Did Kamala Harris just say the quiet part out loud? In an interview with Noticias Telemundo, Harris said, “We must pass a pathway to citizenship.” She also said, “It was our first initiative to say we must have a pathway to citizenship.” The Daily Mail reports:
Vice President Kamala Harris said Wednesday that it was Congress’s fault President Biden could not fulfill his promise on immigration reform.
In an interview with Noticias Telemundo, Biden’s ‘root causes’ immigration czar was asked: ‘Elections are in a couple months’ time. I’m sure you are aware the border is going to be an issue, also President Biden promised immigration reform he hasn’t been able to deliver. Why would you say Latinos should vote for the Democrats this November?’
Harris sidestepped the question, instead saying that ‘Congress is not acting’ on immigration.
‘The first piece of legislation that was sent to congress was immigration reform,’ Harris said.
Biden’s sweeping day-one immigration plan would have legalized more than 11 million undocumented immigrants currently living in the U.S. It would have also removed barriers to family-based migration, such as lengthy visa backlogs and employment-based green card requirements, and had little shot of ever getting the 10 Republican votes needed in the Senate to pass.
‘It was our first initiative to say we must have a pathway to citizenship. The problem is that Congress is not acting,’ Harris continued.
‘The way our democracy works is you need a majority and sometimes in the Senate you need 60 of the 100 to actually act on certain kinds of initiatives. We have to agree first of all this is an essential issue about what is right, what is fair, what is good for the economy in the U.S.’
‘We must pass a pathway to citizenship,’ Harris continued. ‘This should not be partisan. We should not allow Republicans or Democrats if they do stand in the way of it to get away with this as a partisan issue.’
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