U.S. Sen. John Fetterman (D-Penn.) doubled down on his calls for a secure border despite receiving strong criticism from his party when he said that Democrats should engage with Republicans on border security in an interview with Politico last month.
Fetterman spoke on the issue again in a recent interview with CNN.
“I honestly don’t understand why it’s controversial to say we need a secure border,” said Sen. Fetterman.
Fetterman continued to emphasize his support for legal immigration, pointing out that his wife is an immigrant, but argued that there is no contradiction in supporting legal immigration while also demanding a secure border.
“I think two things can be true at the same time: you can be very supportive of immigration, but we also need to have a secure border,” said Fetterman.
He argued that the massive influx of illegal immigrants in the past year makes it more difficult for legal immigrants to achieve the “American Dream.”
Fetterman has continued a recent trend of siding with Republicans on some contentious issues, such as supporting Israel and seeking to ban China from buying U.S. farmland.
He has also opposed the sale of one of the U.S.’s largest steel companies to a Japanese corporation, saying allowing such a move would jeopardize American national security.
Despite the criticism Fetterman has received from progressives for his comments, at least one other Democrat senator joined Fetterman’s calls for a secure border.
In a Sunday interview with NBC, U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) weighed in on border security while discussing the state’s Tuesday primary vote.
Sen. Hassan — who has continually dodged questions about whether she believed President Joe Biden was the best candidate to defeat the Republican nominee –acknowledged that border security has become a serious issue under Biden.
“The border is in crisis, and I have long been saying that we need to improve security. It’s not where it needs to be,” said Hassan.
Hassan, however, seemed to blame Republicans for the issue, claiming that Democrats have been urging Republicans to strike a deal on the border, despite the continued attempts to do so by Republicans, which have been quashed by Democrats.
Hassan also emphasized a number of common Democrat talking points opposing former Republican President Donald Trump, and claiming that Biden has pushed bipartisan policies.