Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) reiterated her position on open border proposals on Thursday, arguing that a pro-immigration stance is not synonymous with a pro-open border one.
In an interview with Breitbart News editor-in-chief Alex Marlow, Gabbard said that the U.S. needs an effective border policy and that “we do not have a nation if we don’t have borders.”
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“I just I look at every issue whether it’s domestic policy or foreign policy based on what I believe is in the best interest of our country and based on the substance about the actual policy, not being so reactive to saying well I’ve got to be for this, because those guys are against that or whatever and the same applies to immigration,” Gabbard said.
“I think that we can and we must have a secure border policy that’s actually effective and works and also reform our immigration system so that it works for our country can be a safe secure border along with the humane immigration policy and achieve both objectives,” she added.
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Worth noting: President Trump has made similar arguments about open borders, saying in 2017: “A nation without borders is not a nation.”
Not a first: Gabbard has publicly stated that she opposes the idea of open borders in the past, at a time when her Democratic colleagues and 2020 rivals expressed support for decriminalizing illegal border crossings.
“I don’t support open borders. Without secure borders, we don’t really have a country. And while some of the other Democratic candidates will say, ‘Well, open borders, that’s a conservative argument and that’s not really what’s being advocated for,’ if you look at some of the practical implications of some of the things they are pushing for, it is essentially open borders,” Gabbard told the Rubin Report in early September.
The Gabbard- Bashar al-Assad controversy: During the interview, Gabbard said that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who in 2014 won the presidential elections with almost 90% of the votes in what the world described as a sham, told her he would agree to international observers and another election to confirm his presidency.
“This is something I asked him about when I met with him because there are Syrians who do feel that they have been disenfranchised … would he support and allow for not only democratically held elections but for ones that have oversight of an international elections body,” Gabbard said, “and he agreed to that.”
Despite criticism, Gabbard has claimed that al-Assad is not “the enemy of the US” and argued that the country needs to recognize him as the legitimate leader of Syria.
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