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Fox News host Harris Faulkner opened a segment of “Outnumbered” on Monday regarding the worsening illegal migrant crisis as the Biden administration shows no real interest in enforcing border security.
To begin the segment, Faulkner told her co-hosts and guest that New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) is calling in the state’s National Guard to assist with processing and taking care of tens of thousands of migrants that have flooded into New York City, primarily, as well as other parts of the state amid complaints from both Democrats and Republicans.
But that said, “what’s going on in the streets of New York is a microcosm” of what is taking place daily along the U.S.-Mexico border, with the most recent trouble spot being Eagle Pass, Texas, Faulkner said as a video clip of scores of migrants wading across the Rio Grande.
She also noted that Border Patrol agents have been seen on video telling migrants they are free to do wherever they want in the country, adding that President Joe Biden obviously has no inclination about imposing border security even after millions of migrants have been allowed to cross illegally into the country since he took office.
“I don’t know how much vetting is being done because our Border Patrol agents are literally outnumbered at the border,” she continued, adding that they are processing migrants as quickly as possible but not deterring them from entering, which is actually their primary law enforcement function.
“Southern border is reaching levels that we have never seen before,” Faulkner added, “and it has been for the past few days,” with Customs and Border Protection sources reporting more than 11,000 migrant contacts during the previous 24-hour period.
“We don’t know who they are,” she said, adding that the number “marks the highest single-day total in recent memory.”
She then showed a still video photo of a battered and bloodied Border Patrol agent who was “violently beaten in the Rio Grande sector” in recent days after he was attacked by a group of migrants — which means their first ‘official’ act after committing the crime of illegally crossing the border was to commit a criminal act of violence.
“His attacker was a known smuggler who was branded a ‘rat’ by the cartels,” she explained.
Earlier this year, during an interview with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, Faulkner also lambasted Biden’s lack of border enforcement after the Republican leader explained that a recent meeting with Biden, who visited the little-breached El Paso Sector, was largely for show.
“These points that I laid out about ending catch and release, about detaining people who were coming across the border illegally, and turning back across the border people who are coming across illegally,” Abbott explained during the January interview.
“All of those are things the President and the United States already have the legal authority to do, and they are not doing. Until they step up and start doing this, all these other things they are doing is nothing more than a dog and pony show, and it’s not going to stop anybody from coming across the border illegally,” he said.
“When you hear talk like this and knowing you took the facts to the president,” Faulkner responded, “it is doubly, doubly confounding, and just really hurtful for the nation to know that things could have been taking place that wouldn’t have even required new legislation. So the big question becomes why didn’t they do it?”
Later, Faulkner blasted Biden and local El Paso Democrats for reportedly clearing out migrant camps in the city near the border ahead of the president’s visit.
“We’ve been listening to that messaging problem on the border for two years. Real quickly, I’m calling what happened in El Paso, having been there myself, sanitized for presidential political protection. What was that? You go to the place that’s most porous right now — and that changes every now and then — but right now, for illegals coming across in your state, it is El Paso, Texas. You go there and you don’t see one person at an intake facility? You don’t see any migrants coming in? I mean, that takes some work, and then you sanitize the streets?” she said.