Kamala Harris Fires Back At Ocasio-Cortez In Immigration Row

Written by Carmine Sabia

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Kamala Harris has fired back at New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez after the former used her Twitter platform to tear into Harris.

It came after Harris, who skipped visiting the border and leapfrogged it to go to Central America, advised illegal immigrants not to come to the border.

“I want to be clear to folks in this region who are thinking about making that dangerous trek to the United States-Mexico border: Do not come. Do not come,” Harris said as she emphasized that the United States would continue to enforce its laws.

It continues the Biden administration’s campaign of attempting to undo what it did at the start, when many migrants believed that Biden was opening the doors in a free for all allowing everyone in.

But the idea of the United States enforcing its immigration laws was not something that met with Rep. Ocasio-Cortez’s approval as she was furious with Harris.

“This is disappointing to see. First, seeking asylum at any US border is a 100% legal method of arrival. Second, the US spent decades contributing to regime change and destabilization in Latin America. We can’t help set someone’s house on fire and then blame them for fleeing,” she said in her first tweet.

“It would be helpful if the US would finally acknowledge its contributions to destabilization and regime change in the region. Doing so can help us change US foreign policy, trade policy, climate policy, & carceral border policy to address causes of mass displacement & migration,” she said.


Harris was made aware of Ocasio-Cortez’s comments on Tuesday by a reporter with her on her tour of Central America and immediately responded.

“Why did you emphasize that people shouldn’t come? AOC is now being critical of that, sort of, emphasis that you made,” the reporter said.

“I’m really clear: we have to deal with the root causes, and that is my focus,” Harris said, then added, “Period.”

It was a particularly tough day for Harris who had part of an interview with Lester Holt air earlier in which she looked ridiculous answering as to why she has not visited the border.

“The question that has come up and you heard it here and you’ll hear it again I’m sure, is, ‘Why not visit the border? Why not see what Americans are seeing in this crisis?’” Holt said.

“Well, we are going to the border,” she said. “We have to deal with what’s happening at the border, there’s no question about that. That’s not a debatable point. But we have to understand that there’s a reason people are arriving at our border and ask what is that reason and then identify the problem so we can fix it.”

But later on in the interview Holt came back to the question and Harris did her usual giggle like a school girl routine to attempt to divert from the fact that her answer stunk.

“Do you have any plans to visit the border?” Holt said.

“At some point, you know, we are going to the border,” Harris said. “We’ve been to the border. So this whole thing about the border. We’ve been to the border. We’ve been to the border.”

“You haven’t been to the border,” Holt fired back, emphasizing her absence.

“And I haven’t been to Europe!” a testy Harris said with an awkward laugh. “And I mean—I don’t understand the point that you’re making. I’m not discounting the importance of the border.”

Holt explained that there were some Democrats who have been as critical as Republicans with the fact that she has not visited the border.

“I care about what’s happening at the border,” she 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.”