2020 presidential hopeful Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., accused President Trump of terrorizing his political detractors with immigration raids by the Department of Homeland Security and said his actions have petrified innocent families.
“This administration has directed DHS to conduct these raids as part of what I believe is this administration’s campaign of terror,” she said Sunday on NBC News’ “Meet the Press.” “To make whole populations of people afraid to go to work.
“Children are afraid to go to school for fear that when they come home, their parents won’t be there,” Harris continued.
The California Democrat also commented on what motivates Trump voters and said most of them voted for the president because of promises he made, but that he’s failed to deliver on.
“Here’s the thing. There are people who voted for him for a variety of reasons,” she said earlier in the interview. “And a lot of it had to do with the promises he made, which he has not delivered on because they were false promises.
“And he betrayed a lot of people. He came in saying he was going to help working families. Everyone from farmers to auto workers.”
“I want people to know that if they come into the United States illegally, they’re getting out. They’re going to be brought out. And this serves as a very good deterrent,” he said.
The operation was carried out by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on Wednesday and resulted in the detention of 680 illegal immigrants. Agents targeted a food processing plant in Mississippi and swarmed the facility with federal search warrants in hand.
“The execution of federal search warrants today was simply about enforcing the rule of law in our state and throughout our great country,” U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst said in a statement.
“I commend these federal agents, our state and local law enforcement partners, and our federal prosecutors for their professionalism and dedication to ensure that those who violate our laws are held accountable.”
Nearly half of the detainees were released back out onto the streets the following day, however, on humanitarian grounds.
Fox News’ Adam Shaw and Vandana Rambaran contributed to this report