Conservative adviser says immigration almost 'weaponized' by both sides in political discourse

Conservative adviser Andi Bottner said in an interview that aired Thursday on "What America's Thinking" that immigration as a policy topic has been "weaponized" by both parties.

"I don't think any American would say I'm against protecting our border, protecting our people," Bottner, a senior adviser at the Independent Women's Forum, told Hill.TV's Krystal Ball on Wednesday. "I think that's where politics has done a disservice to us, because we all can agree that we need to have more assistance down there. We need to regulate those coming in a safe manner, a humane manner, and I think ultimately that's what this president wants to do." 

"It's just become such a political hot potato and a slogan that it's almost been weaponized by both sides," she continued. 

Lawmakers are scrambling to reach a deal on border security in an effort to avert another government shutdown. 

The U.S. went through its longest-ever government shutdown in December and January after the White House and congressional Democrats were unable to reach a deal on funding that included President TrumpDonald John TrumpChelsea Clinton announces birth of third child Ukrainian officials and Giuliani are sharing back-channel campaign information: report Trump attacks 'the Squad' as 'racist group of troublemakers' MORE's long-promised border wall. Democrats have offered funding for national security that does not include a wall.

"I think most people, and Democrats and Republicans in the past, have voted for increased security along our border," Bottner said. 

"I think what's happened since 2016, a campaign slogan has become so politicized, and so there's a lot of negative," she said. "When people hear a wall, if they don't like this president, they're going to say, 'I'm against the wall.'"

— Julia Manchester