“This piece originally appeared at Newsmax.com“
The White House has tasked Vice President Kamala Harris with solving the burgeoning border crisis.
Under the twisted logic and hypocrisy that is becoming the hallmark of the Biden administration, naturally the best person to solve the immigration crisis is a leader who enabled illegal immigration at the highest levels of the most broken border state on record: California.
For starters, Harris doesn’t even believe that breaking the law by entering the country unlawfully is a crime. In 2015, Harris told KCBS television in Los Angeles, “An undocumented immigrant is not a criminal.”
By her very definition, the 78,000 individuals encountered each day by Customs and Border Patrol officers have committed no crime.
In June 2014, then-Attorney General Kamala Harris issued a bulletin to law enforcement across the most populous state in the nation directing them not to hold illegal immigrants for being in the state illegally.
Her bulletin went so far as to warn law enforcement about their “potential liability for complying with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) federal detainer requests for undocumented immigrants.”
It cast a chill over local law enforcement on matters as simple as traffic stops.
The 2014 missive wasn’t her first rodeo.
In 2012, she bucked the Obama-Biden administration when she notified California law enforcement agencies that they could ignore President Obama’s directive to detain illegal immigrants under the Secure Communities act intended to curb rampant illegal immigration. Her action was a blow to the Obama-era law since California at the time represented the largest number of Secure Communities deportations.
As California’s “top cop,” Harris presided over a number of other actions that ushered in a culture of permissiveness for illegal immigrants.
Harris supported Assembly Bill 60 in 2013 which allows illegal immigrants to obtain drivers licenses. Illegal immigrants from other countries now represent more than half of all California drivers license holders.
Harris also sided with the first illegal immigrant who sought to become a lawyer and a member of the California Bar Association. During a key argument in 2012, Harris weighed in at the California Supreme Court with her support.
Then-Senator Harris followed the same pro-illegal immigration path. Proving just how unreasonable she is when it comes to basic border protection, she voted against a wide-sweeping immigration reform bill that would have given DREAMERS their much-coveted pathway to citizenship, simply because she believed it would give too much support for President Donald Trump’s border wall.
In her bid for the White House, Harris proved once again that she was pro-illegal immigrant telling CNN’s Jake Tapper in May 2019 that she would never choose between American citizens and illegals when deciding who should receive services from the federal government. She was among the first Presidential candidates to support publicly-funded healthcare for illegal immigrants in 2020.
She also proved that she doesn’t believe in the most basic border protection. In her 2019 book titled The Truths We Hold, Harris wrote that a “wall on the border with Mexico was a total waste of taxpayer money.” This is a more radical position than held by her former counterparts in the U.S. Senate.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer along with former U.S. Senators Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama all supported the strengthening of the border fence in Yuma, Arizona through the 2006 Secure Fence Act, which curtailed illegal activity by a stunning 78 percent. While not a wall, per se, the Yuma fence has been held up as a shining example of reasonable, bipartisan border protection that worked.
It seems an obvious conflict of interest to allow a leader who has been so in the tank for illegal immigration to now be in charge of stemming the tide of America’s illegal immigration crisis. However, that’s where America finds itself in the upside-down world that is the Biden administration.
A few of Harris’s campaign pledges on illegal immigration have not yet come to fruition.
During an early Democratic Primary debate in June 2019 Harris vowed, “I will release children from cages. I will get rid of the private detention centers.”
Today, more children are in detention centers than ever before at the U.S. Southern border. At approximately 14,000, there are more than twice the number of children in detention centers today than there were on Biden’s Inauguration Day.
In addition, adult detention centers are overflowing, and migrants have been photographed sleeping under bridges.
All of these challenges place Harris a long way from fulfilling her campaign promises and succeeding on her first task of wrangling the border crisis as vice president — the ultimate proof that governing America is a lot harder than slinging progressive policies in liberal California.
Jennifer Kerns is host of the new nationally-syndicated show, “All-American Radio with Jennifer Kerns.” She has served as a GOP strategist; spokeswoman for the California Republican Party; strategist for the Colorado Recalls over the Second Amendment; and writer/researcher for the most-watched U.S. Presidential Debate of the 2016 election cycle for FOX News.