By Sam Bojarski

Kamala Harris may have spent much of her formative years with her Indian-American mother.

Kamala Harris (center) poses with Jamaican leaders in Miami. (Courtesy of Commissioner Winston Barnes)

Yet, her roots to the Caribbean run deep — both personally and through policy positions that affect immigrants from the region.

The Democratic vice presidential nominee’s father, who is a Jamaica native, exposed Harris and her younger sister to Caribbean life and culture when the girls were very young, according to published reports. Harris’s recent political record as a California Senator and presidential candidate shows strong support for issues that impact Caribbean Americans, such as immigration reform. 

 

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Sam is a reporter for The Haitian Times and a 2020 Report for America fellow. He has covered Haiti and its diaspora since 2018. His work has also appeared in USA Today, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and...