California Republican gubernatorial candidate Caitlyn Jenner made a campaign stop on the US-Mexico border in San Diego County on Friday as illegal immigration continued to rise.
“On the California-Mexico border, meet our border patrol officers,” reality TV star and former Olympian Jenner tweeted Friday. “As governor, I will ensure that all of our law enforcement and border patrol needs are met. We need to secure our border and I am very grateful to the men and women who risk their lives here. every day.”
Jenner is one of many Republicans hoping to replace incumbent Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, in a recall election later this year. Jenner visited the Otay Mesa port of entry with border officials on Friday – a month before voters went to the polls.
“We have to, as Californians – ultimately – secure that border no matter what,” Jenner said, according to FOX 5 from San Diego.
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Jenner returned from Australia to the United States last weekend, where she reportedly filmed a reality show. She was in Los Angeles on Thursday to talk about the homeless, FOX 5 reported.
Conservative talk show host Larry Elder appears to be the leader in the race to oust Newsom from office, with the support of around 34% of voters, according to polls, while Jenner lags far behind at around 12%.
Jenner said she was not discouraged.
“I’ve been in races my whole life – I’ve won a lot of races,” said Jenner, who played at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal. “I’m here to win and I know how to win.”
Jenner said Newsom had never been to the border while he was governor, although the Democrat reportedly met with San Diego leaders near the San Ysidro Port of Entry shortly after taking office in March 2019 to discuss border issues.
“This border is so important to our country, to our state – that we control it,” Jenner said during her visit, according to FOX 5. “The borders work. I am 100% for legal immigration and I want to seeing immigrants come to our country. They are a vital part of our society, they are a vital part of our economy and we need to protect that. “
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In a video tweet she posted on Friday, Jenner said “we have to finish the wall.” The video also reportedly showed migrants trying to cross the border. The migrants then reported to border authorities, according to FOX 5.
The recall election will take place on September 14. Whoever gets the most votes to replace Newsom will become governor if more than 50% of voters say they want the Democrat removed from office.
Other Republicans topping the polls are businessman John Cox, who lost to Newsom in 2018; former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer; State Assembly Member Kevin Kiley and former US Representative Doug Ose.
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