Kamala Harris Calls ICE Immigration Raids Trump's ‘Campaign Of Terror’
2020 hopeful slams hugely successful series of raids across six cities
2020 hopeful Kamala Harris has suggested the recent illegal immigration raid in Mississippi was a “campaign of terror" implemented by the Trump administration.
Speaking to NBC’s Chuck Todd, Harris said:
“This administration has directed [the Department of Homeland Security] to conduct these raids as part of what I believe is this administration’s campaign of terror, which is to make whole populations of people afraid to go to work."
“Children are afraid to go to school for fear that when they come home, their parents won’t be there.”
The California senator was referring to the hugely successful series of raids across six cities in Mississippi, resulting in the arrest of 680 illegal aliens, making the operation the largest single-state bust in US history.
Federal officials confirmed Wednesday they captured almost 700 illegal immigrants who had been working for a chain of seven Mississippi food processing plants.
ICE agents raided plants in Bay Springs, Carthage, Canton, Morton, Pelahatchie, and Sebastapol.
The sting was also the largest workplace raid in the last 11 years.
“[Trump’s] actions have been to divide, to vilify, to do what is contrary to who we are as Americans — which is to say it’s ‘us versus them.'”
Harris, with no basis of evidence, suggested the raids are intended to frighten illegal immigrant households away from partaking in the U.S. census.
The raid sparked criticism from progressives and immigrant-rights advocates who said the operation shouldn’t have taken place so soon after the El Paso, Texas, mass shooting.
Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan also called the timing “unfortunate.”
But Mark Morgan, Customs and Border Protection Acting Commissioner, said the Mississippi raids were a priority, telling CNN's Jake Tapper they will not refrain from carrying out the law.
“ICE’s priorities will always be to go after criminal aliens as a priority," he said.
"That doesn’t mean they exclude all demographics,” Morgan stated.
“We still have to apply consequences, meaning enforce the rule of law, for those individuals that are here illegally against immigration law.”