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Kamala Harris’ New Comms Director Sorry for ‘Bad Tweets’ About Immigrants

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Vice President Kamala Harris’ incoming communications director Jamal Simmons hadn’t even made it to his first day on the job yet when he was forced to apologize Friday for tweets he posted in November 2010 about siccing Immigration and Customs Enforcement on “undocumented folks.”

The newly resurfaced tweets sparked immediate backlash from some progressives—criticism that only intensified when former Trump adviser Stephen Miller, notorious as the architect of the Trump administration’s harshest immigration policies, chimed in on Twitter to say he agreed with Simmons’ 2010 tweet and “there must be deportation” for those who “break into our nation.”

President Joe Biden has put Harris in charge of managing the crushing surge in migrants at the border, and many reacted to Simmons’ years-old tweets by questioning whether he’s the right person to be the face of that effort. His appointment was announced Thursday.

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