Kamala Harris, mute on 2020 ambitions, slams Trump's 'immoral' policies, seeks ban on 'weapons of war'
U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., remained mute about her 2020 ambitions Thursday during a town hall meeting in her house state, but attacked the Trump administration&rsquos immigration policies as &ldquoimmoral&rdquo and stated she supports a ban on &ldquoweapons of war.&rdquo
&ldquoThis administration, as far as I&rsquom concerned, has place a target on California&rsquos back and we&rsquore going to require to fight this,&rdquo Harris told a crowd of more than 1,000 people in the San Fernando Valley, a lot of of whom were young students, the Los Angeles Day-to-day News reported.
&ldquoThis administration, as far as I&rsquom concerned, has place a target on California&rsquos back and we&rsquore going to need to fight this.&rdquo
She criticized the administration’s zero-tolerance policy on illegal immigration, which has led to at least 1,300 kids being separated from parents who attempted to cross the border illegally.
&ldquoIt&rsquos immoral,&rdquo she stated. &ldquoAnd let&rsquos be clear, government ought to be in the business of keeping families with each other, not tearing them apart.&rdquo
Harris received praise from progressives soon after her heated confrontation with Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen final month, in which she took the Trump administration official to process over the situation.
But Nielsen denied the administration is intentionally splitting the families, explaining to Harris that parents who attempted to enter the country illegally might shed their youngsters if they face charges or jail time, as according to the current U.S. laws that precede the election of Trump.
Harris, California’s junior U.S. senator, isn&rsquot facing re-election this year, but her town hall was held just days just before Tuesday&rsquos major election in the state — which Democrats hope will assist solidify their domination in California and eventually flip seats in the U.S. Congress.
But holding a town hall even though not facing an election merely fueled speculation that Harris may run for president in 2020. Rather than dismiss the rumors about it, Harris told reporters that she had &ldquono announcements to make.&rdquo
Throughout the event, Harris outlined some of her policy wishes, which includes banning &ldquoweapons of war&rdquo and introducing mandatory background checks.
&ldquoIt&rsquos a false option to suggest you either support the Second Amendment or you want to take every person&rsquos guns away,&rdquo she told the audience. &ldquoThat is ridiculous.&rdquo
&ldquoIt&rsquos a false selection to suggest you either assistance the Second Amendment or you want to take everyone&rsquos guns away. That is ridiculous.&rdquo
She also spoke about a bipartisan bill she&rsquos working on with U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., that would reform the court&rsquos bail system.
Harris wrapped up her appearance by saying that even though Trump poses challenges to people, she doesn&rsquot think the country is divided.
&ldquoI reject that premise. I do not believe we are divided. I think that the vast majority of us have so much much more in typical than what separates us, and I know that to be correct,&rdquo she stated.
The Related Press contributed to this report.
Published at Fri, 01 Jun 2018 05:00:00 +0000