Harris, as a part of her go to to Guatemala on Monday, informed migrants seeking to come to this nation that they mustn’t journey to the U.S. Mexico border and claimed that they might be turned again in the event that they did.
“I wish to emphasize that the purpose of our work is to assist Guatemalans discover hope at dwelling, on the similar time I wish to be clear to of us on this area who’re fascinated about making the damaging trek to the United States-Mexico border — don’t come, don’t come,” she stated.
The previous star of the NBC comedy “Superstore” and co-founder of Poderistas – a digital group which “evokes, affirms, and informs Latinas” – appeared on “The View” shortly after Harris’ speech. The actress and activist criticized the vp’s feedback in addition to the Biden administration’s efforts on the U.S. southern border.
“Properly, I had so many ideas, however at the beginning, excessive disappointment and confusion at simply how ineffective and futile and ineffective a method that’s,” Ferrera informed host Pleasure Behar (through Mediaite).
She added: “I do know that Vice President Harris is aware of the tales too, however I’ve spent a few years sitting in shelters, detention facilities on this facet of the border and on the opposite facet of the border with, you realize, Honduran households, Mexican households, Guatemalan households — listening to the tales of the violent and life-threatening circumstances they’re fleeing.”
Ferrera likened Harris’ feedback to telling a drowning particular person to “cease flailing for his or her life, highlighting the possibly harmful conditions they’re fleeing to America to keep away from.
“It’s not solely extremely ineffective, as she is aware of, it’s merciless,” she continued. “That’s such a disappointment as a result of — as a result of Vice President Harris and President [Joe] Biden promised compassion. They promised humanity. They promised that we have been going to convey humanity again into our nation’s governance and together with in our immigration coverage.”
The star concluded her ideas on the matter by noting that she feels Harris’ message to potential U.S. migrants is a “slap within the face” to these like her who campaigned for her and Biden within the 2020 presidential election.
“Fairly truthfully, as any individual who campaigned for, rallied, and voted for Biden and Harris — it’s a slap within the face for all the immigrant advocates who believed, you realize, what they promised, which was change and compassion,” she stated. “In order that they know higher and they need to do higher and I’m not beneath the impression, by no means was, that we have been electing excellent folks.”