Sen. Kamala Harris visits immigration facility in Otay Mesa

Posted at 8:45 AM, Jun 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-22 15:27:50-04

(KGTV) - Democratic U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris was in San Diego County Friday to visit an immigration facility in Otay Mesa.

As part of her tour of the Otay Mesa Immigration and Detention Facility, Harris met with migrant mothers who have been separated from their children, according to officials with her office.

Harris has been outspoken in her support for immigration reform that offers protection for women and children’s rights.

After President Trump signed an executive order Wednesday that stops the separation of families at the border, Harris tweeted: “Trump's executive order does not fix this crisis. It gives no solution for the thousands of children who have been torn away from their families and remain separated.”

She followed up with this tweet Thursday morning: “This morning thousands of children woke up without their parents, not knowing where they were, not knowing when they would see them again. The Executive Order yesterday doesn’t change that. They must be reunited immediately.”

After the tour, Harris and the ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties held a rally outside the detention facility. The event kicks off a weekend of regional demonstrations.

Harris, a member of the Judiciary Committee and Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, has also called for the resignation of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, who in recent weeks has become the face of Trump administration immigrant detention policies.