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Kayleigh McEnany Hits Biden on Immigration, Cites Dem Senator on ‘Devastating’ Border Scenes

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Former White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany slammed President Joe Biden on immigration Saturday, after citing Democratic Senator Chris Murphy’s statement that current border conditions are “devastating.”

“We had senator Chris Murphy share with us what was going on [at the border] yesterday,” McEnany said Saturday on Fox and Friends. “He said he saw a 13-year-old girl huddled in the corner sobbing uncontrollably because she was terrified. He said he saw hundreds of kids jammed together.”

“They have a crisis whether they say it or not and the media deserves to see what is going on, the American people deserve to see it as well,” McEnany added.

McEnany’s statements come after Murphy, a Democrat from Connecticut, shared details of a trip to Customs and Border Protection (CBP) facilities on Twitter Friday. Murphy visited the immigration centers that day alongside a bipartisan group of senators and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.

The Democratic lawmaker said that he “fought back tears” while touring the facilities, and described seeing distressed children and overcrowded rooms.

“Just left the border processing facility. 100s of kids packed into big open rooms. In a corner, I fought back tears as a 13 yr old girl sobbed uncontrollably explaining thru a translator how terrified she was, having been separated from her grandmother and without her parents,” Murphy tweeted Friday.

“Seeing the wall in person is unexpectedly devastating. How did it come to this, that a country defined by our warm embrace of immigrants now must be defined by our irrational fear of them? We must be better,” he added.

3/ Seeing the wall in person is unexpectedly devastating. How did it come to this, that a country defined by our warm embrace of immigrants now must be defined by our irrational fear of them? We must be better.

— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) March 19, 2021

However, unlike McEnany, Murphy did not blame the current conditions on Biden. Instead, the Democratic senator said the facilities were left over from the Trump administration.

“The Biden Administration is trying their best to uphold the rule of law with humanity. They have a ton of work ahead to clean up the mess Trump left them, but their intentions are true,” Murphy said Friday.

Murphy and McEnany’s statements come amid a growing surge of migrants attempting to reach the southern U.S. border. The number of those migrants has already reached a 20-year high, and it is expected to get even higher throughout March.

Former White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany slammed the Biden administration over immigration on Saturday. Here, McEnany participates in a White House briefing on December 15, 2020.
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According to the CBP, the number of unaccompanied children crossing the border increased by 63 percent in February. CBP officials apprehended more than 16,000 families and 11,242 unaccompanied migrant children at the Rio Grande Valley section of the border that month.

Biden, who vowed during his campaign to take a more humanitarian approach to immigration and reverse the Trump administration’s hard-line policies, has since faced growing backlash from Republican officials who view the current surge as a “crisis.”

On Tuesday, Biden addressed the issue during an interview and said that the government was “sending back” many of the adults who are now attempting to enter the country.

The president also encouraged others who may be considering illegal migration to refrain from doing so, while promising that those seeking asylum in the U.S. would soon be able to apply.

“I can say quite clearly: Don’t come over,” Biden said. “What we’re in the process of getting set up, and it’s not going to take a whole long time, is to be able to apply for asylum in place. So don’t leave your town or city or community. We’re going to make sure we have facilities in those cities and towns…to say you can apply for asylum from where you are right now.”

In his first few days as president, Biden unveiled a sweeping immigration plan that would offer an eight-year path to citizenship for nearly 11 million undocumented immigrants in the country. The plan would also look to eliminate restrictions on family-based immigration and expand worker visas.

On Thursday, the Democratic-led House passed the American Dream and Promise Act, which would allow undocumented migrants who arrived in the U.S. as children a new pathway to citizenship for at least the next 10 years.

The bill was met with criticism from the GOP, however, and is expected to face an uphill battle in the Senate.

“As the crisis at our southern border continues to grow, Democrats passed legislation this afternoon that further incentivizes illegal immigration,” GOP New York Representative Chris Jacobs tweeted in response to the bill. “I opposed H.R. 6 because we cannot continue to put off strong border security measures and encourage unlawful entry.”

The Liberty Buzz contacted the White House and Murphy’s office for comments but did not hear back in time for publication.

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