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Dem Senator: Biden Did ‘One of the Toughest’ Border Regimes, But Crisis Got Bigger

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Senator Chris Murphy defended President Biden’s response to the border crisis, saying Biden implemented one of the toughest border regulatory regimes in decades within his first week in office, though it received little media coverage.

Murphy argued the situation changed as border crossings increased to 10,000 daily, making the crisis larger and more immediate.

“Do you accept that President Biden and his team waited too long, because there is an argument that he waited too long to address the gravity of this crisis?” Anderson Cooper asked.

While some argue Biden waited too long to address the issue, visiting the border only recently, Murphy countered that Biden introduced an immigration reform bill early on and took regulatory action opposed by some immigration groups.

Murphy also noted Republicans were finally willing to negotiate a deal this summer, unlike the prior three years of Biden’s term, allowing progress to be made.

“Today’s trip was only the second time he’s actually visited the southern border. He kind of pawned it off on Kamala Harris a while back. This border deal probably could have gotten done a lot sooner,” Murphy said.

Murphy said, “Well, President Biden, in his first week or so in office, introduced an immigration and border reform bill. And though it didn’t get any coverage in the press, he implemented one of the toughest new regulatory regimes at the border in decades, a regime that was opposed, by, frankly, many progressive immigration groups.”

“So, it’s just actually not true when people say, well, President Biden didn’t do anything on the border until this summer, he actually has. What changed is that there are now 10,000 people showing up on a daily basis. And so, the crisis is bigger, it’s more immediate. And what also changed is that, finally, Republicans, we thought, were willing to come to the table and get something done, something they were not willing to do for the first three years of President Biden’s term in office.”

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