Biden should focus more on ‘being smarter than looking tougher’ on border, California senator says

One Democratic senator criticized President Joe Biden and his Democratic colleagues in the Senate for preparing to pass tougher legislation to secure the southern border.

Asked if Democrats should be tougher on immigration, Sen. Alex Padilla (D-CA) said, “I think people ought to be focused more on being smarter than looking tougher.”

Padilla was disappointed in Biden’s recent claim he would “shut down the border” if necessary.

“What’s been negotiated would, if passed into law, be the toughest and fairest set of reforms to secure the border we’ve ever had in our country,” Biden said last week of the border deal. “It would give me, as president, a new emergency authority to shut down the border when it becomes overwhelmed. And if given that authority, I would use it the day I sign the bill into law.”

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