WATCH: Dem. Congresswoman Dodges Question On Whether There’s a Crisis at the Border

During her interview on Morning Joe on Tuesday, Rep. Xochitl Torres Small (D-NM) refused to say there was a crisis along the southern border after being asked about it by MSNBC’s Willie Geist.

Small instead chose to refer to the situation at the border as “challenges.”

“So as you mentioned, I grew up along the border and I’m actually the only member of the Homeland Security Committee that represents a district along the U.S.-Mexico border. So I see real challenges we are facing and those challenges are getting bigger as we see more and more families voluntarily presenting along the border.”

She said the challenges are getting worse because of the “lack of initiative” from President Donald Trump’s administration.

“For example, we have a bipartisan agreement to increase judges. That was part of the resolution over the shutdown. Instead those immigration judges haven’t been hired. So there are ways we can make our asylum process more efficient that are just being ignored right now.

“So you believe there is a crisis at the border now, it just that there’s not enough being done about it,” Geist asked.

“I believe  that there are real challenges along the border and that we have to work together to address them,” Small replied.

Watch above, via MSNBC.

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Julio has previously written for Independent Journal Review. He is currently a Military/Veterans Contributor for and serving in the Marine Corps Reserves.