Kamala Harris’ controversial new communications director apologizes for immigration tweets

Vice President Kamala Harris’ new communications director launched into damage control, apologizing over old tweets about illegal immigration that resurfaced this week.

Jamal Simmons, who joined the vice president’s staff this week following the exit of a few members of the Harris team, issued a statement and took to social media to put out fires ignited when some of his past controversial tweets resurfaced.

In a tweet from November 2010, Simmons had written: “Just saw 2 undocumented folks talking on MSNBC. One Law student the other a protester. Can someone explain why ICE is not picking them up?”

The veteran Democratic aide felt the heat once the tweet and others surfaced and quickly went into damage control on Friday, though many on the left were not buying it.

“As a pundit for much of my career I have tweeted a lot and spoken out on public issues. Sometimes I have been sarcastic, unclear, or just plainly missed the mark,” Simmons said in a statement.

“I sincerely apologize for offending those who care as much as I do about making America the best, multi-ethnic, diverse democracy it can be. I know the role I am taking on is to represent the Biden-Harris administration, and I will do so with humility, sincerity and respect,” he added.

He reiterated his apology on his own Twitter account.

At the time, Simmons had held his ground and tweeted on the issue again.

“I’ll try this again,” read another tweet posted after the 2010 comment. “Just saw 2 undocumented folks talking on MSNBC and have a serious legal question. Why wouldn’t ICE pick them up?”

“We shld harden borders & ease visas/find ways to bring undocumented into legal status/punish employers. My was common sense one,” Simmons wrote.

As Simmons stepped into his new role with Harris, many on the left thought his old comments were enough to be “disqualifying” for the job, as noted by Washington State Democratic congressional candidate Stephanie Gallardo.

Former Trump senior adviser Stephen Miller had a different take, tweeting: “I agree with @JamalSimmons. If you break into our nation there must be deportation.”

Simmons, who once suggested President Biden was “dazed and confused” and had been critical of Harris in the past, continued his clean-up on social media.

Frieda Powers


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