(PresidentialWire.com)- While in Guatemala ostensibly searching for the “root causes” of the unprecedented flood of illegal aliens at the US border, Vice President Kamala Harris sent the Guatemalan people a message that, when President Trump said it, Senator Kamala Harris called “racist.”
KAMALA HARRIS: "Do not come. The United States will continue to enforce our laws and secure our border…We, as one of our priorities, will discourage illegal migration, and I believe if you come to our border you will be turned back." pic.twitter.com/X36qllvVom
— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) June 7, 2021
“Do not come” and if you do, “I believe … you will be turned back.”
As former Trump Press Secretary Sean Spicer pointed out on Twitter, this is the same Kamala Harris who, in 2017 tweeted, “Say it loud, say it clear, everyone is welcome here. #NoBanNoWall.”
Yes, it is no doubt rather hypocritical.
But at the same time, note the use of the “I believe” in her statement. Harris does not say unequivocally “you will be turned back.” She said “I believe if you come to our border you will be turned back.”
That sounds more like Kamala is sending mixed signals.
“Do not come” followed by “I believe” just possibly, maybe, there’s a good chance, but don’t quote me on it “you will be turned back” is mushy and not at all direct.
Though, even this squishy statement did not sit well with Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Calling Kamala’s “do not come” statement “disappointing,” Ocasio-Cortez countered that seeking asylum at the border is a “100% legal method of arrival.” AOC then blamed the flood of illegal aliens on the US whom she accused of spending decades destabilizing the region.
“We can’t help set someone’s house on fire,” Ocasio-Cortez added, “and then blame them for fleeing.”
But nothing short of flinging the border wide open will satisfy Ocasio-Cortez.
Naturally, Press Secretary Jen Psaki felt the need to “clarify” Harris’ statement in her press briefing on Tuesday.
The reporter, mentioning Ocasio-Cortez’s disappointment, asked Psaki what the White House says to Progressive Democrats like AOC in response to Harris’ message.
In her rather convoluted answer, Psaki explained that Kamala was simply saying “there’s more work to be done,” and the point of her statement was don’t come until the White House can “reform” immigration and ensure a better pathway to citizenship.