CNN’s Jim Acosta, Reporting in McAllen, TX, Mocks President Trump Over Border Crisis; Ignores Huge Increase of Migrant, Drug Trafficking in Rio Grande Valley

CNN White House reporter Jim Acosta posted a series of reports on Twitter Thursday from McAllen, Texas, making fun of President Trump calling the situation at the border with Mexico a “crisis”. Trump is in McAllen as part of his push to get Democrats on Congress to fund a border wall as part of budget funding to end a partial government shutdown.

In one video, Acosta said, “And here are some of the steel slats that the President’s been talking about, uh,  right here. Uh, as you can see, yes, you can see through these slats to the, uh, other side of the U.S.-Mexico border. Uh, but as we’re walking along here we’re not seeing any kind of, uh, imminent danger, there are no migrants trying to, uh, rush toward this fence, uh, here in the McAllen, Texas area. A matter of fact there are some other businesses behind me along this highway. There’s a gas station, Burger King and so on. Uh, but no sign of the national emergency that the President has been talking about. Uh, as a matter of fact it’s pretty tranquil down here.”

Acosta’s reporting fails to note the large increase in of migrants and drugs flowing through the Rio Grande Valley sector, which includes McAllen.

Last month NBC News reported on the sharp increase in migrant and dug trafficking in the Rio Grande Valley Sector.

“Border patrol agents in the Texas Rio Grande Valley sector say that they are not only seeing an increase in undocumented immigrants, but also an increase in narcotic seizures.

“Just last month, more than 11,000 family units and over 2,000 unaccompanied children apprehended.

“Last year nearly 7,300 apprehensions were made and this year that number has tripled to 23,000.

“The RGV sector continues being the busiest. Taking down at least one stash house a day. Nearly 50,000 arrests have been made in just 2 months.

“Over the weekend agents disrupted 12 narcotic smuggling attempts. Seizing nearly 2,000 pounds of marijuana worth over $1.5 million.”


Customs and Border Protection in the RGV Sector posted reports on Twitter in December until the partial government shutdown. Note to Acosta, some apprehensions do take place in broad daylight as well as nighttime. A sample:

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