WATCH: Dem Leaders Echo Trump Critique of Biden Border Policy

'They've been raping people, they've been breaking into homes, they're like savages.'

January 5, 2024

What's happening: As Democratic leaders across the country become increasingly fed up with President Joe Biden's "unsustainable" open-border immigration policies, they're starting to sound a lot like former president Donald Trump.

• Many of Biden's loudest Democratic critics are people of color.

What they're saying: "Black people have been on the streets forever and ever, and nobody cares, because they say that we’re drug addicts, we’ve got mental health issues," said Teresa Haley, a top official of the Illinois NAACP, in a video call with black leaders. "But these immigrants who come over here, they’ve been raping people, they’ve been breaking into homes, they’re like savages as well. They don’t speak the language and they look at us like we’re crazy."

• New York City mayor Eric Adams said the Biden administration's failure to crack down on illegal immigration has "taken a toll on the people of this city."

• Chicago alderman Byron Sigcho-Lopez said the influx of illegal immigrants has put "whole communities at the brink of collapse."

Crucial context: The mainstream media have insisted Biden has the border under control. (Fact check: He does not; illegal border crossings hit a record high in 2023.)