Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) took issue with congressional Democrats’ stance on immigration amid a crisis at the southern border.
During Thursday’s exclusive interview on FOX Business Network’s “Mornings with Maria,” the Republican lawmaker addressed the topic of immigration while blasting Democrats for their lack of effort to address the migrant crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border.
“Some of the things they are saying in the presidential election is just astonishing — eliminating ICE, basically not having any effort to secure the border. What nonsense,” McConnell said. “Every country is involved in trying to secure their border.”
He added, “Immigration is not a uniquely American problem; we see it all over the world.”
“The Democrats won the House last year, and that’s why it’s difficult to get a solution on this problem because they basically like open borders. They basically want people who got in the country illegally to be put on a path to citizenship, a kind of citizenship reward for breaking the law. We have very deep-seated differences about this issue and they won the House, and so we have divided government.”
Watch McConnell’s interview below:
The Republican leader’s comments come at a time that during the past four consecutive months there were over 100,000 apprehensions of migrants in total per month at the southern border.
The surge of migrants flowing to the U.S. southern border has overwhelmed the immigration law enforcement. While there are currently around 4,500 active duty and National Guard troops at the southern border, the Pentagon announced on Wednesday they would be sending an additional 2,100 troops.
In response to the deployment of more troops to the southern border, McConnell told Fox Business that there’s “much difficulty” in “getting our Democratic colleagues to do anything about the obvious crisis at the border.”
The Republican senator claimed it’s “safe to say” that “the president has had more cooperation out of the Mexicans than he has out of Democrats in Congress about dealing with the crisis at the border.”
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) plans to bring legislation to the committee floor for a vote but McConnell “wouldn’t bet on it” having Democratic support. Graham’s legislation would include fixes to the U.S. asylum laws, which IJR Red previously dove into.