Wednesday, August 12, 2020
Kamala Harris, the VP candidate for the Democratic party, is the child of immigrants. Both of her parents came to the United States to pursue education at the University of California, Berkeley. (Go Bears!) Her mother, Shyamala Gopalan, came from India. Her father, Donald Harris, came from Jamaica.
Harris is not the first child of immigrants to run for high office--Barack Obama's father came to the United States from Kenya to study as well.
She is, however, the first woman of color, first African-American, and first South Asian to be chosen as the VP candidate by a major party.
I look forward to seeing how her immigrant roots shape her candidacy and her views on immigration.