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The news website Axios was quickly criticized on Saturday after republishing an article written in October calling the term “open border” a “myth” and further claiming that the southern border is “more fortified than ever.”

The article, published on October 17, 2023 and titled: “Axios explains: The myth of an ‘open border’ between the United States and Mexico,” says that conservative pundits and politicians “increased accusations” that Democrats support the “open border policies.”

“By using the term ‘open border,’ conservatives (including Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, who is running for House speaker) are suggesting that anyone can enter the United States without much trouble. But the The reality is that the southern border is more fortified than ever,” the article said.

Conservative lawmakers and commentators took issue with the social media post and the article, which Axios appears to have reposted and promoted on Saturday. Critics slammed Axios for claiming that “the southern border is more fortified than ever.”

Migrants crossing the Texas border

Hundreds of migrants, predominantly from Venezuela, cross the Rio Grande with the intention of seeking humanitarian asylum while crossing the border between Mexico and the United States in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, on December 5, 2023. (David Peinado/Anadolu via Getty Images)

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Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., reacted to the article, saying, “the millions of illegal aliens in our country are now saying otherwise.” Axios was also criticized for the article at the time of its publication.

Nearly 7.3 million migrants have illegally crossed the southwest border under President Biden, a number greater than the population of 36 individual states, according to a Fox News analysis.

“Record numbers of illegals are affecting every state in this nation. But of course, @axios, let’s focus on the trash talk. Trash journalism right here,” wrote Rep. Ralph Norman, R.S.C.

“Shame on @Axios and the regime media for telling Americans not to believe what they see and hear,” he wrote, after noting the murder of Georgia nursing student Laken Riley, who was allegedly murdered by an illegal immigrant from Venezuela.

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Sen. Tommy Tuberville, R-Alabama, wrote in reaction to the Axios post: “the mainstream media is the enemy of the people.”

Others cited the record number of border crossings under the Biden administration.

The United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has already reported 961,537 border encounters in the current fiscal year, which runs from October to September. If the current pace of illegal immigration does not slow, fiscal year 2024 will break last year’s record of 2,475,669 encounters on the southwest border, a figure that alone exceeds the population of New Mexico, a border state.

News anchor Rita Panahi also responded to Axios’ post, asking, “Are you drunk?”

In a separate social media post, he questioned whether President Biden’s advisers crafted the post.

“As much as you hate the propaganda press, it doesn’t come close to what’s needed,” wrote The Federalist’s Mollie Hemingway.

December 12, 2023: Migrants are processed in Eagle Pass, Texas.

December 12, 2023: Migrants are processed in Eagle Pass, Texas. (FoxNews)

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The Axios article cites the number of Border Patrol agents, the construction of barriers, walls and fences, as well as regular arrests at the southern border as reasons why the border is more “fortified” than ever.

The Biden administration is weighing executive action on the border after a bipartisan Senate bill failed to rally support.

Several outlets recently reported that the White House is considering possible executive action to address the immigration crisis.

An administration source told Fox News that the president is considering executive action to restrict immigrants’ ability to seek asylum, but that it is one of “several” plans being discussed.

Fox News’ Chris Pandolfo and Adam Shaw contributed to this report.

By Sam