Fact Check: Kamala Harris Did NOT Deport Reporter Who Ambushed Her With Tough Question At The Border

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  • by: Alan Duke
Fact Check: Kamala Harris Did NOT Deport Reporter Who Ambushed Her With Tough Question At The Border No Deportation

Did Vice President Kamala Harris order the deportation of a reporter who asked her a tough question during a visit to the U.S.-Mexico border? No, that's not true: The reporter, identified in the video making the claim as FOX News White House correspondent Peter Doocy, is an American citizen born in Washington, D.C., and he cannot be deported from the United States by order of a vice president or president. He continued to work at his Washington-based job in the wake of his border questioning of Harris.

The claim appeared in a post (archived here) published by Benny Johnson on June 27, 2021 under the title:

Kamala Deports Reporter Who Dares Ambush Her With Tough Question a the Border

This is what the post looked like on Facebook at the time of writing:

Facebook screenshot

(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Sun Jun 27 22:49:51 2021 UTC)

The false claim in the title and description may have been intended as click bait to lure Facebook users into clicking on the video. Johnson does not himself say in the video that Harris deported the reporter. Instead, Johnson offers his opinion about the vice president's visit to the border and her response to Doocy's question.

As evidence that Doocy was not detained and deported after his encounter with Harris, we offer this live report from Doocy later that day. The video also provides context to what he was asking Harris and her response:

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  Alan Duke

Editor-in-Chief Alan Duke co-founded Lead Stories after ending a 26-year career with CNN, where he mainly covered entertainment, current affairs and politics. Duke closely covered domestic terrorism cases for CNN, including the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the UNABOMBER and search for Southeast bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. CNN moved Duke to Los Angeles in 2009 to cover the entertainment beat. Duke also co-hosted a daily podcast with former HLN host Nancy Grace, "Crime Stories with Nancy Grace" and hosted the podcast series "Stan Lee's World: His Real Life Battle with Heroes & Villains." You'll also see Duke in many news documentaries, including on the Reelz channel, CNN and HLN.

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