'Have You Been to the Senate?': Harris Faulkner, Texas Rep Spar Over Immigration Reform
Harris Faulkner and Texas Rep. Marc Veasey (D) clashed Tuesday on "Outnumbered Overtime" while discussing immigration reform and border security.
Veasey claimed the Trump administration is "purposely separating" migrant children from their families as a way to deter people from coming to the United States.
He called President Trump's zero tolerance policy "embarrassing," while also noting that the president signed an executive order last month to end family separations.
Veasey added that employers in Texas are having difficulty filling jobs, and that illegal immigrants are coming to the United States to fill those "vital" jobs.
"They don't have to come here illegally to fill those jobs," Faulkner replied. "That is a personal choice."
"That is not just because there's a magnet over here with jobs that you can't fill in Texas," Faulkner added.
Veasey responded by saying that in order to "control" the flow of immigration into the country, a comprehensive immigration reform bill needs to be passed.
"Stop letting the House Freedom Caucus and extremes in the Republican Party control the immigration debate," he said.
"All Democrats want to work with Republicans," Veasey said, to which Faulkner responded, "Have you been to the Senate?"
Faulkner said she doubted that Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) or Veasey's caucus leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) would be amenable to such a meeting with Republicans.
Veasey then blamed "hard-liners on the Republican side" who want to want to "close America off" from the rest of the world for Congress' immigration clash.
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