Governor Tate Reeves is criticizing President Joe Biden’s border policies amid the rising number of crossings at the southern border.
Sharing a clip of his appearance on Newsmax, a conservative-leaning outlet, the governor posted on Twitter that “if President Biden was a cartel member, he’d be employee of the year.”
This past year, over 400,000 illegal aliens were able to evade arrest by U.S. Border Patrol and enter the country illegally.
If President Biden was a cartel member, he’d be employee of the year. pic.twitter.com/nbsihU3SFB
— Tate Reeves (@tatereeves) October 6, 2021
The situation at the border continues to be a political lightning rod, and Reeves blamed the rise of border crossings on the Biden Administration’s cancellation of Trump-era immigration policies.
“Crossings were being reduced significantly during the Trump Administration. It was a combination of actually enforcing the law along with building the wall. Meanwhile, the new president comes in, and literally since that time, 1.3 million illegal immigrants have crossed the southern border and this administration has basically done absolutely nothing about it.”
In August, according to Pew Research Center, border crossings reached a 21-year high.
Host Chris Salcedo brought up a statement made by former Border Patrol Chief Rodney Scott, which estimates that the U.S. is paying $5 million a day being paid to contractors to “not build the border wall.”
“This is costing millions of dollars every day for America to not build the wall. Meanwhile, the cartels are making millions and millions of dollars a day in getting paid to help facilitate crossings, and also by, obviously, the high influx of illegal drugs coming across the border as well.”
Governor Reeves was among a group of 26 Republican governors that sent a letter to President Biden to request a meeting to discuss immigration. So far, that request has not been granted.