Jim Acosta loves to undermine the president every chance he gets. And today he’s a the border of McAllen, Texas, where Trump is visiting today.
He released a couple of videos this morning to suggest that McAllen is plenty safe and there is no border crisis:
All quiet on this stretch of the border ahead of Trump’s visit to McAllen TX area. pic.twitter.com/cJ9tBwdCSd— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) January 10, 2019
I found some steel slats down on the border. But I don’t see anything resembling a national emergency situation.. at least not in the McAllen TX area of the border where Trump will be today. pic.twitter.com/KRoLdszLUu— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) January 10, 2019
Nadine has lived in the McAllen area about a decade. She says it’s safe here and hasn’t seen people coming across the border causing crime and mayhem. pic.twitter.com/EIaFAYhHgR— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) January 10, 2019
Jose has lived here in the McAllen TX area his whole life. He also tells me it is very safe here. pic.twitter.com/GHRlW8nKf4— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) January 10, 2019
But did you notice where Acosta is filming in the top video, there’s a border fence? And a steel slats wall in the next video?
Well no wonder it’s quiet!
And there’s not just a border fence, but a moat as well:
weird...the fence and moat seem to be effective? https://t.co/itsLpnWU3t— Greg Pollowitz (@GPollowitz) January 10, 2019
If you look at McAllen on a map you’ll see a 230 foot wide body of water that runs along the border called the Rio Grande!
Here’s a different video of the border wall in McAllen, Texas from someone on Youtube:
But look, the point is that it’s ridiculous for Acosta film a quiet area of the border on a given day – especially one protected by a border fence – and then to suggest that there is no crisis at the border in order to undermine the president.
This is report from last October in USA Today about this area:
MCALLEN, Texas – A rising number of asylum-seekers from Central America are crossing the Texas border with Mexico, overflowing refugee centers and filling up federal processing facilities.
The number of family units – usually mothers or fathers with small children – apprehended in the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Rio Grande Valley sector jumped from 49,896 in fiscal year 2017 to 63,278 in fiscal year 2018, which ended Sept. 30. That’s a 27 percent increase, according to recently released agency statistics.
Those numbers are in line with an overall rise in family unit apprehensions across the Southwest border, which increased from 41,435 in fiscal year 2017 to 50,036 this past fiscal year, a 21 percent rise. The Rio Grande Valley Sector, which covers 320 border miles and runs from Rio Grande City to Brownsville and up the coast to Corpus Christi, was far and away the biggest contributor to that total.
But hey CNN, keep letting Jim Acosta put out fake news in order to try and undermine Trump. I’m sure it’s huge ratings for you…
Here’s a couple other responses from Twitter:
I know someone who had a family friend in McAllen go through their daughter getting kidnapped, raped, and taken to Mexico and held for ransom. Reporters who treat those experiences as if they never happened or as a joke are the absolute worst. https://t.co/jg9oBoyWpk— Comfortably Smug (@ComfortablySmug) January 10, 2019
Acosta making videos for the Trump administration showing the effectiveness of border barriers: https://t.co/6ZfZoykMh3— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) January 10, 2019