In a recent interview on CNN, Representative Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts asserted that the U.S.-Mexico border is secure, even as she recognized the significant influx of migrants into the country.
The U.S.’s southern border situation has been a focal point in national news recently, given the unprecedented numbers of undocumented immigrants crossing into the nation. While some members of the Democratic Party, including the Massachusetts governor, have expressed concerns about the situation, Pressley maintained on CNN that the situation is manageable.
During the interview, CNN’s Jake Tapper highlighted some Republicans’ concerns over the absence of increased border security funds in a forthcoming Senate bill. He probed Pressley on her views regarding the perceived border “crisis”.
Pressley responded by emphasizing the security of the border and pointing out the current humanitarian challenges, advocating for system reforms. Tapper, seeking clarification, asked her to confirm her stance on border security.
In response, Pressley reiterated the existence of a humanitarian crisis and the necessity for federal resources to assist migrant families.
When Tapper pushed for a clear stance on the border’s security, especially considering the high numbers of undocumented migrants, Pressley emphasized viewing the situation as a long-standing humanitarian issue. She mentioned her role in representing a diverse district and her involvement with the House Haiti caucus.
Tapper expressed skepticism about Pressley’s assertion of a secure border, especially given the numbers of illegal crossings. He mentioned the potential dangers faced by migrants who might be encouraged to take perilous routes due to perceived border vulnerabilities.
Pressley redirected the conversation, mentioning factors driving migration such as climate changes and unrest in home countries, and emphasizing the right to asylum.
Tapper persisted in seeking a direct answer on the border’s security. Pressley eventually chose to shift the topic, stating her current priority was to prevent a government shutdown.