10,000 + encounters per day recently.
— Bill Melugin (@BillMelugin_) September 29, 2023