NBC Reporter Busts Kamala Making False Claim About Border: “You haven’t been to the border”
Vice President Kamala Harris was called out by NBC News’ Lester Holt over the Biden administration’s border policies and she seemed surprised at the hard questioning so falsely claiming she’s “been to the border” before changing her tune and saying we as in the admin has been to the border.
“Do you have any plans to visit the border?” asked Holt. “I – at some point – you know – we are going to the border. We’ve been to the border,” Harris said. “So this whole – this whole – this whole thing about the border. We’ve been to the border. We’ve been to the border.”
Holt wasn’t buying the spin and asked, “You haven’t been to the border.”
“I – and I haven’t been to Europe. And I mean, I don’t – I don’t understand the point that you’re making,” Harris said before adding “I’m not discounting the importance of the border.”
“Listen, I care about what’s happening at the border,” Harris said. I’m “in Guatemala because my focus is dealing with the root causes of migration.”
“There may be some who think that that is not important, but it is my firm belief that if we care about what’s happening at the border, we better care about the root causes and address them. And so that’s what I’m doing.”
Harris said yesterday at a press conference with Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei:
“I want to emphasize that the goal of our work is to help Guatemalans find hope at home, at the same time I want to be clear to folks in this region who are thinking about making the dangerous trek to the United States-Mexico border – do not come, do not come.
“The United States will continue to enforce our laws and secure our border.
“There are legal methods by which migration can and should occur but we, as one of our priorities, will discourage illegal migration and I believe if you come to our border you will be turned back.”
From Fox News:
The White House, on Tuesday, seemingly clarified Harris’ comments, saying that they encourage those who would like to come to the U.S. to “do so legally.”
“The President and Vice President have been clear in dissuading people from making the dangerous and treacherous journey to the U.S./Mexico border,” Symone Sanders, Senior Advisor and Chief Spokesperson to the vice president, said in a statement Tuesday morning.
“We encourage those who do want to come to the U.S. to do so legally and seek legal immigration options in their home countries,” Sanders continued. “The Vice President is committed to addressing the root causes of migration, which also addresses why migrants are coming to our border.”
The White House says they have been clear on that policy – noting that during the transition, Amb. Susan Rice and National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan reiterated that now was not the time to come to the U.S., and noting that President Biden in March said something to the same effect, while Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas has urged migrants to pursue legal immigration channels.
The Biden administration has rolled back a number of Trump-era policies which kept migrants out of the U.S., even as increasing numbers of migrants flooded to the border. Of those, the most significant was the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) – which kept migrants in Mexico as they awaited their hearings. The Biden administration has ended the program and has been processing migrants enrolled into the program into the U.S.
Cringe. Kamala Harris doesn't get it.— Andrew Clark (@AndrewHClark) June 8, 2021
Holt: "Do you have any plans to visit the border?"
Harris: "We've been to the border. We've been the border."
Holt: "YOU haven't been to the border."
Harris: ".....and I haven't been to Europe. I don't understand the point you're making." pic.twitter.com/fFXMf8X0b6
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