New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said he supports ‘border security, not walls’ in a surprise interview with Sean Hannity.
The 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful made the remarks on Fox News criticizing President Trump and stated against his beliefs ‘there is no invasion.’
He admitted that immigration policy needs reform but added: ‘I support border security but not walls.’
Citing around 11 million people living in America without documentation ‘for decades’ de Blasio said: ‘There are people here already who are part of our community.’
The New York candidate went onto state that those living without papers were the ‘biggest “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” in American history.’
He referred to a policy employed by the military from 1994 to 2011 which banned LGBT members from serving their country if the sexual preference was discovered.
It allowed people to be dismissed from the armed forces and sent a message that discrimination was tolerated, according to the Human Rights Campaign.
De Blasio hit out at Hannity and Fox for their language when discussing immigrants already in the country.
He said: ‘This is what I don’t get about the whole discussion bluntly on this network and a lot of other places.
‘Why are we allowing ourselves to be divided as a people when in fact this already happened.’
Hannity went onto question de Blasio about drugs smuggled across the border and people who commit heinous crimes in the country.
To which he replied: ‘People get in with a wall, without a wall, that’s not how you do it.’
De Blasio added that equipping border security with all the mechanism it needed could be more successful.
From there he added that the for those committing crimes that the community and police must work together.
De Blasio added: ‘There are 170 crime that if they are convicted and they are undocumented, they are out of here.
‘We work with communities to find people who have done things wrong that are inappropriate.’
When quizzed about health care and who would cover the bill for undocumented immigrants without insurance, Di Blasio stressed that the taxpayer is often forced to pay when those people are rushed-into hospitals for emergency care.
He went onto argue that he wants everyone in his state to have health care.
De Blasio added: ‘Everybody who lives here should get the health care they need, so that everyone can be healthy and not get each other sick.
‘These are human beings who are party of our economy, who are part of our neighborhood.’