Actress and Latina activist America Ferrera tore into Vice President Kamala Harris after she made “cruel” comments that purportedly told potential immigrants not to come to the United States.
She appeared on The View Thursday and stated that the Vice President’s words were a “slap in the face” to Latinos who campaigned for Harris and Biden in the 2020 presidential election.
Harris made the comments at a press conference in Guatemala. She indicated migrants should not travel to the border and if they did, they would be turned back: “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,” she emphatically stated.
Ferrara is a former star of the NBC comedy “Superstore.” She is also the co-founder of Poderistas which is an online community that “inspires, affirms, and informs Latinas.” She was interviewed not long after Harris’ speech and did not hold back in her criticism of both Harris’ comments as well as Biden’s immigration and border efforts: “Well, I had so many thoughts, but first and foremost, extreme disappointment and confusion at just how useless and futile and ineffective a strategy that is,” Ferrera told The View’s Joy Behar.
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The actress continued: “I know that Vice President Harris knows the stories too, but I have spent many years sitting in shelters, detention centers on this side of the border and on the other side of the border with, you know, Honduran families, Mexican families, Guatemalan families — hearing the stories of the violent and life-threatening circumstances they’re fleeing.”
Ferrera excoriated Harris: “For me, what she said is essentially telling a drowning person to stop flailing for their life, to not do the one thing that might save them or their child.” She also spoke of the dangers that immigrants face before and after crossing the border including what forced them to flee in the first place.
“It’s not only incredibly ineffective, as she knows, it’s cruel,” she remarked. “That’s such a disappointment because — because Vice President Harris and President [Joe] Biden promised compassion. They promised humanity. They promised that we were going to bring humanity back into our country’s governance and including in our immigration policy.”
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“Quite honestly, as somebody who campaigned for, rallied, and voted for Biden and Harris — it’s a slap in the face for all of the immigrant advocates who believed, you know, what they promised, which was change and compassion,” Ferrera concluded. “So they know better and they should do better and I’m not under the impression, never was, that we were electing perfect people.”
She posited that her role as a voter is to hold all politicians accountable. Ferrara says that Harris should be called out for her comments because “They’re harmful and they perpetuate a very harmful perspective that really does make immigrants in this country less safe.”
Ferrera’s sentiments echoed those of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez concerning Harris’ comments: “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.”
Ocasio Cortez NOT happy with Kamala Harris’ convenient new message for migrants https://t.co/MCpuDW28T7 pic.twitter.com/XscDK3PtZf
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