Tapper asks Sinema: ‘Dems just don’t take border security seriously – they just don’t.’ Do you agree?

Newly independent Arizona Sen. Krysten Sinema may be expected to continue caucusing with the Democrats, but that didn’t stop her from appearing to respond in earnest to the suggestion that “Democrats just don’t take border security seriously.”

(Video: CNN)

Progressive heads exploded last week when Sinema made the announcement of her updated registration which was timed to coincide with an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper. Throughout the discussion, the senator, who contended that neither major party has ever truly been a fit for her, was made to qualify some of her positions in the new political light.

With the border crisis being one of the featured failures of President Joe Biden’s administration and the Democratic Party, Tapper brought the matter up in the final segment of the interview that aired Sunday during “State of the Union.”

“One of the big complaints I hear from conservatives, from Republicans,” he began, “is Democrats just don’t take border security seriously. They just don’t. Do you agree with that sentiment? And do you think there is an actual path forward there? Democrats are still going to have the majority in the next Senate. You can still get this on the floor of the Senate, if you want.”

Sinema replied without mincing words, “Well, as a native Arizonan who was born and raised near the Southern border, I can tell you unequivocally that the federal government has failed its duty in the last 40 years.”

Tapper couldn’t help but qualify, “Not just Democrats,” which led the lawmaker to add, “Not–it’s just everyone. The federal government has failed here. And places like Arizona, front lines of this crisis, have been paying the price every single day since then. So, for us, this isn’t just a talking point of team A vs. team B. This is our life every day.”

As previously reported, Sinema has partnered with Republican Sen. Thom Tillis (NC) on the framework for legislation meant to provide $25 billion in border security while also offering up amnesty to approximately 2 million young illegal aliens designated with the flowery moniker “dreamers.”

“The reality is, is that, when folks say we have got to just provide a legal path to citizenship for dreamers, which I support wholeheartedly–these kids are Americans in all but name. So, when folks say, we’ve got to do that, I agree. And when folks say we’ve got to secure the border, of course I agree,” she told Tapper, promoting her legislation.

“My state is suffering from the failure to do so for 40 years. So, this is a perfect example of why I’m so frustrated with partisanship that has gripped our nation, and the parties are pulling folks away. It’s not either/or. It’s and,” the senator argued, despite the swampy partisan compromise that gave rise to her so-called bipartisan effort. “Both of those concerns are real and valid. And we, as a government, have a duty to solve both of those concerns.”

Her fellow Arizona native Rep. Andy Biggs (R), who is vying for Speaker of the House for the 118th Congress, weighed in on the Sinema/Tillis plan and stated, “I cannot support immigration amnesty of any kind. The Senate’s latest proposal rewards millions of lawbreakers with citizenship and would send a message to the world that now is the time to enter the United States illegally. This would further exacerbate Biden’s border crisis.”

Likewise, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), who is favored to win the role of speaker, has said he will not bring immigration reform up for a vote if the border is not secure.


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