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Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, discusses the current border crisis, when he believes media outlets will be allowed in to observe the conditions at migrant facilities and why he says the Biden administration's message isn't getting through. Aired on 03/24/2021.
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43 Comments on "Rep. Cuellar On Border Crisis, Messaging And How To Slow Crossings | Morning Joe | MSNBC"

  1. Let’s focus on the nearly 10 million legal citizens unemployed in the United States first.

  2. A lot of good people want to come to America. Please make immigration faster.
    Edit: legally please.

    • @Corey Ham I don’t know what to tell you man. There are so many factors to consider. Yeah. You are right. America is a big country but we can’t help everyone. I know america is one of the countries that takes in the most immigrants. I was just afraid of not acknowledging what good people go through to get here. The ones that do it legally. I am pro border but I do believe legal immigration can be better.

    • FREEMAN PEAVY | March 24, 2021 at 4:29 PM | Reply

      @Jose Sosa Definitely a complicated process. These people are asking for asylum but the courts are about 2 years behind. Catch and release is just putting money into the Cartels pockets. I believe in 2017 they made $2 billion on human trafficking. If you have to babysit kids at border patrol then you cannot stem illegal drugs coming into the country…Thanks

    • @Jose Sosa OK, thanks for the reply. The whole world immigration and poverty crisis is a massive and almost unsolvable problem. It is just too big and there are so many conflicting and complicating issues. Some facts to consider.
      – 1950 US population was 140 million
      – 2020 US population is 331 million
      Most of this is almost certainly from immigration.
      – 2019 US citizens living below the official poverty level was 34 million.
      – The populations of South America, Central America, and Mexico combined is over 2x the entire US population.
      – One report showed that over 5.5 million left Venezuala alone in the past few years due to violence, poverty, politics.
      – Many countries are in dire situations of poverty and starvation. Yemen – 29 million, Syria – 17 million, Lebanon – 7 million, Palestine – 5 million, and dozens of other countries with similar issues.
      ………………………………..
      – The root causes of world poverty and violence are many and include: civil wars, dictatorships, religious differences, ethnic differences, corruption, and much more.
      – There is little of a practical matter that the US can do about many of these issues in independent countries.
      – Even if the US had a pretty liberal immigration policy of say 1 percent of population annually, that would only be about 3.3 million per year. That would still leave hundreds of millions worldwide in dire conditions and wanting to immigrate to the US.
      – And then you have the whole issue of how you pick and choose who the lucky immigrants actually are, and who gets rejected. A tough issue in and of itself.
      – Reportedly, the US devotes about 1 percent of the total federal budget to foreign aid in one form or another.
      ……………………………………….
      Just a few random thoughts about the concept of immigration and the US. Regardless, one can thank their lucky stars to have won the lottery and been born in the US. The vast majority of world citizens were not so fortunate.

    • @Corey Ham thanks for the info. The best we can do is try to help eachother at least.

    • @Jose Sosa OK, always good to compare notes and ideas. Agreed, all we can do is to try and help the best that we can.

  3. How would any country in the world let this many people cross the border unhinged, not to be mean here, if we want to stop them from coming, we would have stopped them from coming many many years ago, figure it out for yourselves, why?

  4. What can be done to help the countries where these people come from improve their conditions so there isn’t so much need for them to leave in the first place? My limited understanding is their livelihoods, like farming, is being undermined b/c of things like climate change. What about finding ways to help them develop new sustainable industries, like renewable energy?

    • If you think the conditions in Central America are ever going to be comparable to living the USA anytime soon, then you are living in a fantasy world, literally. Central America is very unlikely to ever become an economic powerhouse like many developing countries in Southeast Asia. Costa Rica and Panama are success stories, but even there the average person does not have very much compared to in the USA. There’s no rule of law, no infrastruture, no education, poverty, and crime everywhere. We send them a few billion a year just so the local government does not push them to come here. It would take a huge investment in terms of development, security forces and education to really fix the problems there, and it would also take many years for that to really make a difference. The people there know this, and the only solution that can be achieved in the near future is for them to come here where the basic institutions that support a functional society already exist.

    • Martha Delgadillo | March 25, 2021 at 7:55 PM | Reply

      Corruption is rampant in many governments. Who do you think enabled drug crisis. Who do you think destabilized regions rich in resources stole land from those who lawfully owned it & caused them to flee for their life.

  5. Patricia Crane | March 24, 2021 at 12:24 PM | Reply

    If you want them not to come you need to make the countries these people are fleeing more safe so they want to stay in their own country. Until you face that problem they will keep coming because their home is unsafe and it is partly Americas fault.

    • Everything is America’s fault. Got it. No other country has ever done anything wrong. They are all perfect except for where America has been involved. Makes perfect sense.

    • I agree it is on a large scale our fault for a long time. How ever we cannot fix other countries inhumane conditions. We tried helping and training but if there Country does not help to fix there inhumane conditions. We cannot help forever and train forever.

    • US actions in the past contributed to destabilization of the South American governments. They would send troops “to help” in these modern times if there was oil found in any of these places

    • @J Exactly. The world was perfect around 250 years ago before stupid America came along. America ruined everything for everybody.

  6. I would like to know what I could do as a citizen to help the children at the border. I have ideas that can help with the children and also with the negative media exposure created by nefarious outlets. The problem is in the messaging. People are seeing this as a crisis when I see it as an opportunity, an opportunity to help children in need, an opportunity for people that believe in the right to life to do something concrete for the ones they claim to protect, an opportunity to sponsor one or more children or dare I say adopt. We should be sending counselors, teachers, nurses, food, clothes, coloring books, crayons, anything and I am sure that if any one puts the word out you will find plenty of volunteers. The time for bold action is now. I await your response. Thank You.

    • @Ray QuinonezOK, thanks for the reply. The whole world immigration and poverty crisis is a massive and almost unsolvable problem. It is just too big and there are so many conflicting and complicating issues. Some facts to consider.
      – 1950 US population was 140 million
      – 2020 US population is 331 million
      Most of this is almost certainly from immigration.
      – 2019 US citizens living below the official poverty level was 34 million.
      – The populations of South America, Central America, and Mexico combined is over 2x the entire US population.
      – One report showed that over 5.5 million left Venezuala alone in the past few years due to violence, poverty, politics.
      – Many countries are in dire situations of poverty and starvation. Yemen – 29 million, Syria – 17 million, Lebanon – 7 million, Palestine – 5 million, and dozens of other countries with similar issues.
      ………………………………..
      – The root causes of world poverty and violence are many and include: civil wars, dictatorships, religious differences, ethnic differences, corruption, and much more.
      – There is little of a practical matter that the US can do about many of these issues in independent countries.
      – Even if the US had a pretty liberal immigration policy of say 1 percent of population annually, that would only be about 3.3 million per year. That would still leave hundreds of millions worldwide in dire conditions and wanting to immigrate to the US.
      – And then you have the whole issue of how you pick and choose who the lucky immigrants actually are, and who gets rejected. A tough issue in and of itself.
      – Reportedly, the US devotes about 1 percent of the total federal budget to foreign aid in one form or another.
      ……………………………………….
      Just a few random thoughts about the concept of immigration and the US. Regardless, one can thank their lucky stars to have won the lottery and been born in the US. The vast majority of world citizens were not so fortunate.
      -……………………………………………………
      So Ray, the bottom line is that your desire to help and belief in american exceptionalism is admirable. And naturally every person is a human being and to the extent that we can help even one person … that is also admirable. But the truth is that world poverty and violence is so pervasive and overwhelming that the US can only help at the margins for many many reasons. For example, Yemen alone is 29 million people and civil war and starvation are killing a significant majority of their population. There are many tens of millions fleeing violence and starvation worldwide today. So yes, in reality, we are picking and choosing who we can help on a worldwide basis …. that is realistically the only choice we actually have, even though we might wish such to be otherwise.

    • why wait ray go now , move to mexico and help them they need you there !

    • @Lorry boggs because I live here and it’s possible to help without uprooting yourself. Also I want not just to benefit the children but also to improve America as a whole. The problem is not the children, the problem is America. So I say ‘America, love it or make it better.

    • @Corey Ham massive and unsolvable? That doesn’t sound like America to me. People can come up with a lot of fancy words to say what they can’t do. Those that CAN do use that time to solve the problem not to explain your way our of one.

    • @Ray Quinonez Really? Can you solve the drug cartels in Mexico? Can you solve the centuries old religious civil war in Lebanon? Can you solve the 70 year old Israel vs. Palestine question and equity? Can you solve the natural disaster problems that happen every year now in the Caribbean and Central America? Can you solve the dictatorships in Venezuela and other South American countries over and over and over again? Can you stabilize Afghanistan after decades of civil war? Can you deal with military overthrow in Myanmar and over 1 million fleeing to Bangladesh? Can you deal with the 10 year old dictatorship in Syria that has devastated the country and left millions in poverty? Can you deal with Yemen and the civil war that is starving about 25 million to the verge of extinction. Can you even deal with the 34 million americans living below the poverty line? Or can you even deal with the 40 year old growing and massive wealth inequality in the US? Or can you even deal with the ever growing gun violence in the US? And all of the above are just the tip of the iceberg in identifying tens of thousands of major issues confronting mankind in the US and around the world.

      So the real truth is that neither you nor anyone else for that matter has the answers and solutions to the multitude of massive issues confronting the US and the world. All we can do is possibly help at the margins in a small way with perhaps a few of them. Mike Bloomberg, a amult-billionaire, has been spending billions and organizing millions in the US for at least a decade now on the US gun violence issue. And he has made some relatively minor impact on the issue …. but in the bigger picture, it is just a relatively minor few steps forward and nowhere near a comprehensive answer or solution to the totality of the gun violence issue in the US. But do wish you much success in helping even one person, as such is at least a start. Helping billions though is a far different challenge.

  7. Shawn Corbin | March 24, 2021 at 1:16 PM | Reply

    Who removed our border policy that was working great? Therein lies the fault.

  8. Rachel Ottelé | March 24, 2021 at 1:18 PM | Reply

    S’évertuer a defendre toutes les causes et a ne prendre le parti de personne, simple instinct de survie @lemonde New error Batman #WeAreNeutralToo

  9. mikeincalifornia | March 24, 2021 at 4:00 PM | Reply

    If they want a suggestion on how to get across the message “Don’t come” more effectively they might consider saying it in Spanish. Or even Portuguese since it would seem that some of these folks are from Brazil. Just a thought.

  10. Jacinta Rooke | March 24, 2021 at 4:22 PM | Reply

    OMG I dont think theres been an admin thats gotten this right, just build a decent facility already, like the rest of us,this is insane , if only they could make it to Australia, our government should help, the world belongs to us ALL

    • Trump got it right. They quit coming. It went from thousands a month to like a few hundred, if that. He also got all the kids back to their parents, an embassy, or a proper shelter.

    • Jon Morrison | March 26, 2021 at 8:22 PM | Reply

      *demented Joe Biden defunded the border wall.*

  11. CIO Whitepapers | March 24, 2021 at 5:37 PM | Reply

    How about incentivizing all of those ‘Woke’ companies (Apple,, Nike, etc) to start manufacturing in Central America?

    • Many companies like Hanes and Fruit of the Loom have actually shutdown factories in Central America due to lack of competitive prices and product quality compared to Asian factories and also due to the poor security situation on a relative basis compared to other parts of the world.

    • CIO Whitepapers | March 24, 2021 at 10:05 PM | Reply

      @SenorA271 True, but now we know enough about China to factor in the ‘hidden’ costs like IP theft, support for autocracy/genocide and an immigration crisis. Add those costs to the price tag and perhaps Central America becomes more attractive. Mexico can hold down Cancun because it generates revenue. Same might be possible with a Special Economic Zone somewhere in Central America. U.S. or U.N can administer security.

  12. where does a poor honduran/guatemalan get 6000$ to pay for the trip?

  13. Drug Cartels are just business people just like US Corporate Pharmaceutical Companies

  14. Thank you Congressman Cuellar! Push-Pull messaging, very informative.

  15. President Biden invited
    Created this sad lose of life
    Disgrace

  16. Earl Bentivoglio | March 25, 2021 at 12:01 PM | Reply

    Hay slow joe time to continue wall.change polices befor to late .you making Democrat party look worse and worse every day .

  17. Stasia Spade | March 25, 2021 at 3:11 PM | Reply

    We need to show films of the people left to die in trucks by coyotes!

  18. Martha Delgadillo | March 25, 2021 at 7:34 PM | Reply

    This senator speaks like a Republican

  19. Can someone explain to me where these people living in poverty and destitution get $6,000 a piece to come here? We got people retired 950 a month. Looks like a pretty good business for me in a bunch of phony information

  20. Jon Morrison | March 26, 2021 at 8:22 PM | Reply

    *demented Joe Biden defunded the border wall.*

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