A number of Republicans criticized President Joe Biden’s (D) State of the Union address, pointing out what they felt were inaccuracies while also arguing that the President did not mention immigration concerns at the border. In an interview with Fox News, Florida Senator Marco Rubio (R) discussed the President’s address, commenting that Biden avoided mentioning “the biggest disaster of the first 100 days.”
In recent weeks, lawmakers have taken trips to the border to survey growing immigration concerns. Both President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris (D) have been criticized for not visiting the border. However, it’s reported that Vice President Harris will be visiting the border in June, but there’s no word yet on when President Biden will be taking a trip to the southern border.
In his interview with Fox News, Senator Rubio commented that he wasn’t at all surprised that “one of the biggest failures of the first 100 days is something that they’ve ignored.”
Not surprising that the biggest disaster of the first 100 days, the migrant border crisis, didn’t get much mention in last nights speech pic.twitter.com/ORBAeA1Gow
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) April 29, 2021
“I don’t think there’s any dispute that it’s a crisis,” Rubio added, explaining that Biden made a mistake in announcing that he’s gonna do “the opposite of the previous President” because it sets the precedent that “it’s gonna be easier to get in.”
In turn, “that perception leads to actions,” and “we can’t have an uncontrolled situation at the border.”
The Florida lawmaker expressed that the Government sympathizes with individuals that do choose to cross the border, but he shared his disappointment in hearing that President Biden “glosses over” the situation.
Last month, Rubio discussed the border "crisis" with Fox News, expressing that “this is a crisis which has the potential to escalate into a humanitarian catastrophe.”
He placed blame on Democrats after President Biden made a plea to people to not "come over."
“They are being told by trafficking networks, ‘there’s a new President, he’s not like the other President, if you show up in America at the border, they’re gonna let you in, and if you show up with kids, they’re gonna really let you in even faster,’” Rubio said.