Dem lawmaker admits southern border is ‘not closed’

Border-state Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX) is, once again, speaking out about the Biden administration’s handling of the southern border crisis.

This time, the Daily Caller reports that Cuellar contradicted the Biden administration’s narrative that the southern border is “closed.” 

“They’re just not on the same page when they say the border’s closed. It’s not closed,” Cuellar said.

A sickening prediction

Cuellar’s latest comments on the southern border crisis came during a Fox News Channel appearance that he made on Friday. Besides contradicting the Biden administration’s claim that the southern border is closed, Cuellar explained to the American people just how bad the problem is.

“Last year we had 1.7 million individuals that came in,” Cuellar said. “I think at the end of this fiscal year, we’ll probably have maybe 2.3 million. That is almost 4 million individuals in just two years. Then if you count the 400, 500,000 get-aways, you’re talking about 4.5 million individuals.”

Those are staggering figures, and the unfortunate truth is that Cuellar, here, is not exaggerating.

The numbers he provided are fully supported by data from United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Those figures can be found here.

“You have to have repercussions”

Cuellar, in the interview, went on to argue that there have to be “repercussions” to stem the flow of illegal southern border crossings.

“You have to have repercussions,” Cuellar said. “If you don’t have repercussions – this is where my friend [Rep.] Tony Gonzales [R-TX] and myself are on the same page – there have to be repercussions at the border. Otherwise, they’ll keep coming.”

During the interview, Cuellar also commented on the busing situation, in which Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) has been voluntarily busing illegal immigrants to Democrat-run cities, such as New York, Chicago, and Washington D.C.

Cuellar said:

The first city that bused some people from the border away from the border was actually my hometown of Laredo. We actually bused them to Dallas and Houston. Guess what happened? The mayor in Houston called the mayor in Laredo and said, “what are you doing? You can’t send them over here.” So, you know, it’s interesting, people can say open borders. When it happens in our own backyard, they don’t like it. What they’re seeing, though, is a drop of what Tony Gonzalez and myself and the border communities see.

Cuellar, unfortunately, is a rare voice a reason among Democrats, at least with regard to this particular issue.