Kamala Harris speech live – 'Do not come' remark slammed before meeting Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador

Kamala Harris speech live – 'Do not come' remark slammed before meeting Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador

June 8, 2021

KAMALA Harris has been slammed, including by some in her own party, for controversial comments she made in Guatemala.

The attacks came after Harris pleaded with migrants not to enter the US illegally given the escalating crisis in border regions of the country.

"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.

Joe Biden's VP then confirmed that anyone who flouted these instructions and arrived illegally would be "turned back."

After the vice president told people in the region thinking of making the dangerous journey, "do not come [to the US]," Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez described the statement as "disappointing."

  • Julia Fields

    BIDEN ADMINISTRATION RELEASED MORE THAN 62K IMMIGRANTS INTO THE US DURING FIRST FOUR MONTHS

    The Biden administration has released more than 62,000 immigrants into the US in its first four months, compared to 65 released by the Trump White House in his final four. 

    It is the first time that an administration has allowed for migrants to be released without a court date, the Washington Examiner reports. 

    Tens of thousands of people who illegally crossed the US border have been discharged, with some not given a date on which they are to appear in court. 

  • Julia Fields

    HARRIS SET TO MEET WITH MEXICAN PRESIDENT TODAY

    The Vice President will travel to Mexico City on Tuesday to meet with President López Obrador.

    The White House has said that the goal of the trip is to show the two nations that the US cares about finding long-term solutions to immigration.

    It has said there is no intention to roll-out a plan to deal with the large surge in thousands of migrants that are currently crossing the US border.

    Republicans, especially local lawmakers living along the border, have called on Harris to visit the area while she is in Mexico.

    Yet the White House has confirmed that she will not be visiting the US side of the border during the trip.

  • Julia Fields

    HARRIS CALLS BORDER TRIP A 'GRAND GESTURE'

    Kamala Harris dismissed any future visit to the Mexico border as nothing more than a "grand gesture" on Monday – before telling illegal immigrants they are not welcome in the US.

    The vice president visited Guatemala on Monday to meet with President Alejandro Giammattei where she insisted the border crisis is one of the Biden administration's "highest priorities".

    But she suggested trip to the border would just be a "gesture" before insisting that the administration are focusing on "tangible" results.

    "I came here to be here on the ground, to speak with the leader of this nation around what we can do in a way that is significant, is tangible and has real results.

    "And I will continue to be focused on that kind of work as opposed to grand gestures."

  • Julia Fields

    HARRIS CITES TRIGGERS FOR MASS IMMIGRATION

    Harris and Giammattei participated in a joint briefing during her first trip to the hard-hit region, where Biden has tasked her with addressing the "root causes" of illegal immigration at the end of March.

    She previously cited hurricanes, persistent drought, and the Covid-19 crisis as triggers for mass immigration.

    Giammattei said the US has been asked to give a clearer message on immigration and Harris pulled no punches in her address.

  • Julia Fields

    HARRIS FOCUSED ON 'TANGIBLE RESULTS'

    The vice president is set to make a number of appearances in Mexico today before flying back to Washington DC this evening.

    The news comes after Harris was taunted by protesters upon her arrival in Guatemala carrying pro-Trump signs.

    When she arrived, the vice president dismissed visiting the border, insisting that the administration are focusing on "tangible" results, despite "Republicans' political attacks or criticism or even concerns."

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    "The reason I am here in Guatemala as my first trip as vice president of the United States is because this is one of our highest priorities," she went on.

    "I came here to be here on the ground, to speak with the leader of this nation around what we can do in a way that is significant, is tangible and has real results.

    "And I will continue to be focused on that kind of work as opposed to grand gestures."

  • Julia Fields

    HARRIS DEFENDS HER DECISION TO NOT VISIT THE BORDER

    During an interview with NBC News that aired on Tuesday, Harris also defended her decision not to visit the border.

    "At some point, you know, we are going to the border. We've been to the border," Harris said when asked if she has plans to visit. "So this whole thing about the border. We've been to the border.

    "And I haven't been to Europe. And I mean, I don't understand the point that you're making. I'm not discounting the importance of the border."

    "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.”

  • Julia Fields

    AOC BLASTS HARRIS FOR 'DON'T COME HERE' REMARKS

    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez ripped into Vice President Kamala Harris for telling illegal immigrants not to come here after the United States "set Latin America on fire."

    After the vice president told people in the region thinking of making the dangerous journey, "do not come [to the US]," Ocasio-Cortez described the statement as "disappointing."

    "This is disappointing to see," the far-left politician tweeted. "First, seeking asylum at any US border is a 100 [percent] 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."

  • Julia Fields

    HARRIS SLAMMED FOR PASSING OUT COOKIES

    But the cookies bearing her likeness have been condemned on the internet, with one Republican even suggesting it is the modern-day equivalent of French Queen Marie Antoinette's infamous quote – "Let them eat cake."

    Party Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel continued, "Handing out cookies with her face on them as the border crisis rages.

    Rep. Guy Reschenthaler, R-Pa tweeted: "[Harris] is passing out cookies to the press with her face on them while the cartel makes hundreds of millions of dollars smuggling drugs and children across the southern border.

    "This is all possible thanks to the Biden/Harris Administration’s policies."

    However, others were quick to point out that Harris was gifted the cookies by a local bakery and she was merely sharing them out amongst the reporters on the plane.

  • Julia Fields

    WHAT DID THE COOKIES HARRIS PASSED OUT LOOK LIKE?

    The cookies were modelled on Kamala's official White House portrait.

    They sported her signature brunette locks and her trademark pearl jewelry.

  • Julia Fields

    WHY DID HARRIS HAND OUT COOKIES?

    The Vice President handed out cookies to reporters while traveling on a plane to meet the President of Guatemala.

    It marks her first trip after President Joe Biden appointed her to lead diplomatic efforts in the region as the border crisis wages on.

    She travelled to the Central American country on Sunday via the Air Force 2 and shared the sweet treats with other passengers.

  • Julia Fields

    WHAT IS HARRIS' STANCE ON IMMIGRATION?

    As she made clear on her Twitter page, VP Harris believes that the world is interconnected, but it needed to be so in such a way that was healthy and conducive to the needs of the United States, as well.

    "Our world is interconnected and interdependent—and we know that what happens abroad impacts security and prosperity at home in the United States," she said.

    "That is why I am in Guatemala today."

  • Julia Fields

    HARRIS TELLS GUATEMALEAN MIGRANTS 'DO NOT COME'

    VP Harris and President Giammattei were in talks on Monday, June 7, 2021, in Guatemala to address the growing issue of migrants coming from the Central American country to the United States.

    "We had a robust, candid and thorough conversation," she said.

    She also emphasized the importance of the Guatemalean migrants to not migrate to the United States improperly.

    "Do not come. Do not come. The United States will continue to enforce our laws and secure our borders," she said.

    "If you come to our border, you will be turned back."

  • Julia Fields

    WHY IS KAMALA HARRIS IN GUATEMALA?

    VP Harris and President Giammattei were in talks on Monday, June 7, 2021, in Guatemala to address the growing issue of migrants coming from the Central American country to the United States.

    This is VP Harris' first official overseas trip.

    And she said that she had a great conversation with President Giammattei.

    "We had a robust, candid and thorough conversation," she said.

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