Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) told Breitbart News on Friday that migrants he spoke with at the southern border acknowledged they did not have legitimate asylum claims but were seeking economic benefits in America relative to their countries of origin.
Cotton said migrants he talked to admitted their reasons for seeking entry to America were not rooted in legitimate fears of persecution, Cotton shared.
“I talked to so many of these migrants,” Cotton said on SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Daily in an interview with Alex Marlow, author of Breaking the News: Exposing the Establishment Media’s Hidden Deals and Secret Corruption. “On the side, [these migrants]did the dog and pony show with a bunch of other senators. I grabbed a Border Patrol officer who spoke Spanish. We went [and]talked to some of [the migrants]sitting on the benches waiting to be processed.”
Cotton continued, “I said, ‘Where are you from? How long did it take you to get here? Why did you come?’, and to a person, they said, ‘I came to get a job,’ or, ‘I came to get together with my husband or my wife or my boyfriend or girlfriend who’s here and has a job.’”
“Not a single person claimed a genuine claim of asylum, something like, ‘I was persecuted because of my race or sex or I was persecuted because my political views,’” he added.
The Biden’s administration’s public statements and policies towards the border and immigration are incentivizing the flow of illegal immigration across the southern border, Cotton remarked.
“[The Biden administration’s] rhetoric and their policies have induced thousands and thousands of migrants to flood our borders to the point where we’re now simply releasing them into the country without so much as a notice to appear in court, asking them politely to go to their final destination and then show up and report themselves to the immigration authorities,” he stated.
“There’s nothing moral and there ‘s nothing virtuous about Joe Biden’s rhetoric and policies that have induced these young women and these young children to make a very dangerous journey across almost 2,000 miles of Mexico to get our border on the hope that they will be admitted into our country and given legal status permanently,” he said.