During the recent GOP presidential primary debate hosted by NBC News, the moderators did not address the topic of the United States-Mexico border until an hour and a half into the event. The initial segments of the debate were instead dedicated to a variety of international topics, including the Middle East, Ukraine, Venezuela, China, and Taiwan.
It was only after this substantial portion of the debate had elapsed that moderator Hugh Hewitt steered the conversation towards the southern border, with a question that was specifically related to the fentanyl crisis in the nation, rather than focusing on the broader and ongoing issue of illegal immigration under the Biden administration.
This approach mirrors a similar pattern observed in a Fox News GOP debate held in August, where the first hour centered on climate change, gun control, abortion rights, the situation in Ukraine, and the legal challenges facing former President Donald Trump. Questions on immigration were notably delayed.
Despite the limited coverage in the NBC News debate, the southern border issue continues to be a significant concern for many Americans, as reflected in various polls over the last few years which have consistently ranked it as one of the top national problems.