Vice President Kamala Harris in a recent interview with NPR said that Republicans were to blame for the border crisis as they are unwilling to have meaningful conversations about reform that could help change the situation at the border.
Harris had been placed by President Biden in charge of the border crisis in 2021 and has since told NPR that the White House had been planning on using more technological systems and adding agents to the southern border that could have helped with the situation. She further told the outlet that there were many different steps that needed to be taken for the issue to be addressed and that the immigration system reforms necessary could only occur through Congress. This is because it is necessary for them to pass an immigration bill that sets a clear “legal pathway to citizenship and a legal presence in the country.”
Previously Harris had also told NBC’s “Meet the Press” in September that the border is secure but there is a “broken immigration system” that would need to be “fixed.”
When NBC’s Chuck Todd pressed more to confirm whether Harris viewed the border as secure despite the millions of people who had crossed into the country illegally, Harris replied that the border was secure but there are still problems in the immigration system that they were trying to fix. She added that they needed to have a law in place to help the millions of people who were already in the country be able to gain citizenship legally.