Reporter: '75% of American People’ Just ‘Aren't Getting It' When Mayorkas Explains Border Security

Craig Bannister | January 9, 2024
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Throwing a softball question to the DHS secretary on Monday, a reporter asked Sec. Alejandro Mayorkas how he can get through to the “75% of the American people” who just don’t understand how well he’s handling the illegal immigration crisis at the U.S. southern border.

Citing an unnamed poll, the reporter told Mayorkas that better “messaging” is the key to making the ignorant three-fourths of America understand that the Biden Administration knows what’s best for them regarding the situation at the border:

“Mr. Secretary, you mentioned a bunch of things the administration is trying to do, but a poll shows 75% of the American people aren't getting it.

“What can you do, message-wise, to convince the American people that what’s going with immigration, as far as the administration is concerned, is in America's best interest?”

“So, it is opportunities like this that I will use to communicate the facts to the American people,” Mayorkas replied, declaring that “it is very important that the American public understand the facts,” about “all this administration has done.”

The reporter was apparently citing results of a Rasmussen/National Pulse survey of likely voters released Monday showing that Americans are, indeed, extremely concerned about the flood of migrants into the U.S.:

  • Nearly three-fourths (72%) believe the current situation at the U.S.-Mexico border is “a crisis,” including majorities of all racial and political categories.
  • Two-thirds (65%) describe the current situation with migrants at the border with Mexico as “an invasion” of the U.S., including majorities of every racial and political category.
  • 43% believe it’s “very accurate” to say there’s an invasion of migrants taking place,
  • 70% of voters consider border security to be “a vital national security interest,” including majorities of all racial and political categories.
  • 82% of those who believe there’s a border crisis consider it to be an invasion.
  • 87% of those who consider border security a vital national security interest say there’s an invasion taking place at the border.
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