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America Ferrera rips Harris’s ‘cruel’ border comments: ‘A slap in the face’

America Ferrera is blasting Vice President Harris’s message to Central American migrants to stay home and not try to enter the United States, slamming the remarks as “cruel” and a “slap in the face.”

“First and foremost, extreme disappointment and confusion at just how useless and futile a strategy that is,” Ferrera said in describing her reaction to Harris’s comments in a Thursday interview on ABC’s “The View.”

In Guatemala, as part of her first foreign trip as vice president on Monday, Harris repeated the line, “Do not come.”

“I want to emphasize that the goal of our work is to help Guatemalans find hope at home,” Harris said. “At the same time I want to be clear to folks in this region who are thinking about making that dangerous trek to the United States Mexico border: Do not come.”

Harris was visiting the Northern Triangle after being tasked by President Biden with addressing the root causes of migration in Central America.

“I know that Vice President Harris knows the stories, too, but I have spent many years sitting in shelters, detention centers on this side of the border and on the other side of the border, with Honduran families, Mexican families, Guatemalan families, hearing the stories of the violence and the life-threatening circumstances that they’re fleeing,” the former “Superstore” actor said.

“For me, what she said is essentially telling a drowning person to stop flailing for their life, to not do the one thing that might save them or their child,” Ferrera, whose parents are from Honduras and who ahead of last year’s presidential election starred in a series of bilingual ads released by the Democratic National Committee urging Hispanics to vote early, told “The View’s” Joy Behar.

The politically active “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” star called Harris’s words “a disappointment,” ripping them as both “incredibly ineffective” and “cruel.”

Biden and Harris, Ferrera said, “promised compassion, they promised humanity. They promised that we were going to bring humanity back into our country’s governance and including in our immigration policy. And that was not humanity, that was not compassion. It was more of the same that we’ve been hearing for decades.”

Ferrera, who campaigned for Biden during the 2020 White House race, said as one of his and Harris’s celebrity endorsers, “It’s a slap in the face for all of the immigrant advocates who believed what they promised, which was change and compassion.”

“I was never under the impression that we were electing perfect people. I think that it is our role and our job to elect people and then to hold them accountable,” Ferrera, 37, said. “And [Harris] should be held accountable to these comments because they’re harmful and they perpetuate a very harmful perspective that really does make immigrants in this country less safe.”

“They know better,” she added, “and they should do better.”

Tags America Ferrera Harris trip Immigration immigration policy Joe Biden Joy Behar The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

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