Democrat Presidential hopeful Sen. Kamala Harris spoke at a rally at UC Irvine Wednesday, calling on Congress to pass a “clean” DACA amnesty bill, with no enforcement measures attached.
The Orange County Register reports the freshman Senator from California, a favorite among progressives for 2020, addressed a crowd of approximately 200 supporters characterizing President Trump’s criterion for reforming DACA as “mean-spirited:”
“This is about a fight for the future of this country, believing in the values upon which this country was founded,” Harris said.
“The path right now is rocky. It is difficult. It is hard,” Harris said. “We are witnessing things that we can only describe as awful and wrong, and mean-spirited. But that’s OK … Because we know this is about doing the right thing. We know this is about all the young people, who were brought here, some before they could walk or talk.”
Harris was loudly cheered by the heavily immigrant crowd of roughly 200, while about 15 counter-demonstrators shouted their opposition to new provisions for those in the country illegally as well as their opposition to Harris.
Harris is “clearly seen as an ally by most on hand Wednesday, including the clergy, faculty and DACA students — a blend of Koreans and Latinos,” according to the OC Register.
The event was choreographed to pressure the region’s Rep. Mimi Walters, R-Laguna Beach, to sign on and co-sponsor the current version of the Dream Act introduced by Sens. Lindsey Graham, R- S.C., and Richard Durbin, D-Ill.
Harris touted her co-sponsorship of the measure, which purports to give “permanent legal status to those covered by DACA and a path to citizenship for those in college, the military or who are otherwise employed.”
Her message resonated with those present according to the OC Register article, sparking similar expressions of personal outrage at Trump’s ideas on immigration and particularly DACA reform:
“We did not migrate to this country to sabotage this land, but to prosper with it,” said Ming Jun “Jenny” Park, a DACA recipient and fourth-year psychological major.
While other leading Democrats including Senate Leader Chuck Schumer and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi issued a joint statement flatly dismissing all Trump’s reform “principles”, they claim they’re open to “reasonable border security measures.”
Pelosi was shouted down at her own event last month in her native San Francisco by hardcore progressives and open-border socialists when she expressed essentially the same position about border security—which the activists consider “selling out.” To this rising hard left socialist movement, which goes by names like “Indivisible”, any acknowledgment of the border is tantamount to endorsing oppression.
This forced Pelosi to step up her anti-Trump rhetoric as she doubled down at a Capitol Hill press event Wednesday:
They call them principles — unprinciples! — they are not principles, they are trash — are unacceptable to the dreamers and those of us who fight for them.
Immigration reform must create more jobs, higher wages, and greater security for Americans — now and for future generations. The reforms outlined in the enclosure are necessary to ensure prosperity, opportunity, and safety for every member of our national family.