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Vulnerable Democrats run tight mid-term races will not say whether they oppose an amnesty for migrants who entered the United States illegally through the southern border.
Fox News Digital reached out to more than two dozen Democratic members, asking if they would oppose efforts to provide a path to citizenship for all illegal migrants currently residing in the United States.
More than 200,000 migrants passed through the border in August alone, and border officials encountered more than 2 million people entering the United States this fiscal year. After the record number of crossings, none of the Democrats answered whether they thought millions of migrants in the United States should be granted amnesty.
Vice President Kamala Harris recently claimed the border was secure and blamed former President Trump’s administration for the current state of the immigration system.
“The border is secure. We also have a broken immigration system, especially in the last four years before we arrived, and it needs to be fixed,” said Harris, who is tasked with tackling the “root causes” of the border crisis, told NBC News.
Last week, Fox News Digital asked the same group of vulnerable Democrats if they believed the the border was securereceiving only one response from a House member who lives in a border state.
“My message remains the same. The border is not secure and we need to do more to deter migrants from coming to the United States,” Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, told Fox News Digital.
The border crisis and the influx of illegal migrants entering the United States received renewed attention on Wednesday, after Governor Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., sent a plane full of migrants to Martha’s Vineyard, a well-known vacation spot known to the wealthy.
Although DeSantis assured that the migrants went to the seaside town voluntarily, several democrats were unhappy with his move. Gavin Newsom, D-Calif., blasted the GOP governor, calling it a form of “kidnapping,” while Hillary Clinton likened it to “human trafficking.”
President Bidenwho has yet to visit the southern border since taking office in 2021, addressed the movement of illegal migrants to Martha’s Vineyard at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute gala.
“Republicans are playing politics with human beings, using them as props. What they’re doing is just wrong, it’s un-American, it’s reckless,” Biden said Thursday.
“The Biden-Harris administration continues to ignore and deny the historic crisis on our southern border, which has endangered and overwhelmed Texas communities for nearly two years,” said Governor Greg Abbott, D-Texas. , which redirected migrants from its border state. to Democratic-led cities such as New York, Chicago and Washington DC, said in a statement last week.
DeSantis also addressed the media reaction and pointed out that Florida was “taking[s] what is happening on the southern border very seriously, unlike some, and unlike the President of the United States, who has refused to lift a finger to secure that border.”
Fox News’ Lawrence Richard contributed to this report.