Kamala Harris to Caravan: We Are A "Welcoming" Country


Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) is asked about the migrant caravan making its way to the U.S. border while meeting with voters in Iowa. Harris visited Ankeny to stump for candidates seeking a state Senate seat and a state House seat. She also headlined the Polk County Democrats rally.

CNN captured a media availability where the freshman California Senator and potential 2020 candidate for president said the U.S. is a "tolerant country" and "welcoming" to those who have fled harm.

REPORTER: Is there a political upshot to the Trump administration's tone on the caravan?

SEN. KAMALA HARRIS (D-CA): Absolutely not. Listen, we are a country that our strength has always been that we are a tolerant country, that we are welcoming in particular of those who have fled harm. And the idea that we're vilifying any one group and the fearmongering, that's not in the best interest of our country.

What our country wants and what the people of our country want is they want leaders who are focused on the challenges that they face every day, like, can they put food on the table and pay the bills by the end of the month consistently every month of the year? Those are the priorities they want us to have. Not vilifying some group for the sake of fearmongering and politics.

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