Five Leftist Statements by Kamala Harris on Overhauling Southern Border Crisis

Democratic presidential hopeful California Senator Kamala Harris (L) speaks on stage alongside CNN moderator Chris Cuomo during a town hall devoted to LGBTQ issues hosted by CNN and the Human rights Campaign Foundation at The Novo in Los Angeles on October 10, 2019. (Robyn Beck /AFP via Getty Images)
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President Joe Biden has shifted responsibility for the southern border over to Vice President Kamala Harris after respondents to a poll blamed him for the migrant crisis, pinning her with a difficult crisis on an issue she has a history of radical and leftist positions on that may provide American citizens a glimpse of what is next.

1. Harris said in 2018, “we’ve got to critically reexamine ICE; and it’s roll and the way it’s being administered and the work it’s doing, and we probably need to think about starting from scratch.” When asked what the alternative to ICE would be, she pointed to easing asylum claims for foreign nationals to shore up “real problems.”

2. Harris doubled down on her opposition to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in 2018, by comparing ICE officers to the KKK.

3. During the 2020 presidential campaign, she claimed: “the first thing” she would do when elected “is to shut down these private detention centers.” Private holding facilities are largely relied upon by ICE to contain any influx of illegal border crossings. Doing away with them may create a larger containment crisis

4. Perhaps Harris will honor her pledge to change illegal border crossings from a crime to a civil offense, whereby offenders would face far less punishment.

5. Decriminalizing illegal border crossings altogether is another consideration for Harris, while offering Medicare to those foreign nationals. No “human being” should be denied “access” to “pubic health,” she said.

After Biden announced Harris’ new responsibility Wednesday, she said, “Thank you, Mr. President, and for having the confidence in me. There’s no question this is a challenging situation.” Adding, “While we are clear that people should not come to the border now, we also understand that we will enforce the law and that we also — because we can chew gum and walk at the same time.”


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