A high-profile Democrat opposes his own party, expressing support for a border wall as Texas Gov. Greg Abbott ferried migrants to crime-ridden Philadelphiawhere several were dropped off at the Amtrak 30th Street station on Wednesday.
Former Democratic Representative Harold Ford Jr. he received cheers from the live audience of “The Five” after advocating for a border wall to curb illegal immigration, breaking with many members of his party.
“I’ve been an advocate, but I’ve been criticized by my own party, because I think we should build a wall,” said Ford, who previously represented Memphis.
He also admonished Republicans for not being open to other possible solutions to the immigration crisis.
“I think we should reform our asylum system,” he said. “But at the same time, we have to make this uncomfortable for everyone: the Republicans who don’t think we should invest wisely in parts of this hemisphere.”
“Think about it: We spend trillions of dollars… as a nation to stabilize ourselves and try to bring peace to regions of the world that need it. Yet in our own backyard, we spend pennies and wonder why we have some of these challenges . .”
Ford concluded that the work visa system also needs to be reviewed, saying that foreign workers are key to the US economy.
Reports that Abbott was sending busloads of immigrants to Philadelphia drew a sharp response from Democratic Mayor Jim Kenney: who famously danced in a video celebration of its sanctuary city status in 2018.
Kenney’s then-deputy chief of staff posted the 6-second video showing the mayor high-fiving an aide and high-dancing while singing “We’re a sanctuary city, yeah!”
On Wednesday, Kenney called Abbott and his administration “cruel and racist,” and the Republican governor responded by saying, “Kenney has long celebrated and fought for sanctuary city status, making the city an ideal addition to Texas Abandonment List”. out of locations”.
Twenty-eight migrants were dropped off at the SEPTA center, just across the Schuylkill River from Center City, according to multiple reports.
Judge Jeanine Pirro further criticized the city’s far-left district attorney, Larry Krasner, who was indicted by the House of Representatives on Wednesday after he allegedly claimed that Abbott may be committing a crime.
If Krasner believes that Abbott committed a crime at the state level, then “Joe Biden letting them in is a federal crime from your country to the United States,” he said.