Vice President Kamala Harris has been attacked for months by conservatives for not visiting the southern border, even as the immigration crisis grows worse.
But now she faces attacks from her own party in her home state for comments she made on immigration this week.
Harris emphatically told illegal immigrants “do not come” to the U.S. during a press conference in Guatemala with the nation’s president.
“The goal of our work is to help Guatemalans find hope at home,” Harris said. “At the same time, I want to be clear to folks in the region who are thinking about making that dangerous trek to the United States-Mexico border: Do not come. Do not come. I believe if you come to our border, you will be turned back.”
After Harris made the comments, the California Latino Legislative Caucus released a statement attacking Harris “in response to United States Vice President Kamala Harris’ remarks in Guatemala this week.”
“America has long stood as a beacon of hope, opportunity, and safety for those looking to escape violence, extreme poverty, and political persecution,” the group’s chairs said. “Seeking asylum in the United States is not only legal but a matter of life and death for many.”
The group went on to say the nation needs to reform the immigration system.
“We commend the Vice President for seeking to address the root causes of why so many men, women, and children are fleeing to our border,” the group said. “Sadly, most of these issues were worsened by the Trump Administration’s four years of ineptitude and neglect. In keeping with past precedent we should not discourage asylum seekers from seeking a better life. They are doing what they need to do to survive. As such, we urge the Biden-Harris administration and Congress to follow the moral and legal imperative to create a process to allow all asylum seekers to come to this country as a part of a larger, long-overdue comprehensive reform of our immigration system.”