Harris Meets with Immigrants in LA, Vowing to Protect Rights

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Senator-elect Kamala Harris has met with immigrant leaders in Los Angeles, telling them she will fight to preserve protections advocates fear could be dismantled once Donald Trump becomes president.

Speaking Thursday afternoon, Harris said she has already begun communicating with colleagues in Congress about what can be done to protect initiatives like President Barack Obama’s executive action to give legal status to undocumented children.

The current attorney general described the days after the nation’s presidential election as “a moment in time to rededicate ourselves.”

Advocates at the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles chanted “No papers, no fear,” and vowed not to be intimidated in pressing for immigrant rights.

Harris was elected Tuesday to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer.