Americans Aren’t Stupid To Believe There Is An Immigration Crisis

As if political division in the United States wasn’t horrendous enough, some mainstream media personalities are throwing fuel on the fire. On January 8, MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough thought it would be a brilliant idea to label millions of Americans as “stupid.”

“How stupid are Americans who still believe there’s a crisis on the southern border?” he asked on his show “Morning Joe.”

The television host ranted that major networks should not broadcast President Trump’s Oval Office address, and he accused the president of lying about illegal immigration statistics to manufacture a fake crisis.

However, regardless of Scarborough’s claims, the facts prove that there is indeed a serious problem at the border and that greater border security, including a physical barrier, are necessary to protect this nation’s sovereignty. Here are five reasons why it was “stupid” for him to claim there is no crisis at the southern border:

  • Unidentified alien child (UAC) apprehensions by the Border Patrol have dramatically increased in Fiscal Year 2019 compared to the previous year. More than 10,000 UACs have already been apprehended this year alone. Historically, most have been males ranging from 15 to 17 years of age.
  • The Border Patrol apprehended more than four times as many family units (48,287 in total) in FY 2019 than during the same time period in FY 2018. Thousands of these families have been released into the country, and many never show up for their immigration hearings.
  • The number of pending immigration-related court cases has escalated in the last year. Almost 130,000 cases were added to the backlog in FY 2018. The total backlog now sets at over 786,000.
  • With the full year statistics yet to be released, the Border Patrol has already seized more methamphetamine and fentanyl in FY 2018 than the entire year before. When the complete numbers are released, the pounds of fentanyl seized at the border will likely double the total from FY 2017.
  • U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement (ICE) saw book-ins to their detention facilities increase because of the surge in illegal aliens crossing the border, according to the agency’s new report. ICE received 396,448 book-ins in FY 2018 compared to 323,591 in FY 2017.

If these numbers combined with the caravans that have recently been arriving at the border don’t constitute a crisis to Scarborough, it’s hard to imagine what would. Hundreds of thousands of unvetted illegal aliens are storming the border every year, and the lack of proper border security only ensures that the problem will worsen. Before calling concerned Americans “stupid,” perhaps Joe Scarborough should look in the mirror.

About Author


Casey joined FAIR in 2018. He assists the research team with projects and writes for FAIR’S website. He previously spent a year working in journalism in Washington, D.C. He graduated from the University of Central Florida with a B.A. in Journalism in 2017.


  1. avatar

    Build the dam Wall already. They come here work under the table Do jobs without Insurance for half the Money. I used to be able to charge.for a Job & Ruin Our Economy by sending all their money back to Mexico. Enough then they commit so many crimes, Rapes, keep makin babies so fast , one a year on the Avg then send under the table money home to Mexico & claim Govt Benefits to live on CRAZY Totally ruining the Mason & landscaping trade

  2. avatar

    We should take all of those lying and/or ignorant “reporters”, AND THEIR FAMILIES, down to any of the most dangerous areas along the border and not permit them to leave the area for a period of no less than 1 year. They do everything there. All of them. Should they wish to do a video of themselves admitting that they’ve been totally wrong and/or were merely following their employer’s scripts, they get out sooner.
    And THEN we allow them to go back on the air and see if their tune is different.

  3. avatar
    Virginia McIntyre on

    The majority of Americans want THE WALL to be biilt NOW. Build the wall and save American lives.

  4. avatar

    Not Building a Security Wall Fixes Nothing

    Building a wall prevents 90% +/- 10% of the people invasion problem according to wall history actuals throughout the world…but its useless and they can tunnel under it anyway alleges the OBP lately…LOL

    The OBP is a bunch of rich elite “educated idiots” if they belief their own Mother Goose Tales.

  5. avatar

    “But we do not want a wall”. So said Democratic Congressman Scott Peters of San Diego about his constituents in last Saturday’s Democratic weekly address. That’s very convenient and just more of the word parsing claptrap the other side uses. The fact is that Bill Clinton, remember all his words condemning illegal immigration at the time, built a double layer fence along the San Diego/Tijuana border in the 90s. Reporters now carry on like 5 year-olds calling out Trump for saying he campaigned on a wall. He did but he always said he was flexible on the exact details. He and the Border Patrol, the people who know, would be glad to have a border long double layer fence. It’s the height of hypocrisy for Peters and his voters to sit behind the safety of a fence that stopped the flood of illegals overwhelming their city, and then say others are not entitled to the same. And not just border cities but all the interior cities that most illegals end up in.