Kamala Harris’ remarks comes a day after Donald Trump, in a prime time address, appealed to US citizens to pressure legislators to fund the border wall
WASHINGTON: Democrat Kamala Harris, the first Indian-American to serve in the US Senate, has criticized President Donald Trump over the federal government shutdown and called it a “crisis of the President’s own making”.
Harris, in a CNN interview on Wednesday, said the American people deserve better leadership than they are seeing “under this President”, stating that the shutdown has thrown lives into chaos.
“It is a false choice to suggest that we’re going to hold 800,000 federal workers and all of the services that they provide hostage for this President’s vanity project,” she said.
In the interview, the Democratic senator spoke about how her heritage as the daughter of immigrants from India and Jamaica has shaped her outlook on the plight of immigrants under the policies of the Trump administration.
In her new memoir, “The Truths We Hold”, Harris described her anger watching her mother become a target because she was “brown-skinned” and how that has driven her efforts to enhance the legal and humanitarian protections over immigrants coming into the US.
Harris told CNN that she was blessed with a nurturing, happy, healthy childhood, but has been dismayed by Trump’s vilification of immigrants.