Clinton surrogate bashes Sanders for 'newfound advocacy' on immigration reform

Rep. Xavier BecerraXavier BecerraFDA proposes rule to offer over-the-counter hearing aids Overnight Health Care — Presented by the National Council for Mental Wellbeing — FDA panel endorses booster shots of Johnson & Johnson vaccine Biden administration to invest 0 million to boost health care, attract workers MORE (D-Calif.), a surrogate for Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump defends indicted GOP congressman GOP lawmaker says he expects to be indicted over FBI investigation Why it's time for conservatives to accept the 2020 election results and move on MORE, is bashing her rival Bernie SandersBernie SandersWhite House: Window for finalizing sweeping budget package 'closing' Jayapal says tuition-free community college 'probably won't' be in spending plan Progressives see budget deal getting close after Biden meeting MORE for his "newfound advocacy" on immigration reform, calling on the Vermont senator to "explain his spotty record [and] how he'll get it done."

Becerra tweeted Wednesday morning that Sanders has been advocating for support of immigrant families recently but called into question his record.

"We've been hearing a lot from @BernieSanders about supporting immigrant families of late. Where was he before he ran for president?" Becerra asked in one tweet.

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He called Sanders out for voting against the late Sen. Ted Kennedy's (D-Mass.) comprehensive immigration reform bill in 2007. He also said Sanders voted for a measure designed to protect Minutemen, anti-immigrant militias on the U.S.-Mexico border.

The chairman of the House Democratic Caucus called on Sanders to be honest about his record, saying fixing the country's immigration system is "tough, serious biz" and that "high-flying talk [without] a track record of action deceives those who need us most."

Last weekend, Sanders vowed to use executive action on immigration if he is elected president. He said at a rally in Nevada that if Congress does not address the problem, "We will use the executive powers of the White House."