Same energy as when I invited my friends over but realize I don't want to clean the house
I guess we're supposed to celebrate having a daughter of immigrants travel abroad to tell potential migrants to go fuck themselves in their own country, instead of a grandson of immigrants saying it from the White House.
That there's a functional legal process to immigrate to the US is a lie Americans tell themselves, but for Harris to go to Guatemala and lie like that is an insult. Guatemalans aren't even eligible for immigrant visas in 2022 because more than 50,000 came over the last 5 years. Image
The only effective way to immigrate to the US is to show up and then hope you eventually find a way to upgrade to legal status (ask me how I know!). There is no meaningful legal pathway. Everyone understands this basic truth, but our politicians are too craven to discuss it.
Harris, who is un-fireable, lacks a spirit of fun. She should have called out in Spanish "OUR BORDERS ARE OPEN AND IT'S OPEN SEASON ON AMERICAN JOBS." Ask everyone to move to Wyoming and Idaho, and naturalize them on arrival.

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