Kamala Harris: Immigration raids will distort 2020 census

Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris decried recent immigration raids as part of the Trump administration’s “campaign of terror” that will distort the upcoming 2020 census.

“This administration has directed DHS to conduct these raids as part of what I believe is this administration’s campaign of terror, which is to make whole — whole populations of people afraid to go to work,” the Californian told NBC’s Chuck Todd.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement raided seven Mississippi food-processing plants last week, arresting 680 workers in the agency’s largest raid in a decade.

Harris, a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, described children and parents who are afraid ahead of the 2020 census in an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that aired Sunday.

“We do this census every 10 years in America,” she said. “We make decisions about everything from electoral lines to where we’re going to put resources.“

Harris added that there are multigenerational households that include both documented and undocumented people throughout the United States.

“When that census-taker comes knocking at that door, they’re not going to answer the door,” she said. “And I know this administration knows that.”

President Donald Trump on Friday defended the raids in Mississippi, calling them “a very good deterrent.”

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