What you really need to know about Kamala Harris

Here are 10 issues you most likely didn’t know about California Sen. Kamala Harris, a probable Democratic presidential contender:

1) As a district legal professional and ­legal professional common, Harris pushed for a brand new statewide regulation that lets prosecutors cost mother and father with misdemeanors if their kids are chronically truant. “We are putting parents on notice,” she declared. “If you fail in your ­responsibility to your kids, we are going to work to make sure you face the full force and consequences of the law.”

2) Harris additionally has been a powerful advocate of civil asset forfeiture. She supported a invoice in California that might have allowed prosecutors to seize belongings earlier than initiating felony proceedings — an influence now out there solely on the federal degree — if there was a “substantial probability” they might ultimately provoke such proceedings.

3) In 2012, she submitted a quick supporting an unlawful immigrant’s software for a regulation license. In 2014, the California ­Supreme Court dominated within the immigrant’s favor, regardless that the California State Bar’s guidelines think about committing a felony act to be disqualifying.

4) In her first speech on the Senate flooring, Harris declared, “An undocumented immigrant is not a criminal.” She later avowed the assumption that unlawful immigration is “a civil violation, not a crime.” But getting into the nation illegally has felony penalties, and reentry with out permission after deportation is against the law — as is, typically, working within the US with out authorized residency, because it nearly all the time entails some falsification of paperwork or mendacity on work kinds.

5) In April 2018, Harris urged the Senate Appropriations Committee to “reduce funding for beds in the federal immigration system,” reject calls to rent extra Border Patrol personnel and ­“reduce funding for the administration’s reckless immigration enforcement operations.”

6) In 2010, a California Superior Court choose declared that as San Francisco district legal professional, Harris had violated defendants’ rights by hiding damaging info about a police drug-lab technician and was detached to calls for that the lab account for its failings. The crime lab technician had been convicted of misdemeanor home violence in 2008; district attorneys are obligated to hand over to the protection info about prosecution witnesses that might be used to problem their credibility. Prosecutors’ failure to disclose the data about the technician led to the dismissal of greater than 600 drug circumstances.

7) In 2004, San Francisco Police Officer Isaac Espinoza was shot and killed by David Hill, a younger gang member with an AK-47. Hill additionally shot one other officer within the leg. Days after Hill’s arrest, then-District Attorney Harris introduced that her workplace wouldn’t search the dying penalty. This prompted Sen. Dianne Feinstein to declare that, if she had recognized Harris was towards the dying penalty, she most likely wouldn’t have endorsed her for DA within the first place.

8) Starting in 1993, Harris ­started relationship Willie Brown, then the speaker of the California ­Assembly and later a candidate for mayor of San Francisco — a relationship that introduced her involved with most of the metropolis’s political and monetary movers and shakers. Early in 1994, Brown named her as his appointee to the state’s Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board, a job that paid $97,088 a 12 months. Six months later, he named her to the California Medical Assistance Commission, a submit that paid $72,000 a 12 months.

Into 1994, press accounts ­described Harris as Brown’s girlfriend. He was nonetheless married, and in his early 60s; she had turned 30. Once he was elected mayor in 1995, he broke up with Harris, and his spouse appeared with him at his swearing-in. Asked by a reporter about what it was like to dwell with the longer term mayor, Brown’s spouse responded: “Difficult.”

9) In 2009 and 2010, Harris contributed to the liberal weblog Daily Kos, the place she characterised the opposition to Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor as “bigotry and narrow-mindedness,” warned that Texas oil corporations had been “invading” California by funding efforts to repeal an initiative requiring reductions in greenhouse gasoline emissions and opposed Arizona’s since-struck-down immigration regulation, declaring that we “can’t afford to divert scarce local law-enforcement ­resources to enforcing federal immigration laws.”

10) In April, Harris made an look on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” the place the hostess requested, “If you had to be stuck in an elevator with either President Trump, Mike Pence or Jeff Sessions, who would it be?” Harris replied: “Does one of us have to come out alive?”

Jim Geraghty is senior political correspondent at National Review, from which this text was tailored.

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