California state Latino lawmakers issued a statement Wednesday rebuking Vice President Kamala Harris’ controversial comments in El Salvador this week when she told “folks” from Central, “Do not come” to the United States.
Harris received swift backlash from members of her own party for attempting to dissuade Central American migrants from traveling to the U.S. by warning them they will be turned away – a stance that echoed Trump-era policies.
The California Latino Legislative Caucus reflected comments made by Democrats like New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who called Harris’ remarks “disappointing.”
“In keeping with past precedent we should not discourage asylum seekers from seeking a better life. They are doing what they need to do to survive,” the California lawmakers said in a statement. “As such, we urge the Biden-Harris administration and Congress to follow the moral and legal imperative to create a process to allow all asylum seekers to come to this country as a part of a larger, long-overdue comprehensive reform of our immigration system.”
In a tweet Monday, Ocasio-Cortez reminded the California native that, “Seeking asylum at any U.S. border is a 100 percent legal method of arrival.”
The backlash hit