California Attorney General Kamala Harris (D), who’s running to succeed outgoing Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), has been tapped by the Obama administration to serve as a messenger for how President Barack Obama’s immigration executive actions help the state’s economy.
The White House announced Harris would take that role on Monday, according to The San Francisco Chronicle.
Harris said Obama’s actions that expands the amount of undocumented immigrants who won’t be deported immediately will improve the California economy “by anywhere from $11.7 billion to $27.5 billion” in the next ten years. Harris also described herself as a “daughter of immigrants” during the press conference announcing the attorney general’s role.
The White House has not endorsed Harris or anyone else in the California Senate race but finding a way to associate with Harris while also touting an issue that helps her with a key constituency underscores various overt and more subtle levels of support Harris has been getting from major players in the Democratic Party.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) has already endorsed Harris and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) has also expressed support for Harris’s candidacy.