Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) called the increase in the number of unaccompanied minors showing up at the border a “crisis”, as the White House and the Biden administration are avoiding using the term.
Speaking to CNN, Manchin appeared to agree with Republicans that Biden was sending the wrong message to immigrants.
“Whatever message was sent — it was sure interpreted the wrong way,” he said. “It’s a crisis — oh it’s a crisis.”
Manchin did say he supports Biden’s immigration reform but 60 votes are required to get an immigration bill passed in the Senate, and that’s a pretty tough ask in this Senate.
Senate Judiciary Chairman Dick Durbin admits the votes simply aren’t there to pass a full-blown immigration bill. So, he’s suggesting they work to fix the problem using a piecemeal approach.