In an interview this week, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) defied many in his party by asserting that the United States needed “the wall and a lot more” to address the immigration situation on its southern border.
During an interview with Bret Baier on Fox News, Manchin was questioned about Vice President Kamala Harris’ assertion that the border was “safe.”
“It’s incorrect. On that, she is utterly mistaken.” Manchin stated, “And I have said this. If we can’t secure it, I always voted in favor of the wall. But in addition to the wall, we also require more technology and agents. I still believe that the 2013 immigration reform was the best piece of legislation that we have ever had. Because of the politics going on at the time, we were unable to pass it through the Republican-controlled House.”
He said, “And they — the amnesty, they were yelling the word amnesty. That piece of legislation would have fixed every issue we currently have. However, it is inaccurate for anyone to claim that our borders are safe, including the president and vice president. I have experienced it. It’s improper.”
The Arizona Sheriff’s Association recently wrote a letter to President Joe Biden criticizing the administration’s stance on illegal immigration and expressing their lack of trust in CBP Commissioner Chris Magnus.
The letter noted the long-standing goal of law enforcement in reducing the flow of illegal aliens and illegal substances across the border.
Sadly, the letter claimed that Commissioner Magnus and the present administration “do not seem to share the priority, and the results are being seen in Arizona and around the country.”
The letter continued, “Massive volumes of highly dangerous drugs are being trafficked across the border and sold to our children. This drug crisis is made worse by the porous character of current border control. Fentanyl is an almost universal component of illegal drugs being sold today, and it is rapidly displacing families and killing countless people.”
Following a statement that violent crime is on the rise nationwide, the letter moved on to mention Commissioner Magnus and the Biden admin., noting that since his appointment nearly nine months ago, “we have continued to see an influx of illegal migrants and illicit drugs cross our Southern border.” What we haven’t seen is a stronger collaboration between the federal government and local law enforcement, particularly CBP, to help them stop this conduct.
According to the letter, “Border security is one of the CBP’s primary goals, and we feel that the attention being placed towards solving this mission is grossly inadequate.”