During her recent trip to Guatemala, Kamala Harris unequivocally told the country’s residents not to come to the United States. But since returning home, the vice president has made other comments that many say don’t seem to fit with that message.
In a shocking reversal Thursday, Harris told Univision reporter Ilia Calderon that she has consistently been an “advocate” for immigrants, both “documented and undocumented.”
“As you know Ilia, I’ve worked on this issue for almost my entire career and have always been an advocate for immigrants — documented and undocumented,” the vice president said, according to Fox News.
“The messaging is confusing”
Harris’ comments seem to conflict with statements made by the VP just days before, following a meeting with Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei.
“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 declared at the time, as Fox noted.
The apparent discrepancy between the two statements from Harris didn’t go unnoticed by the hosts of Fox News’ The Big Saturday Show, who said the VP’s latest remarks were likely motivated by her lofty political ambitions.
“She is going to run for president, more than likely in four years, maybe in eight, and this is a huge issue for the left-wing of the Democrat Party,” Fox contributor and former Republican Rep. Sean Duffy said.
“She needs them to love her,” he added, according to Fox. “If she addresses the border, she’ll have a really hard time winning the primary. That’s how she does it, ignores the border to the expense of the American people.”
“She speaks for me”
Fox Nation personality Abby Hornacek was similarly critical of the VP, who she accused of peddling mixed messaging. “The Guatemalan president even said that,” Hornacek complained, according to Fox. “He said the messaging is confusing for everyone.”
Harris certainly has a history of making controversial statements on border security, even once comparing the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) to the Ku Klux Klan.
Of course, that didn’t stop President Joe Biden from putting the former California senator in charge of his administration’s response to an ongoing crisis at the U.S.–Mexico border. In fact, he seems fully confident in her.
“When she speaks, she speaks for me,” Biden said of Harris back in March, according to Fox.