Caitlyn Jenner tours US-Mexico border ahead of Newsom recall vote: ‘We have to finish the wall’

In her bid to replace California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom in a recall election, Republican Caitlyn Jenner visited the U.S. Mexico border in San Diego County on Friday where she pushed for border wall completion among other stronger measures to prevent illegal immigration as the border crisis rages on.

“On the California / Mexico border meeting with our border patrol agents. As governor I will ensure all of our law enforcement and border patrol needs are met. We need to secure our border and I am so grateful for the men and women that risk their lives here everyday,” Jenner tweeted on Friday.

Migrant apprehensions at the border reached a 20 year high in July and there is no indication those numbers will go down any time soon. The Biden administration and Democrats in Washington have largely left the crisis to the states to handle.

“We need, as Californians to – bottom line – secure this border, whatever it takes,” Jenner told Fox 5 News.


(Video: Fox 5)

The Olympian turned reality television star cited the border crisis as one of her main motivators for running.

“Newsom’s never even been down to the border. I cannot believe this guy’s been in office and never been to the border. This is such an important issue — that’s why we need to recall him,” the candidate said.

While Newsom did visit the border once in 2019, it was not to address illegal immigration, but instead to discuss trade and commerce.

One of the main pillars of Jenner’s platform is support for legal immigration.

“This border is so important to our country, to our state – that we control it. Borders do work. I am 100% for legal immigration, and I want to see immigrants come to our country. They’re a vital part of our society, they’re a vital part of our economy and we need to protect that,” she maintained.

During her visit, the hopeful candidate witnessed four immigrants illegally climbing the border wall and then turn themselves in for processing.

Jenner’s visit to the Otay Mesa Port of Entry with border authorities comes just one month before California voters hit the polls. At present , conservative talk show host Larry Elder is leading the race to oust Newsom from office, with support at around 34 percent, while Jenner trails far behind with about 12 percent.

The former athlete is not discouraged though. “I’ve been in races all my life – won a lot of races. I’m in this to win it and I know how to win,” Jenner stated.

The recall election is set for September 14th. If 50 percent of voters vote to oust Newsom, then whichever candidate receives the most votes will replace him.

Earlier in the week, Jenner was in Los Angeles talking about the homeless problem, according to Fox 5.

Other Republican competitors to Jenner include businessman John Cox, former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, state Assembly Member Kevin Kiley and former U.S. Rep. Doug Ose.

Throughout her campaign, the candidate has faced the difficult issues that Democrat counterparts tend to shy away from. Her motto is “California is worth fighting for.”

Kay Apfel

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