Less than 5 years ago, all 54 Democrats in the then Democrat-controlled Senate – including Sen. Joe Manchin – voted to:
- double the length of a new border fence with Mexico
- end the diversity visa lottery
- spend $40 billion on border security
- double the number of border agents to 40,000
- stop family members of U.S. citizens from coming here on reunification visas
- create “merit-based” visas
Before that, in 2006, Democrats like Chuck Schumer, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Joe Biden voted to construct hundreds of miles of fencing along the border. (See: Boston Globe headline: “In 2006, Democrats were saying 'build that fence!'")
But terrified of upsetting their militantly-liberal base, Democrats have gone AWOL on the very policies they supported just a few years ago.
Manchin Specifically Praised The Bill For Adding 700 Miles Of Fencing And Doubling The Number Of Border Patrol Agents. “This bill, first and foremost, secures our borders by adding 700 miles of fencing, doubles the number of border patrol agents by 20,000, and makes sure that dangerous criminals who entered this country illegally are deported first.” (Press Release, “Manchin Announces Support For Immigration Legislation That Secures Our Borders,” Senator Joe Manchin, 6/27/13)
In 2017, Manchin Called Border Security “The Number One Thing,” Adding That A Bill Would Not Pass “Without A Tough Border Security Bill.” “‘Border security’s the number one thing. Nothing’s going to pass without border security,’ he said. ‘So if they think they can pass DACA or anything without a tough border security bill, that won’t happen.’” (Alex Thomas, “Capito: DACA Fix Should Also Include Border Security,” Metro News, 9/10/17)
Don’t let Democrats like Joe Manchin forget their long and recent history of supporting many of the same measures President Trump is championing today.
Read more here from RNC Research: Dems Border Brouhaha
West Virginia Communications Director
Republican National Committee
Immigration Border Security