Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) implored President Joe Biden to take executive action to help secure the U.S. southern border ahead of the 2024 elections, warning that the president’s border crisis was the most serious crisis the country was facing.
Manchin made the remarks during a Sunday interview with Margaret Brennan on CBS News’ “Face The Nation” when asked what mistakes the president was making.
“I think the border,” Manchin said. “The border has to be fixed. … We were told before Christmas, we’re going to stay here and get this done. Then, all of a sudden, OK, you can go home now, because we’re getting some language done now, but we’re writing, putting pen to it. We’re going to come back, and, as soon as we come back – that was last week – we’ll have something.”
“Now, this is the second week,” he continued. “This is the greatest crisis we’re facing right now is the border, and it’s dangerous. And if Congress cannot do its job, because the perfect is the enemy of the good, it’s just not perfect enough for the Democrats or Republicans, or it’s gone too far or not far enough, the president has to step forward and declare an emergency. I don’t believe there should be any more paroles at the border until we can get a handle on what’s going on. And it is – it’s just extremely bad right now.”
Manchin said that the situation was so dire that if Congress could not pass something this week, Biden needs to declare a national emergency at the border and “do what needs to be done to shut that border down and secure it until we can get a handle.”