January 03, 2017

Senator Kamala D. Harris Takes Oath of Office, Vows To Protect California Communities & Fight For The Ideals Of Our Nation

Swearing in

In One of First Actions As California's Senator, Harris Will Join Fight To Protect DREAM Act Immigrants

Harris Makes History As Second Black Woman, First American of Indian Descent to Serve in Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Kamala D. Harris was sworn in as California's 45th Senator, making history as the second black woman and first American of Indian descent to serve in the body. In one of her first actions as a Senator, she will cosponsor a bipartisan bill that would protect young DREAM Act immigrants from being targeted for deportation by the incoming administration.

"It is a great honor to serve the people of California in the Senate, and I look forward to the work ahead." said Harris. "There is no doubt that our country is at an inflection point in our history, one where we are challenged to stand up for the ideals of our nation. My message to those who are uncertain about the future is this: I intend to fight for our state and all our families. I've got your back."

VIDEO: Watch Kamala Harris take the oath of office on the Senate floor (via LA Times)

In one of her first actions as California's United States Senator, Harris intends to cosponsor a bipartisan bill that protects DREAMers -- undocumented Americans who were raised in this country -- from deportation action by the incoming administration. Harris has a long record advocating for California's immigrant communities and immigration reform as a prosecutor, cracking down on criminals and scammers who target undocumented immigrants and making it safer for undocumented residents to report crimes. In the Senate, Harris will continue to fight to protect California immigrants regardless of their legal status.