During the Trump administration, then-Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) spent much of her time decrying the president’s immigration and border policies in highly emotional language.
As PJ Media’s Matt Margolis pointed out in a recent article, however, Harris has shown far less concern about similar issues since she became vice president.
“A human rights abuse”
Margolis began his piece with a declarative statement:
Make no mistake about it. Kamala Harris doesn’t care about the terrible conditions the Biden administration — I’m sorry, the Biden-Harris administration — is putting immigrant children through at this very moment.
Margolis went on to contend that children “are being packed like sardines” in overcrowded detention facilities where they face an elevated risk of sexual assault.
Despite those deplorable conditions, the columnist argued that Harris seems unemotional when discussing the border crisis. During a news conference this week, the vice president calmly explained that her role in the Biden administration is “to deal with the root causes” behind a surge in migration.
That response appears to be a stark departure from how she reacted to the detention of unaccompanied minors under former President Donald Trump, as Margolis noted in his recent article.
“Detaining these children at the border is a human rights abuse being committed by the United States government,” Harris declared in 2019.
“Lined up single-file”
Margolis further noted that during a Democratic presidential primary debate the same year, the then-candidate “pretended to get emotional about immigrant children being housed in a private detention facility.”
At that time, Harris denounced the Trump administration for not allowing members of Congress to enter such facilities, claiming that she scaled a ladder and “saw children lined up single-file based on gender being walked into barracks.”
She went on to decry Trump’s policies for facilitating “laws that allow [minors] to be incarcerated as though they have committed crimes,” insisting that the detained “children have not committed crimes and should not be treated like criminals.”
In contrast, Margolis concluded that today, the vice president “doesn’t seem to care about her own administration refusing to let the media or members of Congress access to border facilities housing immigrant children,” asserting that if “Harris actually cared about immigrant children she’d be calling out her own administration’s human rights abuses.”
Harris has faced increasing pressure since being tasked with a pivotal role in the Biden administration’s response to the migrant surge, particularly over her refusal to personally visit the U.S.-Mexico border.