White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre delivered a word salad when Fox News reporter Peter Doocy asked for an explanation on why the Biden administration is planning to send troops to the southern border, which the White House has characterized as “secure.”
“If the border is secure, as the administration has said, then why would we need to send 1,500 active duty U.S. troops down there?” Doocy asked Tuesday.
“Because we need more work. We need more—work needs to be done,” answered Jean-Pierre. “Republicans in Congress refused to act. …We are putting … forth processes to deal with the changes that are going to be ahead of us.”
These remarks by the press secretary come as she claimed that illegal immigration in the U.S. has largely come down.
“When it comes to illegal migration, you’ve seen it come down by more than 90 percent, and that’s because of the actions that this president has taken.” Jean-Pierre reportedly stated Monday, offering no type of source for her allegations.
Meanwhile, Vice President Kamala Harris and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas have similarly said that the border is “secure.”
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Doocy confronted Jean-Pierre over her allegation of a 90% reduction, simply asking where she got the figure.
The White House press secretary responded by asking if the “dramatics could come down just a little bit” before delivering a long answer in which she claimed that “the data” seen in a recent Biden parolee program has revealed that it has dropped by over 90%. Notably not included in her answer was any citation as to where the calculation may have emerged.
Upon being pressed further, Jean-Pierre told Doocey, “No, I’m — we’re going to go. We’re going to move.”
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Around the same time all of this was taking place, a recent story CNN produced in El Paso, Texas showed a reporter who was left shocked at the staggering number of migrants seen hanging out in the city amidst record-high levels of illegal border crossings in recent times.
Struggling to find the right words, CNN’s Rosa Flores said it is “difficult to describe” just how many individuals there were on the city’s streets.