Kamala Harris struggles to define stance on illegal immigration

If there is one thing that is plaguing Sen. Kamala Harris’ (D-CA) bid for the presidency, it is her inability to pick a side of the fence on the major issues.

Harris’ latest collapse came during an interview on ABC’s The View, of all places, where she was taken to task by co-host Meghan McCain regarding illegal immigration. 

Harris’ equivocation on full display

Meghan McCain looked to clarify where Harris stood on illegal immigration considering that, during the first Democrat debate, Harris raised her hand to indicate that she was in favor of “decriminalizing border crossings.”

“That is not correct,” Harris replied. “I’m not in favor of decriminalizing, um, or, or, not having, um, consequence for — we have to keep — let me just be very clear.”

(Please do, senator, for that was anything but.)

A failed attempt at clarity

Following that first stumble, Harris composed herself and took a minute to set things straight.

“We have to have a secure border, but I am in favor of saying that we’re not going to treat people who are undocumented across the border as criminals,” she said. “That’s correct. That is correct.”

She went on: “And what we have got to do is we cannot have any more policy like we have under this current president that is about inhumane conduct, that is about putting babies in cages, that is about separating children from their parents.”

She said “we have got to have policy that is about passing comprehensive immigration reform with a pathway towards citizenship, shutting down these private detention facilities. You gotta play by the rules, but you can’t treat people like criminals,” she added.

Better luck next time

Let’s try to get this right. Harris starts by denying that she supports “decriminalizing border crossings,” but finishes with the statement that she will not treat like criminals those who illegally cross the border?

From her attempt at clarity, it would seem to be safe to conclude that she is, indeed, in favor of “decriminalizing border crossings.” Yet, the clearest thing she did was flatly deny this position.

Gaffes like this make Harris a very weak candidate for the Democrats in 2020, as they leave people wondering whether she is just purposely hedging or whether she truly does not know where she herself stands on the issues. Either way, such a candidate is never really going to even have a chance at getting elected.

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