In a recent statement, Kari Lake, a Republican candidate for the Arizona Senate, expressed concern over what she describes as a significant increase in illegal border crossings into Arizona from Mexico, terming the situation a “Bidenvasion.” Lake, who previously ran for governor in Arizona, emphasized that the state is currently facing the most severe border issues in the country. She highlighted a stark contrast to the situation during Donald Trump’s presidency, noting a substantial rise in illegal crossings since then.
Lake pointed out that while some crossings involve families, the majority, about 71%, are made by adult individuals. Speaking on Fox News’s “Sunday Morning Futures” with Maria Bartiromo, Lake expressed her view that these crossings represent an invasion of sorts, equating the influx of individuals to a foreign army entering the U.S. She criticized the current administration for what she perceives as a lack of attention to this issue and called for the completion of the border wall.
The Senate hopeful also mentioned the impact of these crossings on Sasabe, a small town on the Arizona-Mexico border. According to Lake, Sasabe, once home to a population of about 2,000, has been dramatically affected, with only 15 families currently residing there. Lake attributes this change to cartel control in the area.
Lake warned that if the situation is not addressed, Arizona could undergo irreversible changes. She advocated for treating the cartels as terrorist organizations. Her comments come as she prepares to run in the upcoming Senate race, where she will potentially face Democratic Representative Ruben Gallego. The seat is currently held by Senator Kyrsten Sinema, who recently left the Democratic Party and became an independent.
Recent polling data, as per Lake’s campaign, shows former President Trump leading over President Joe Biden in Arizona, a trend Lake’s campaign views favorably. Meanwhile, the political future of Senator Sinema, who has not yet announced whether she will seek re-election as an independent, remains a topic of speculation among state political analysts.