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Robert F. Kennedy Jr. traveled to Yuma, Arizona, Tuesday to survey the fallout of the Biden administration's border policies, as well as to speak with those left to pick up the pieces, such as Yuma Mayor Douglas Nicholls and Yuma County Sheriff Leon Wilmot.
At an unfinished section of border wall — the completion of which President Joe Biden halted his first day in office — Kennedy observed hundreds of illegal aliens flout American law and steal into the country.
"This is not a good thing for our country. It's not a good thing for these people. And it's unsustainable," Kennedy said in a cell phone video, with illegal aliens from China, Peru, Afghanistan, and elsewhere reportedly behind him.
As foreign nationals slipped by just feet away, Kennedy, running against Biden for the Democratic presidential nomination, explained early Tuesday morning, "In three years, in total, seven million people have come across the border illegally into our country. And from here, they're put on these buses and they're brought to the Border Patrol's station where they're processed. After four or five days, they're released on their on recognizance into our country and most of them are never seen or heard from again."
\u201cAt 2 am this morning, I visited the border outside of Yuma, Arizona where thousands of migrants are crossing the border each week. You have to see it with your own eyes. #Kennedy24\u201d— Robert F. Kennedy Jr (@Robert F. Kennedy Jr) 1686086508
According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, over 1.4 million illegal aliens stole into the country between October and April alone. Between October 2021 and September 2022, the number of southwest land border encounters was well over 2.3 million. Another 1.7 million entered illegally between October 2020 and September 2021. Among those who have entered illegally are suspected terrorists.
Prior to the expiration of Title 42, which was used to eject roughly 2.8 million illegal aliens from the U.S., illegal immigration was already costing taxpayers $151 billion per year, not including losses suffered by the demos as a result of grievous crimes routinely committed by criminal noncitizens in the homeland.
Last month, Kennedy noted on Twitter that Francisco Oropeza Perez-Torres, an illegal alien deported back to Mexico four times, had been arrested for the April 28 murder of five people, including a 9-year-old boy.
"It is not anti-immigrant bigotry to demand an immigration system that keeps out criminals," wrote Kennedy. "As President, I will enforce a secure border, and I will expand the kind of LEGAL immigration that made our country great."
Perez-Torres is by no means exceptional.
In the way of convictions of criminal noncitizens, so far this year there have been: 493 for assault or battery; 792 for drunk driving; 129 for rape and other sexual offenses; 12 for murder; and thousands of convictions for other various other crimes. In the previous years that Biden has been president, there were over 120 murder convictions. From 2017 to 2020, there were altogether 11 murder convictions.
Kennedy told Elon Musk in a Twitter Spaces interview Monday that he would have the U.S.-Mexico border permanently sealed, not just as a means to re-establish U.S. sovereignty and curb crime but to prevent foreign nationals from stealing into the nation and draining resources intended for struggling American citizens.
Kennedy told NewsNation's Ali Bradley this week that the border under Biden is a "dystopian nightmare" that clearly could have been prevented, in part by bolstering defensive infrastructure, leaning on Mexico and Central American countries to stem the flow of migrants, and entertaining a baseline willingness to enforce the law of the land.
"This is a humanitarian crisis because of the understanding across the globe that we now have an open border here," he said.
The Biden administration's failure to take control of the border has proven fortuitous for terrorist cartels, Kennedy indicated, noting it has "become a multibillion dollar business every month, smuggling people across."
While critical of the White House, Kennedy stressed that Americans along the border have attempted to step up to address the "problem that has been created by the federal government. ... It's kind of the best part of America and the worst part at the same time."
According to a late-May CNN poll, Kennedy is second most-favored in the polls amongst prospective Democratic voters. 20% presently favor him, but he nevertheless trails Biden by 40 points. The RealClear Politics average presently has Biden at 42.5-point advantage.
Michael Goodwin of the New York Post recently suggested that if Kennedy is able to gain significant momentum over the summer, he might be able to compel Biden to engage him in a debate, which the DNC presently refuses to schedule.
Regardless of whether an official debate takes place, the 69-year-old can at least disturb the monologic on the left.
Karen Townsend of Hot Air indicated that Kennedy may not have a shot at the nomination, but he can force the media to take up Biden's failings and the Biden campaign to respond.
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Joseph MacKinnon is a staff writer for Blaze News.