Sen. Kamala Harris: ‘Idea’ That Illegals ‘Are Trying to Invade Our Country to Commit Mass Crime Is a Crisis’ of Trump’s Own Making

By Melanie Arter | February 19, 2019 | 2:40 PM EST

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) (Screenshot)

( – Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) said Tuesday that President Donald Trump’s assertion that illegal immigrants are trying to invade the United States “to commit mass crime is a crisis of his own making.”

Speaking at a “Politics and Eggs Breakfast” hosted by the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College in New Hampshire, Harris was asked what Congress can do and what she would do as president and during her remaining tenure as senator to prevent another government shutdown.

“I was raised by a mother who would not tolerate complaining, and so if you started complaining about something, she’d say, ‘Well what do you plan on doing about it?’ So on the point that you just raised, I’m running for president of the United States,” she said.


“We cannot have leaders who put self-interest in front of the interest of other people. Public service is noble service when done right, but when the power that comes with these offices is used for the purpose of self-interest, when it is used in a way that it is an exercise of raw power, used in a way that is about beating people down and diminishing them and belittling them, we know we need a change, and that’s why we have elections in this country,” Harris said.

“We cannot continue to have an administration and a president of the United States who puts his vanity projects ahead of the needs of the people of our country, and let me just be more clear about that. I’ve been to the border. I prosecuted transnational criminal organizations. The idea that he is trying to say that we have people that are trying to invade our country, to commit mass crime, is a crisis of his own making,” she said.

Harris said people who take an oath to protect the border “will tell you the trafficking that is happening of drugs and guns coming into our country, it’s happening at ports of entry.”

“We don’t need a multibillion-dollar wall. That wall ain’t gone stop them. We need resources at our ports of entry, and of course, we need to have border security, but this is a crisis of his own making, because it was a campaign pledge that took heat and propelled him to victory, and he feels the need to keep reciting what is a lie,” she said.


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