Fox News anchor stops Border Patrol Council VP after he says ‘invasion’

Friday, August 16, 2019
By Paul Martin

by Mike Brest
August 15, 2019

Fox News anchor Sandra Smith pushed back against the vice president of the National Border Patrol Council during an interview after he described a recent incident at a Colorado ICE facility as an “invasion.”

Appearing Thursday on America’s Newsroom to discuss recent attacks on ICE buildings across the country, Art Del Cueto said, “Disgusting. It’s disgusting to see something like that.”

“I think it’s been triggered by way too many individuals that have had a platform to speak against the men and women that are trying to defend our nation’s borders, the law enforcement communities,” he went on to explain. “That is where it comes from. There was a recent article that attacks various reporters from Fox, attacked Fox News, it named me on there as well, saying that we were responsible for some of these attacks that happened in El Paso.”

Del Cueto was referencing a recent New York Times article that pointed out the similarities between the manifesto left behind by the man who killed more than 20 people in El Paso, Texas earlier this month, and the rhetoric of many Fox News personalities.

“That was based on us talking about actual facts. And the facts we spoke about are simple. When you have individuals in large quantities that enter another country by force or illegally, waving the flag of another country, that is an invasion. I stand by those words,” Del Cueto continued.

He was referencing an incident that occurred outside of an ICE facility in Colorado last month. Protesters took down the American flag and replaced it with a Mexican flag and also raised up a vandalized Blue Lives Matter flag, which had “Abolish I.C.E.” spray-painted over it.

“Hold on,” Smith interrupted, and then they proceeded to talk over one another.

She added, “Obviously, we have to push back on comments like that. People will take issues with you calling at that. It is obviously a sensitive issue right now.”

Smith then directed the conversation back to the specific attacks against ICE facilities.

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