Former President Barack Obama spoke against President Joe Biden’s open border policies during an ABC News interview on Tuesday, referring to the situation as “unsustainable.”
“Immigration is tough. It always has been because, on the one hand, I think we are naturally a people that wants to help others,” Obama told Robin Roberts during the “Good Morning America” interview.
“And we see tragedy and hardship and families that are desperately trying to get here so that their kids are safe, and they’re in some cases fleeing violence or catastrophe,” Obama added.
Despite the hardships associated with immigration, Obama spoke about the importance of borders.
“At the same time, we’re a nation state. We have borders. The idea that we can just have open borders is something that … as a practical matter, is unsustainable,” Obama said.
— Mediaite (@Mediaite) September 29, 2021
The words come shortly after up to 15,000 Haitian migrants crossed the southern border at Del Rio.
A Change of Focus
Obama’s words appeared to offer a different perspective from the Biden administration’s open border policies. Some have viewed Biden and Obama as having similar goals with immigration, though this new interview revealed some differences exist.
The difference was so strong that National Review noted this portion of the interview did not make the televised cut.
“ABC News omitted former president Obama’s claim that open borders are ‘unsustainable’ from the televised portion of his interview with the network,” the National Review reported.
— National Review (@NRO) September 30, 2021
Obama’s view may not fit the leftist narrative, but it’s simply a fact that too many people crossing a border causes problems for those already living within the nation.