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Vice President Kamala Harris criticized Republican leaders in a Vice video published Wednesday, suggesting they are making the lives of women and asylum seekers worse.
Asked if she thought “democracy” is “falling back” after the Supreme Court’s ruling on abortion, Harris said: “I do believe it challenges the strength of our ability to fight for democracies around the world, while protecting fundamental have rights that are upheld. under attack by extremist so-called leaders in our own country.”
Vice News interviewer Liz Landers asked Harris if she “understood the political point DeSantis and Abbott are trying to make” by sending migrants to liberal areas like Martha’s Vineyard.
Harris flatly criticized the actions of the Republican governors.
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“They’re playing games,” Harris said. “These are political stunts with real people on the run from evil. Do you know what is happening in Venezuela right now?”
She noted that these migrants “came to the United States of America to seek refuge — asylum. I think it’s the height of irresponsibility — let alone — frankly, dereliction of duty when you’re an elected leader to do that sort of thing.” to play games with human lives.”
Landers asked Harris if she could “understand the frustration Americans have with the situation at the border.”
Harris responded by suggesting that the Trump administration was to blame.
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“Under the previous administration, they decimated a system designed to tackle immigration,” she said, suggesting the Biden administration spent time and resources “reconstructing that system.”
Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., made a similar comment during an interview Tuesday, suggesting that Trump and the Republicans were responsible for both dismantling the previous immigration system and reducing the legal means of obtaining legalized citizenship.
Harris added that she has been working to address the root causes of mass migration so that more people will “take care of themselves in their home countries”.
In contrast, she criticized Republican leaders for being “inhumane” toward migrants.
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“You know, doing it for the sake of a headline, what we’re seeing with these governors is — is irresponsible and it’s — it’s inhumane. It’s inhumane,” she said.