Sep 07, 2020 · Kamala Harris Immigration. September 7, 2020 - by Matt Silver. Kamala Harris has taken bold stances on a variety of immigration issues such as DACA, Sanctuary Cities, Employment-Based Visas and Family-Sponsored Visas. As Joe Biden’s pick for Vice President, her views are important and can have a major impact on the immigration system as a whole.
Jun 07, 2021 · 2020 Election Business Markets Tech ... The political risks of Kamala Harris’ mission on immigration. Analysis by Stephen Collinson, CNN Updated 8:17 PM EDT, Sun June 6, 2021 ...
Aug 14, 2020 · During the Senate confirmation hearing of Ronald Vitiello, President Trump’s then-nominee to lead Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Harris compared the immigration enforcement agency to the Ku Klux Klan. On January 21, 2019, Harris announced she would seek the Democratic nomination for president. Harris’ biggest moment came at the ...
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Jul 31, 2019 · Source: The Truths We Hold, by Kamala Harris, p.164-5, Jan 8, 2019 No border wall in any comprehensive bill Harris voted against a Senate immigration bill backed by centrists from both parties earlier this month.
Jul 29, 2019 · Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., backtracked on her support for decriminalizing illegal border crossing, then immediately reversed course and said she was in favor ...
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Jun 01, 2021 · Harris draws criticism from all sides during her first foreign trip. (CNN) In the weeks since the President asked her to take charge of immigration from Central America, Vice President Kamala ...
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In July of this year Harris, along with 13 other senators, asked Senate leaders to consider including fixes to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program in the next COVID-19 relief package. If you need a refresher, PSLF offers public service workers loan forgiveness after working full-time for 10 years in a federal, state, local, or tribal government organization or certain nonprofit organizations. According to the letter,99 percent of people who apply for this aid don't receive it due to "donut holes" in the system. Fixing these holes, as stated in the letter, ensure "that all types of federal loans and federal repayment plans would qualify, require clearer information and better guidance to borrowers, and simplify the application process so that all eligible borrowers are able to work towards and receive the loan forgiveness they have earned." During her presidential run, Harris' also unveiled a $315 billion plan that would increase teacher pay by an average of $13,500 na...
Harris has long been an advocate for reproductive rights. She's supported by Planned Parenthood and numerous other pro-choice organizations. (You can read more about where she stands on abortion,here.) At one of the 2020 Democratic primary debates, she voiced the importance of reproductive healthcare and how it's presence was lacking in the debates. "This is the sixth debate we have had in this presidential cycle," she said."And not nearly one word, with all of these discussions about healthcare, on women's access to reproductive healthcare, which is under full-on attack in America today. And it's outrageous." She's publicly spoken out against President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Judge Amy Coney Barett, who has the backing of many conservatives and anti-abortion groups. "Judge Barrett has a long record of opposing abortion and reproductive rights," said Harris.There is no other issue that so disrespects and dishonors the work of Justice Ginsburg's life than undoing the seminal d...
In an interview with The Rootlast year, Harris said she supported the decriminalization of sex work. "There is an ecosystem around that that includes crimes that harm people, and for those issues, I do not believe that anybody who hurts another human being or profits off of their exploitation should be free of criminal prosecution," said Harris. "But when you're talking about consenting adults, we should consider that we can't criminalize consensual behavior." She didn't always think this, though. According to Rolling Stone, she was considered "an antagonist of sex workers" during her time as district attorney. Harris opposed Prop K, which set out to decriminalize prostitution in San Francisco, and she led the charge to get the classified-based website used by sex workers, Backpage.com, taken down.
In the early stages of Harris' presidential run, she proposed a tax legislation that would provide relief to middle-class citizens and their families. The proposed tax credit looked a little something like this: 1. Single filers who made up to $30,000 and single parents who earned up to $80,000 would get a refundable tax credit of $3,000 per year. 2. Married couples who earned up to $60,000 a year would get a refundable tax credit of $6,000 a year. After a while, the program would phase out. According to the proposal, it would help families not to take out payday loans to cover rising living expenses cost. To pay for it, Harris suggests repealing the part of the 2017 GOP tax law that benefits those who make more than $100,000 while also placing a fee on financial institutions. Experts who spoke to CNN say that's not enough, though, for the price tag for something like this would be over $3 trillion for just 10 years of the plan. "We should put money back into the pockets of American...
In May, Harris put forth the COVID-19 Racial and Ethnic Disparities Task Force Act, which is a task force to address racial disparities, since Black people are disproportionately affected by the virus and the Black, Hispanic, Native American, and Pacific Islander communities all face barriers to equitable health care. The task force would use data to, in turn, advise on funding and policy decisions in the national response. This is just one of many proposals Harris has either put forth or supported in regard to the coronavirus, including monthly relief for struggling families, a ban on evictions and foreclosures, and grants to small businesses. In her first joint appearance with Biden as his VP running mate, Harris criticizedthe current administration's mishandling of the pandemic. "This virus has impacted almost every country, but there’s a reason it has hit America worse than any other advanced nation. It’s because of Trump’s failure to take it seriously from the start...an Americ...
Harris has been vocal about Black Lives Matter and supported the movement's call for justice and police reform, including writing about the issueand marching with protesters: But her stance on "standing up for Black America" dates before that. Her plans as a presidential candidate included "ending mass incarceration, cash bail and the death penalty; creating a national police systems review board; making attending historically Black colleges and universities debt-free for students." It's worth noting here that Harris' stance has evolved over time. The New York Times piece goes into significant detail, but argues that the changes Harris made were incremental, and that she often “avoided intervening in cases involving killings by the police.” This work will likely come up during the campaign.
When she was a presidential candidate, Harris put forth a comprehensive climate plan: Harris supportsthe Green New Deal, the Paris Agreement, and a "clean economy"—calling for $12 trillion in private and public funding to help build a clean economy that creates new jobs, promotes clean energy, and develops climate resilience measures. It also laid out future plans for net-zero carbon emissions (2045) and a carbon-neutral electricity sector (2030). Along with Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Harris also proposed developingan Office of Climate and Environmental Justice Accountability to ensure low-income communities would benefit from legislation.
Based on her responses at the presidential debates and in later statements, Harris would take direct action: If Congress didn't act within 100 days, her plan would include a ban on assault weapons, mandatory background checks, and closing of loopholes, amongst other things. Harris is herself a gun owner and has said that she believes there's a balance between protection of Second Amendment rights and preventing gun deaths. Biden also has a strong stance on gun control, and the announcement of Biden-Harris has been met with support from gun control advocates.
Harris is herself the daughter of two immigrant parents, and she was the first Black person and first woman to become San Francisco's attorney general. She's been outspoken on the proposed U.S.-Mexico wall, saying, "Because I was a prosecutor for many years, including the Attorney General of California, I specialize on trans-national criminal organizations. That wall ain’t gonna stop them.” Harris has been called "the most outspoken ally of immigration activists" and put in place programs in California to protect and empower immigrants in the state. She supports DREAMers and DACA; In 2019, she unveiled an immigration planthat would remove the threat of deportation from undocumented immigrants via executive action and expand deferred action immigration programs.
Beyond her plans for the economy with regards to climate change, and the work she's done in favor of working families and individuals during the pandemic, Harris has been an advocate for increasing child care to six months. This "Children's Agenda" would "put children at the center of her decision-making and treat their needs with the same urgency and importance as we treat any other national priority." It would be available not just to full-time workers and would create a dedicated Office of Paid Family and Medical Leave. In a larger sense, Harris' proposed the 21st Century SKILLS Actwould allow workers to obtain money for training, particularly in specialized fields, to address the increasing challenge of automation in the workforce and the threat that poses to jobs. The program is flexible and covers costs like transportation and child care.
- What Is Birthright Citizenship?
- Birthright Citizenship and Immigration
- President Trump’s History with Birthright Citizenship
The Fourteenth Amendment was adopted into the Constitution in 1868 following the American Civil War. Its adoption gave “birthright citizenship” to people born or naturalized in the United States, including people who were formerly enslaved. With limited exceptions, all people born within a U.S. territory automatically become an American citizen, regardless of the citizenship of their parents.
The racist argument about Harris’ eligibility tries to create a distinctionbetween a “natural born citizen” and a person born in the United States to immigrant parents. At the time of her birth in Oakland, California, Harris’ parents were immigrants. But their immigration status does not matter—birthright citizenship guaranteed her U.S. citizenship no matter her parents’ immigration status. Attempts to restrict citizenship for Americans with immigrant parents—based on race alone—go back centuries. There are unfortunately far too many examples to name. Less than two decades after the adoption of the Fourteenth Amendment, government officials argued that U.S.-born children of Chinese immigrants could not be considered citizens by birth. The Chinese Exclusion Act, signed into law in 1882, barredthe entry of almost all immigration from China. It simultaneously banned Chinese immigrants already living in the United States from becoming naturalized citizens, supposedly also disqualifying...
Trump rose to political prominence—and infamy—in 2011 after claiming that President Obama was born in Kenya and ineligible for the presidency. He was perhaps the loudest high-profile figure to tout the racist “birther” conspiracy theory at the time and continued to push “birtherism” well into 2015. It’s easy to draw a comparison between his claims about Obama then and Harris now. But Trump hasn’t limited his clear disdain for birthright citizenship to these fringe theories. The Trump administration threatened to abolish birthright citizenship by executive order in 2018. The president claimed he would end birthright citizenship by executive order to prevent the children of undocumented immigrantsfrom becoming U.S. citizens. The executive order, however, was never issued. In August 2019, the Trump administration attacked birthright citizenship again. The administration released a policythat changed the way “U.S. residency” was defined for U.S. military members and government employees...
Jun 07, 2021 · Vice President Kamala Harris responded to a reporter’s question on immigration in the United States during a joint press conference with Guatemala President Alejandro Giammattei on Monday. Video Transcript-Madame Vice President, good to see you. I know corruption has been a big focus of your work on this issue in recent months.
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- Net neutrality and technology. In 2017, Harris came out publicly in support of net neutrality. In a Medium post, she wrote that the net neutrality proposal the FCC was then considering “is a grave threat to the Internet’s success, and to California’s future.
- Education. Harris has come out in support of universal pre-K (which is continually becoming a hot-button issue for 2020 Democrats) and “debt-free college.”
- Immigration. Harris says she wants to “protect the legal rights of refugees and immigrants.” But what does that mean? Does she want to revamp DACA? Does she want to install much-needed immigration judges or make specific changes to the system for seeking asylum?
- Medicare for All. During her CNN Town Hall, Harris floundered on her Medicare for All plan, saying that she would eliminate private insurers. Republicans pounced on the line, and Harris, through advisors, eventually walked it back.