Kamala Harris is now in charge of the White House response to the southern border crisis was immediately called out by conservatives for her very lax stance on immigration, as well as once comparing ICE agents to the KKK.
Harris tweeted in April 2017 in bashing then-President Donald Trump’s hard-line immigration policy ‘An undocumented immigrant is not a criminal.
As California’s Attorney General, I know what a crime looks like. Let me tell you that an undocumented immigrant is not a criminal.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) February 20, 2017
Joe Biden Puts Kamala Harris In Charge Of Fixing His Disastrous Border Policy
Republicans were quick to pounce on Biden’s decision to put Harris at the helm of this issue, pointing to her past criticism of offices dealing with the border.
Specifically, the GOP referenced a congressional hearing in 2018 when Harris, then a U.S. senator for California, compared Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to the KKK.
In her 2017 tweet, Harris vowed: ‘We are not a society that is going to stand for tearing families apart. We are not going to buy into this administration’s fear mongering.’
Then-Senator Harris continued: ‘It’s ludicrous to say we’re going to deport 12 million people. Now how are you going to do that?’
‘Give people a path to citizenship,’ she urged in her Twitter thread just a few months after Trump took office. ‘The vast majority of folks we’re talking about are living a lawful life and paying taxes.’
As the Joe Biden White House faces a growing crisis at the southern border, the vice president was put in charge of addressing the administration’s response, it was announced Wednesday.
Her response is expected to focus on two different areas. The first is slowing the flow of ‘irregular migrants’ by instead looking at and addressing ‘root causes’ that prompted them to leave their home countries.
Secondly, the vice president wants to strengthen relationships with Mexico and Central American countries.
Harris, conservatives were quick to point out, is ‘weak’ on immigration and they claim the move is indicative of the White House not taking the mass migration crisis at the southern border seriously.
Josh Hawley, a hardline Republican senator from Missouri, tweeted Wednesday: ‘This is the person Joe Biden is putting in charge of the border – an advocate for decriminalizing illegal border crossing.’
This is the person Joe Biden is putting in charge of the border – an advocate for decriminalizing illegal border crossing https://t.co/kH2owwIe9J
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) March 24, 2021
He was referencing how Harris raised her hand during a Democratic primary debate in June 2019 when candidates were asked if they were in favor of decriminalizing border crossings.
WHAT KAMALA HARRIS SAYS ON IMMIGRATION AND BORDER AGENTS
– April 2017 Twitter thread:
‘An undocumented immigrant is not a criminal. We are not a society that is going to stand for tearing families apart. We are not going to buy into this administration’s fear mongering.’
‘It’s ludicrous to say we’re going to deport 12 million people. Now how are you going to do that? Give people a path to citizenship. The vast majority of folks we’re talking about are living a lawful life and paying taxes.’
– Nov. 10, 2016 – days after Donald Trump took office:
‘This issue of how we are treating our immigrants, and in particular our undocumented immigrants, is one of the most critical issues facing our country. We are not going to be achieving who we say we are as a country if we attack our community members, our neighbors, our friends and our colleagues.’
– Wednesday – comments after being appointed to head border crisis:
‘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—must address the root causes that cause people to make the trek, as the president has described, to come here.’
‘At some point, absolutely we will go down to the border and I’ve been down to the border and our secretary of the Homeland Security Alex Mayorkas has been down there twice. Senior administration officials have been down there and yes, we will go.’
– 2018 – when voting against 2018 bill with $25 billion in border wall funding:
‘A wall will not secure our border and I remain concerned those billions of dollars may also be used to implement this Administration’s anti-immigrant agenda—one that targets California and its residents.’
– 2019 – published in her book, The Truths We Hold:
‘There are a few things more cruel, more inhumane, more fundamentally evil than ripping a child from her parent’s arms. The administration claimed that it wouldn’t separate families seeking asylum if they arrived at an official port of entry, as opposed to other parts of the border. But that didn’t hold true.’
Sen. Kamala Harris Compares ICE To The KKK
In 2018 Democrat Senator Kamala Harris compares ICE to the KKK during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing to consider the nomination of Ronald Vitello to be the director of ICE.