The thug pretending to be president IS running a campaign of terror. It is no different than the klan’s reign of racial terror against Black people. His hateful words are radicalizing people like #PatrickCrusius to target & kill folks in Walmart based on their ethnicity. He must be impeached and removed from Office. He’s a danger to this country and the world.
WASHINGTON — Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., accused the Trump administration of waging a “campaign of terror” against minority communities in America, pointing specifically to the recent Mississippi food processing plant raids that picked up 680 suspected undocumented workers.
Noting that the raids last week arrested predominately Latino workers, the Democratic presidential hopeful said she believes Hispanics feel targeted in America. In an interview with “Meet the Press,” Harris also questioned why the raids occurred so close to last weekend’s mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, the largest targeted attack on Latinos in modern American history.
“We must point out and never condone anyone who uses their power in a way that fans it. But the reality is that these are forms of hate that are not new to our country, which have in the history of our country taken lethal proportion, and, still today, take on lethal proportion,” she said.
“This administration has directed DHS 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,” Harris said. “Children are afraid to go to school for fear that when they come home, their parents won’t be there.”
The raids hit several work sites in Mississippi, with immigration officials hailing it as the “largest single-state enforcement action in [the] nation’s history.”
Community leaders and immigration advocates have criticized the administration’s handling of the raid, pointing to the effects it will have on children whose parents were apprehended and to lack of criminal actions against the employers specifically.
When asked about the decision to hold the raid shortly after the El Paso shooting, where the shooter told police he was targeting “Mexicans,” acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan told “Meet the Press” Sunday that the timing was “unfortunate.”
But he defended the raid as the culmination of a lengthy investigation “done with sensitivity” by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agents, and said law enforcement released 45 percent of those arrested within the first day for humanitarian reasons, including child care.