Joe Manchin, who’s become a bit of a thorn in the side of the Democrats hoping to pass far-left legislation, disputes the claim made by Kamala Harris that the border is secure. We frequently see drugs come through the border, and the Biden Administration has seen nearly 2 million illegal immigrants pass through the border in his 2 years as President. The Biden Administration has chosen to do away with many of the actions taken to secure the southern border under former President Trump, and they claimed that Trump left them in the position they are in now.
West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin III broke with much of his party on Tuesday to declare Vice President Kamala Harris’ statement that the Mexican border is secure to be “dead wrong.”
Harris told NBC over the weekend that “the border is secure” and that such security is a priority of hers and President Biden’s.
In a follow-up comment, Harris appeared to blame Donald Trump for any “deterioration” along the border, and then called for a “pathway to citizenship” for those who illegally entered the United States.
“It’s wrong. She’s dead wrong on that,” Manchin said.
“And I have said this: If we don’t secure – I voted every time for the wall, but we need the wall a lot more technology, more agents.”
Manchin said the 2013 “Gang of Eight” immigration bill – authors of which included then-Sens. John McCain and Jeffrey Flake, R-Ariz., and Sens. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., and Charles Schumer, D-N.Y. – was the best opportunity thus far to secure the border.
“We couldn’t get it passed through the Republican House at that time because of some politics involved there,” he said, criticizing protestations from some conservatives at the time that the bill amounted to “amnesty.”
“That piece of legislation would have corrected everything we have going wrong,” he said.
“But for … the vice president, or anybody [to] say our borders are secured, that is not accurate — I’ve been there. It’s wrong.”
The southern border is at a low point in security. The Biden Administration is seeing illegal immigration at a far worse rate than former President Trump, and the Biden Administration would rather do nothing to stop the flow of illegal immigrants and then blame Trump once called out, as opposed to increasing security. Joe Manchin, not being a far-left Democrat, is choosing to call out the obvious, as opposed to sticking with his party.