2020 Democrat Claims Border Crisis Was ‘Caused’ by Trump: ‘He Ignored This Problem’

Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) admitted that he believes there is a crisis at the border, but he believes that President Donald Trump “caused” the massive influx of migrants.

As IJR previously reported, thousands of migrants have been entering the United States since the start of the year, overwhelming Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and forcing Border Patrol agents to release migrants into the United States.

Trump blamed Democrats for the continuous stream of migrants into the United States. He pointed to their refusal to fund a physical barrier and inaction on asylum laws as a few of the main reasons he thinks they are to blame.

Additionally, he noted that sanctuary cities could be part of the problem and promised to send migrants to those areas, placing the burden on their resources rather than those of ICE.

While Trump clearly thinks Democrats are to blame, Ryan says it is actually the president’s fault. During an interview about his 2020 presidential bid with MSNBC, Ryan claimed Trump “caused” the migrant crisis because he was too “lazy” to learn about the problems in Central America.

Watch the video below:

“It is [a crisis], and I think that the president has caused it, to be quite honest with you. He has failed to address the issues in Central America. Quite frankly, the president is lazy. He doesn’t read his presidential daily briefing. He ignored this problem. We want presidents to deal with the root of problems. Central America is a mess, and we are doing nothing to stabilize that region.”

While Ryan and Trump clearly have different beliefs on the role of foreign intervention in countries like Honduras, it is hard for him to say Trump has ignored the problem.

Trump has been focused on curbing illegal immigration since day one, vowing to build a wall when he announced his candidacy in 2015.

As far as addressing the issues in Central America, just as much of the blame should be placed on former President Barack Obama. Under his administration, young migrants from Central American countries greatly outpaced those from other countries, including Mexico. Honduras has had one of the highest murder rates in the world since 2010 — a problem that can’t be placed solely at Trump’s feet.

Still, Ryan claimed the president is at fault and he would do better.

“We can be both strong on border security — and I would say I’ll be stronger than President Trump is and a lot smarter than him,” he told MSNBC.

Ryan is one of 18 Democrats in the presidential primary, though he hasn’t registered above 1% in recent polls.

Please note: This is a commentary piece. The views and opinions expressed within it are those of the author only and do not necessarily reflect the editorial opinion of IJR.

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When did it become America’s responsibility to fix the problems created by the politicians in other countries? If there is a problem in Central America, the voters – IF they even vote – should elect leaders to fix THEIR problems; NOT ignore the problems and encourage their citizens to go to the US so the Dimwit Party can take care of their every need. Ryan’s comments reflect the general, short-sighted stupidity of the radicalized Socialists here.


As a legislator since 2003 Rep. Ryan, what have YOU done to mediate the shithole conditions in those countries?

You’ve had sixteen years, so surely you’ve done something. Unless you’re useless AND lazy.

Since illegal immigration from those same countries occurred all through the Obozo years (q.v. kids in cages) please share what either of you did to stop them at the source. Show your work.

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