New Jersey Senator and 2020 Democratic presidential contender Cory Booker said Tuesday that Democrats should not ignore the nation’s immigration problems.
“We do have a problem at the southern border,” Booker said during a campaign event in Sergeant Bluff, Iowa. “Democrats should not deny that we [do]. Nations should have borders, borders should be respected.”
Booker, however, criticized Trump’s policies, including his call for a wall on the border, but his remarks were also notable in that he offered a strong defense for the need for borders.
“And so, my beef with this president is that number one, his technologies don’t work. I’ve gone down to the border, I’ve hung out with [Customs and Border Protection] and other border patrol folks and they’re like, ‘there’s no way we need a wall coast to coast,’” Booker said.
“We have a time now where you can use sensors and technologies and drones and a lot more to protect the border, which is what we should do.”
Booker also hit Trump for his rhetoric.
“We have to talk about the problem for what it is, not let people demonize that and then do the things that protect our country. But never ever violate the values, the human dignity of another person,” Booker said.