Republican Louisiana Sen. John Kennedy said Friday that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) wants the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to ground Fox News’ unmanned aerial vehicles. He said the Biden administration’s goal is to hide the “lunacy” of its “open border” policy.
“I believe that the reason that they’re limiting drone usage is because they don’t want the American public to know, and I think this is illegal,” Kennedy told “Fox & Friends.”
“I’m sure that some are people who want to come to America for a better life. That’s fine. I’m proud of that, but that’s why we have a legal immigration system,” Kennedy continued, claiming that many of the migrants trying to enter the U.S. are criminals, child predators, drug dealers and terrorists. “The idea of saying that anybody who wants to come in can come in is lunacy and the American people don’t support it, which is why I think the Biden administration is preventing the usage of the drones.” (RELATED: ‘The Mona Lisa Of Incompetence’: Sen. Kennedy Flames Biden For Leaving Billions Of Dollars Of Equipment ‘To The Enemy’)
The Border Patrol denied that grounding the drones has anything to do with news gathering and said that it “requested the temporary flight restriction due to drones interfering with law enforcement flights on the border. As with any temporary flight restriction, media is able to call the FAA to make requests to operate in the area.”
UPDATE: FAA statement
“The Border Patrol requested the temporary flight restriction due to drones interfering with law enforcement flights on the border. As with any temporary flight restriction, media is able to call the FAA to make requests to operate in the area.”@FoxNews
— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) September 17, 2021
Kennedy claimed restricting the drones is consistent with the Biden administration’s border policy because “when it comes to illegal immigration, you just can’t trust the Biden administration. It would be like trusting Harvey Weinstein with your daughter. When it comes to illegal immigration, the Biden administration lies like they breathe. They’re like timeshare salesmen.”
The senator insisted “we now have an open border policy … The nut jobs are in charge in the Biden administration.”
Kennedy said that it “is not racist” to stop illegal immigration at the border or to build a border wall. He argued that the Biden administration has attempted to racialize the issue and in doing so is “misjudging the American people.” (RELATED: Sen. John Rips Biden After News Of $2 BillionHalt To Border Wall)
Nearly 209,000 migrants came to the southern border in August, a slight decrease from July’s record high of 213,500, according to CBP. For comparison, in August 2020, 50,000 migrants crossed the border. In August 2019, 62,700 migrants crossed the border.
“The men and women at CBP continue to step up to meet the demands of high numbers of encounters at our southern border. CBP recorded 2 percent fewer encounters in August than July,” the agency said in a statement. “The vast majority of single adults encountered in August, along with a substantial share of families, continued to be expelled under the CDC’s Title 42 authority.”