RFK Jr says gaps in southern border ‘should have been closed’ over three years ago

2024 presidential candidate Robert Kennedy Jr. reiterated his call to secure the southern border, asking the Biden administration to use its power to seal up the 27 gaps being used to sneak into the United States.

The independent candidate explained how he became a supporter of securing the border after making a visit himself, during which he saw 300 people cross the border over the course of two hours. He explained that people are illegally crossing into the border through one of 27 gaps, which he argued “should have been closed three and a half years ago.”

“The material is sitting on the ground next to the gaps,” Kennedy explained on Fox News’s The Story With Martha MacCallum. “But President Biden and Secretary Mayorkas ordered the fence stopped. The construction of the fence, the materials has already been purchased, and that’s where everybody’s coming through, so all they need to do is to seal those gaps in the fence.”

Kennedy added that the remote areas along the southern border needed to have security measures implemented as well, such as security cameras and sensors. He added that these precautions were already in place but that President Joe Biden and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas had removed them.

Mayorkas stated on Wednesday that the southern border is in a state of “crisis,” marking the first time while under oath before Congress that he has stated this. Over the past three years, he had refrained from providing a “yes” or “no” answer to lawmakers’ questions about whether the record-high number of illegal immigrant arrests at the southern border constituted a “crisis.”

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Kennedy took a second visit to the border earlier this year, during which he criticized Biden’s “pettiness” in reversing former President Donald Trump’s immigration agenda. 

In late February, a majority of recipients expressed support for the construction of a border wall along Mexico, the first time this had happened since polling on the subject began. The data found that 53% of recipients expressed support for the wall compared to 2015, when 48% expressed support.

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