President Donald Trump often warned throughout the 2020 campaign season that a potential Joe Biden administration would turn every American community into a “sanctuary” for “violent criminals” with its lax policies on immigration. And in a stunning announcement, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) seems to have just confirmed his worst fears.
According to Breitbart, the California senator and media-declared vice president-elect made clear in a short talk to the National Immigrant Integration Conference (NIIC) this week that the Biden administration will work to relax immigration laws and grant amnesty to millions of undocumented immigrants currently residing in the U.S.
The talk comes as President Trump continues his push to overturn the apparent results of the 2020 election with a number of legal challenges across the country. With a vote by the Electoral College looming, the president’s legal team has made clear that their fight against alleged voter fraud still isn’t over.
“The only fixed day in the U.S. Constitution is the inauguration of the President on January 20 at noon,” they said in a statement Tuesday, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Walking back Trump policies
If Trump’s efforts to expose alleged election improprieties end up falling short, it looks like Americans will soon experience what Trump once called an “insane immigration plan” on Biden’s part.
Breitbart reported Wednesday that during her pre-recorded remarks to the NIIC, Harris pledged to rescind Trump’s ban on travel from countries designated as threats or potential threats to national security, like Iran, Yemen, Libya, and Syria — a policy that dates back to 2017, according to The New York Times — as well as institute a massive amnesty program that could let as many as 22 million undocumented immigrants off scot-free.
Harris said the Biden White House also plans to reinstate the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, commonly known as DACA.
“In our first 100 days, we will send an immigration bill to Congress, reinstate DACA, repeal harmful and discriminatory policies like the Muslim ban, and during our administration, we will repeal indiscriminate enforcement policies that tear families apart and make us less safe,” Harris told the conference, according to Breitbart.
“Together, we will build a better, more humane immigration system,” she added.
Who’s paying for it?
The comments appear to be in line with the stance Biden took on the campaign trail. While addressing Iowa’s Asian & Latino Coalition in August 2019, the former vice president said the U.S. “could afford to take in a heartbeat another two million people.”
It was a statement that received a lot of blowback on the right, including from Fox News personality Tucker Carlson, who wondered: “How many of those immigrants will be staying at Joe Biden’s house?”
More than a year later, the question remains.