Democrat presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris (CA) struggled to defend her support for decriminalizing illegal border crossings during an interview on Friday on ABC’s “The View.”
Co-host Meghan McCain pressed Harris about the illegal border crossings, which Harris indicated during the Democratic presidential debate that she supported decriminalizing.
“I’m going to try to make this as quick and dirty as possible,” McCain said. “You’re for decriminalizing border crossings, you’re one of the people that raised your hand at the debate. Do you agree with AOC that we should get rid of DHS altogether?”
“That is not correct. I am not in favor of decriminalizing um, or not having um consequences for, we have to keep, let me just be very clear,” Harris said as she stumbled over herself. “We have to have a secure border but I am in favor of saying we are not going to treat people who are undocumented and cross the border as criminals, that is correct.
“I would not make it a crime punishable by jail,” Harris later said, contradicting her previous statement. “It should be a civil enforcement issue but not a criminal enforcement issue.”
Townhall noted that ” former Obama Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson has gone on record against this position, stating it is an open borders policy and completely unworkable.”
“That is tantamount to declaring publicly that we have open borders,” Johnson told The Washington Post. “That is unworkable, unwise and does not have the support of a majority of American people or the Congress, and if we had such a policy, instead of 100,000 apprehensions a month, it will be multiples of that.”