New York Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Monday called Vice President Kamala Harris’ comments on immigration “disappointing” after Harris told a press conference that migrants seeking to crossing the US border should not come.
In a Twitter post, Ocasio-Cortez said showing up at the U.S. border to seek asylum is a legal method of arrival.
The Progressive Democrat also said the United States has helped destabilize parts of Latin America and “we cannot help set someone’s house on fire and then blame them for running away. “.
As previously reported by Fox News, Harris made comments appearing to clarify the administration’s position on immigration during a visit to Guatemala, where she said the United States intends to continue working for secure their border.
“I want to stress that the aim of our work is to help the Guatemalans find hope at home, at the same time, I want to be clear with the people of this region who are considering making the dangerous journey to the US-Mexico border – – don’t come, don’t come, ”she said. “There are legal methods by which migration can and should occur. “
Harris said the administration would discourage illegal migration and people who arrived at the border this way would be “turned away.”
HARRIS, GUATEMALA, TELLS POTENTIAL MIGRANTS THEY WILL BE RETURNED: “DON’T COME”
Harris attended joint press conference with Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei on his first trip to the region since President Biden tasked her with leading the fight against the “root causes” of illegal immigration in the countries of origin.
Harris had previously identified several acute causes of migration from Guatemala, including recent hurricanes, persistent drought and fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Root causes include poverty and the resulting lack of economic opportunities, corruption and lack of good governance, and violence against women, the LGBTQ community and people of African descent.
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She was selected for the role at the end of March as the number of migrants seeking to cross the US border increases.
Giammattei noted that the United States has been urged to send a clearer message on immigration.
Fox News’s Adam Shaw contributed to this report.
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