WASHINGTON — Kamala Harris has unveiled an ambitious set of policies as part of her presidential campaign that have a common theme: going it alone.

The California senator is proposing action on long-held Democratic values — legalizing undocumented immigrants, combatting gun violence and ensuring women are paid the same as men for equal work.

But unlike many of her competitors, Harris would tackle those priorities with a novel set of executive actions that would require nothing from Congress.

The approach reflects a growing disillusionment with Washington’s ability to legislate, a realism about Democrats’ electoral prospects, and an appetite for action among voters.


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