Harris Says She Both Opposes and Supports Decriminalizing Illegal Border Crossings | NTK Network Harris Says She Both Opposes and Supports Decriminalizing Illegal Border Crossings

Harris Says She Both Opposes and Supports Decriminalizing Illegal Border Crossings

“There should be, you know, you got to play by the rules, but we can’t treat people like criminals,” Harris said.

By NTK Staff | 07.12.2019 @3:00pm

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), one of the top Democratic contenders running for president in 2020, said she both opposed and supporter decriminalizing illegal border crossings.

During an appearance on ABC’s “The View,” co-host Meghan McCain asked Harris about her position on illegal border crossings.

“You’re for decriminalizing border crossings,” McCain said. “You’re one of the people that raised their hand at the debate. Do you agree with [Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez] that we should get rid of [the Department of Homeland Security] altogether?”

“That is not correct,” Harris said. “I’m not in favor of decriminalizing or not having consequence for – we have to – let me just be very clear: we have to have a secure border. But I am in favor of saying that we’re not going to treat people who are undocumented [and] cross the borders ‘criminals,’ that is correct.”

“Clarify that for me though because I do find it confusing,” McCain said. “I believe that if someone crosses over the border illegally, it is illegal. And you would decriminalize it?”

“I would not make it a crime punishable by jail. It should be a civil enforcement issue, but not a criminal enforcement issue,” Harris said.

“Okay,” McCain said.

“There should be, you know, you got to play by the rules, but we can’t treat people like criminals,” Harris said.

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