House Democrats are calling out the Biden administration for closing the southern border, saying it has no legal basis, according to a report in POLITICO.
This comes months after Senator-turned Vice President Kamala Harris signed onto an April 2020 letter that called out the Trump administration for what they called the violation of federal law when he closed the border with Mexico, due to concerns over the COVID-19 virus.
Harris and nine other Senators called out the administration saying that the coronavirus pandemic was not a good enough reason to close the border, insinuating that the president made his step based in racist tendencies.
Now, only shortly after the Biden administration’s first 100 days in office, Harris has backed the administration’s decision to keep the border closed under the same provisions used by the Trump administration, according to sources cited by POLITICO.
That step was questioned by more than 60 Democrats who have urged the president to end the policy saying, as Harris did at one point, that the policy had no legal basis.
“While the Biden administration inherited an extremely challenging situation after years of inhumane border policy, I believe that ending this misuse of Title 42 should be a priority,” said Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL), according to POLITICO.
“It is very hard for me to justify this inaction to my constituents as we await notification and an explanation from the administration.”
The issue of immigration is clearly a complicated one for Democrats. While it is often highly convenient to their party platform to accept immigrants, both legal and illegal, with open arms, the reality of being the shot caller clearly dictates at least a modicum of decorum, even from the Biden/Harris administration.
Harris seems to have fallen victim to the classic tragic change in position once a person has to “walk a mile” in a leader’s proverbial shoes. There is at least some solace to be found in the fact that she did indeed change her opinion and has hopefully kept at least some illegal immigrants at bay because of it.