Add West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin to the list of lawmakers who don’t agree with Vice President Kamala Harris’ claim that the southern border is “secure.” Manchin says the Veep is “dead wrong.”
Manchin blasted the Veep during a Fox News interview with Bret Baier.
“It’s wrong. She’s dead wrong on that. And I have said this,” Manchin said. “If we don’t secure it — I voted every time for the wall. But we need the wall and a lot more — technology, more agents. The 2013 immigration bill was still the best piece of legislation I think that we have ever had before us. We couldn’t get it passed through the Republican House at that time because of some politics involved there.”
“And they — the amnesty, people were shouting the word amnesty,” he continued. “That piece of legislation would have corrected everything we have going wrong. But, for anybody — the vice president, president, anybody — to say our borders are secured, that is not accurate. I have been there. It’s wrong.”
Watch the clip above. Excerpt from Harris’ Meet The Press appearance below.
“Final topic here. We’re here in Texas, I want to ask you about the border. Would you call the border secure?” host Chuck Todd asked Harris.
“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 began before answering the question directly. “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.”
“We’re gonna have 2 million people cross this border for the first time ever. You’re confident this border is secure?” Todd said, pushing the issue.
“We have a secure border in that that is a priority for any nation, including ours and our administration,” Harris said, attempting to blame the border crisis on former President Donald Trump. “But there are still a lot of problems that we are trying to fix. Given the deterioration that happened over the last four years.”
“We also have to put in place a law and a plan for a pathway for citizenship for the millions of people who are here and are prepared to do what is legally required to gain citizenship,” Harris added. “We don’t have that in place because people are playing politics in a state like this [Texas] and in Congress — by the way, you want to talk about bipartisanship, on an issue that at one time was a bipartisan issue. Both in terms of Republican senators and even presidents.”
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