Sen. Joe Manchin reacted rather strongly on what he thought of Vice President Kamala Harris’ Sunday statement that our southern border with Mexico is “secure.”
“It’s wrong. She’s dead wrong on that,” the West Virginia Democrat said, in response to a question posed on Fox News’ “Special Report.
“I voted every time for the wall. But we need the wall and a lot more. Technology, more agents. But for … the vice president, or anybody [to] say our borders are secured, that is not accurate — I’ve been there. It’s wrong,” Manchin continued.
This is, of course, not the first time Manchin violated the strictures of Democratic Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and State Media’s thought police, jury, and political-career executioners. Earlier this year he, along with Arizona Democratic Senator Kyrsten Sinema, famously torpedoed the multi-trillion-dollar (does anybody really know how much it was?) Build Back Better debacle.
Sen. Joe Manchin: Not True, VP Harris ‘Dead Wrong’ Saying ‘Border is Secure’ pic.twitter.com/V9mv72OgWL
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During an interview on “Meet the Press” aired during the 21st anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Harris was asked by NBC News anchor Chuck Todd whether the border is secure. The vice president responded that the immigration system was “broken” under the Trump administration and still “needs to be fixed.”
“I think that there is no question that we have to do what the president and I asked Congress to do, the first request we made: pass a bill to create a pathway to citizenship,” Harris said. “The border is secure, but we also have a broken immigration system, in particular, over the last four years before we came in, and it needs to be fixed.”
Kamala Harris says border ‘is secure’ in painfully awkward, stench filled Meet the Press clip https://t.co/L7B9y8kQkj
— American Wire News (@americanwire_) September 12, 2022
Harris’ statement could quickly suck a well dry with its high-intensity gaslighting. Tens of thousands of illegal immigrants cross the border every month. Many may be legitimate asylum seekers, but many have been found to be on terrorist watchlists, drug smugglers, or other criminals.
Manchin provided his thoughts on previous legislative attempts to secure the border and address the issue of illegal immigrants residing in the U.S., according to Fox News.
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.”
Then-Speaker of the House John Boehner did not act on the bill and it expired at the end of the 113th Congress.
The bill provided a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants already in the U.S. This was to be contingent on certain improvements in border security and tracking of visas. A significant number of illegal residents have reportedly been students who overstayed their student visas. It would have also provided reforms to reduce visa backlogs, improved employment verification systems, and improved work visa options for the agricultural worker program.
As with so much legislation, it would remain to be seen how effective the bill would have been, or whether it would simply fall into the abyss of the law of unintended consequences, where it would pine away and suffer with so many others.
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