Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), and “The View” co-host Meghan McCain sparred on Friday, July 12, over the 2020 presidential candidate’s views on decriminalizing border crossings.
During an appearance on the show, McCain questioned Harris about her position on illegal border crossings and whether they should be decriminalized.
The co-host of “The View” was referring to a moment in last month’s Democratic primary debate when Harris was one of eight Democrats on stage who raised their hand when asked whether they supported decriminalizing border crossings.
“I’m going to try to make this as quick and dirty as possible,” McCain said to Harris. “You’re for decriminalizing border crossings, you’re one of the people that raised your hand at the debate. Do you agree with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), that we should get rid of the Department of Homeland Security altogether?”
“That is not correct,” Harris replied. “Let me just be very clear: we have to have a secure border. But I am in favor of saying that we’re not going to treat people who are undocumented and cross the borders as criminals, that is correct.”
McCain pressed Harris to clarify her stance, saying her views were “a little confusing.”
“I would not make it punishable by jail,” Harris said. “It should be a civil enforcement issue, but not a criminal enforcement issue.”
“I think of busing as being in the toolbox of what is available and what can be used for the goal of desegregating America’s schools,” Harris said, but when pressed on whether she believes in federally mandated busing, she responded, “I believe that any tool that is in the toolbox should be considered by a school district.”
The rapid flip-flop was just the latest muddling or backtracking Harris has done when it comes to key Democratic policy issues. At one point, she had expressed support for Bernie Sanders’ Medicare for All plan acknowledging that it would eliminate private insurance, then changed her stance by claiming to be against eliminating private insurance.
Harris also famously attacked former Vice President Joe Biden, the current Democratic front-runner, for his past opposition to federally mandated busing to integrate schools. Days later, she appeared to have Biden’s same stance on the issue.