The governor of California journeyed to his state’s southern border where he tried to claim there’s a not an immigration crisis — until he got called out by a local radio station on why the location is safe.
At the San Ysidro-Mexico crossing, Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) was trying to “highlight a different story” on “what’s going on here between Mexico and the United States and the economic vibrancy that is demonstrable here at the border” in a video he posted to Twitter.
“American citizens going into Mexico, Mexican citizens coming into California, legally on a daily basis,” he said.
“It is a very different story than the one you’re hearing out of Washington, D.C,” Newsom added, trying to prove there is no national emergency at the southern border.
Watch the video below:
I’m at our border today where there is no “national emergency.”
San Ysidro is the busiest border crossing in the Western Hemisphere. It’s a region of economic vibrancy — of trade and commerce. Our state thrives because of the families who live on both sides of this border. pic.twitter.com/CRfXGpyZb6
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) March 7, 2019
Newsom’s video didn’t go over well, as a local radio station burst his bubble by pointing out the fact that the San Ysidro border crossing “has a wall, with a second being built.”
KUSI News wrote that once the second wall is replaced, then San Diego will have the most “fortified border in the country.”
Check out their post below:
Newsom visits San Ysidro & says there’s no “national emergency.” But, San Ysidro has a wall, with second being built pic.twitter.com/oyP4L0WqXr
— KUSI News (@KUSINews) March 7, 2019
Newsom’s attempt to counter President Donald Trump by claiming that there’s no crisis at the southern border is only the latest problem between the two.
The California governor and President Trump have previously found themselves feuding on many issues, from the talk on the high-speed rail project halt to Newsom’s announcement that he’d be the first to file a lawsuit against the president’s national emergency declaration.
“President Trump is manufacturing a crisis and declaring a made-up ‘national emergency’ in order to seize power and subvert the constitution,” Newsom previously said about the emergency. “This ’emergency’ is a national disgrace, and the blame lays solely at the feet of the President.”
The Department of Homeland Security, however, reports that the situation at the southern border is far from a “made-up” crisis. As IJR Red noted, the department recently pointed out the crisis is at its “breaking point,” with the number of immigrants entering the U.S. illegally hitting a 12-year high in February.