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Kinzinger’s border view believable

March 9, 2019 GMT

Who do you believe on the question of whether or not a crisis exists on America’s southern border?

Someone who has viewed the situation firsthand would seem to be a legitimate authority, and U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Channahon, fits that description.

Kinzinger is not only a congressman, but he’s also a member of the Air National Guard, and his Wisconsin-based unit recently was deployed to the U.S.-Mexico border at Arizona.

Kinzinger, who represents all or parts of Grundy, Iroquois, Livingston and Will counties, met with President Doanld Trump Wednesday to discuss the situation. After the meeting, Kinzinger said this to reporters gathered outside the White House:

“I came back absolutely convinced this is a national emergency.”

To back his point, Kinzinger cited the situation border patrol agents face. He sees them at a “breaking point” because they are overburdened by the overflow of migrants trying to enter the country there.

Recent news reports back this view. The New York Times reported Tuesday that more than 76.000 migrants crossed the border without authorization in February, an 11-year high.

That’s a fact, and as for conjecture that Kinzinger views it as an emergency to gain favor with fellow Republican and build-the-wall proponent Trump, consider this:

Kinzinger has been openly critical of Trump in the past. Among other things, Kinzinger said he couldn’t support Trump during his 2016 candidacy for the presidency.

So, Kinzinger is not necessarily a lapdog for the president, and he has seen the border situation with his own two eyes. Does that make him a creditable source? We think so.