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Sen. Cotton says Biden ‘opened our borders’ to immigrants bringing drugs

​Sen. Tom Cotton slammed President Biden over his immigration policies, saying they’ve “completely opened our borders,” allowing lethal drugs to enter the country and immigrants to take jobs away from Americans. ​

Cotton (R-Ark.) pointed out that 100,000 Americans died in a 12-month span between April 2020 and April 2021 from drug overdoses, with the “majority of the drugs coming from Mexico.”

Deaths due to opioids, including highly potent fentanyl, accounted for more than 75 percent of fatalities during the yearlong span, the dates showed.

“​E​very state is a border state. And every town is a border town. Joe Biden’s immigration policy has completely opened our borders. We had more than 2 million people enter a country as illegal migrants in the first year of the Biden ​presidency. That’s like adding the entire state of Nebraska​,” Cotton told John Catsimatidis on his WABC 770 AM ​ ​radio show in an interview that aired Sunday.

Immigrants from the southern border get off a World Atlantic Airlines airplane and board charter buses at Westchester County Airport in White Plains, NY on October 15, 2021.
Christopher Sadowski
Sen. Cotton questioned President Biden's border policies.
Sen. Cotton questioned President Biden’s border policies.

“​They are bringing with them drugs. They are, in many cases, gang members or hardened criminals​,” the senator said.

He also said immigrants are “taking jobs from Americans, and driving down wages for Americans.”

Cotton said Democrats used to believe that enforcing border policies were “racist and nativist and xenophobic.”

Immigrants from the southern border getting off a World Atlantic Airlines airplane and boarding charter buses at Westchester County Airport in White Plains, NY on October 15, 2021
Sen. Tom Cotton said that immigrants are taking jobs from Americans.
Christopher Sadowski

But now “they seem to believe that borders are racist and xenophobic. That if you exclude anyone from the country, you are a racist and a xenophobe​,” he told Catsimatidis.

He said a century ago when immigrants arrived at Ellis Island, they had to demonstrate that they weren’t carrying communicable disease and were able to provide for themselves. 

“These are two of the most basic and long-standing principles of immigration law and policy in this country. That would be a pretty good standard to apply to our southern border today​,” Cotton said. 

Immigrants from the southern border getting off a charter bus and apparently being released into the custody of their families or relatives after landing at Westchester County Airport and being taken to the Thomas Edison Service Area on the New Jersey Turnpike in Woodbridge, NJ around 1 a.m. on October 14, 2021. The flights have reportedly been happening recently as the Biden Administration has been allowing illegal immigrants to stay in the county instead of deporting them.
Sen. Tom Cotton claims opening borders allows lethal drugs to enter the country.
Christopher Sadowski

He said the Biden administration won’t even meet that standard. 

“One [Department of Homeland Security] official said, ‘We want to help them get to their final destination.’ Their final destination, if they don’t have a right to be here, should be back to their country of origin,” he said. ​​

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