CNN’s Jim Acosta caught attention when he said he felt “quite safe” at the southern border, next to a wall — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents are now ripping the reporter for claiming the Rio Grande Valley region is “pretty tranquil.”
Former CBP chief Mark Morgan told Fox News’ Laura Ingraham that there’s “irony” in Acosta’s reporting.
“I hope the American people aren’t lost on the irony that he’s standing behind a wall saying it’s peaceful. Because there’s a wall. Think about that, right? The irony there,” Morgan said.
Morgan, who was the CBP chief under former President Barack Obama, previously slammed Democrats for claiming the border situation is a “manufactured crisis,” as he said it was misinforming and misleading to the American people, as IJR Red reported.
“As you can see, yes, you can see through these slats to the other side of the U.S.-Mexico border,” Acosta said in the video in McAllen, Texas. “But as we’re walking along here, we’re not seeing any kind of imminent danger,” adding there are businesses near the border, “but no sign of the national emergency that the president has been talking about.”
Watch the video below:
The steel slats don’t run the entire length of the border in the McAllen area. We found one part where there is a chain link fence. Occasionally migrants come thru but residents say their community is quite safe. pic.twitter.com/ivpPl0XT48
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) January 10, 2019
National Border Patrol Council spokesman for border agents in the Rio Grande Valley, Chris Cabrera, said on Fox News that Acosta “fails to realize” he’s out there with a camera in daylight, and suggested the CNN reporter experience what happens at night.
“If he sees it as so safe out there, why doesn’t he just pitch a tent by the river and hang of the [sic] for a couple of days and get back to us on how safe he feels?” Cabrera said.
As IJR Red reported, there was no shortage of mockery to Acosta’s video, as even Republican members of Congress responded to the reporter’s video, including House Minority Whip Steve Scalise.
Glad to see the steel slats are deterring illegal immigrants from attempting to cross the border exactly as @realDonaldTrump said they would. This is why we need to #BuildTheWall along the rest of our southern border. #WallsWork https://t.co/EWJYbq78Dn
— Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) January 10, 2019
The partial government shutdown is in day-21 as Democrats continue to oppose President Trump’s push for $5 billion to construct a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and improve border security.
“If you don’t have a barrier whether it’s a steel barrier or a concrete wall substantial and strong you’re never going to solve this problem. You’re never going to solve it,” President Trump said after his visit to the southern border on Thursday — he also took a swipe at top Democrats for opposing him on the wall for “political” reasons, as IJR Red reported.