EDITOR’S NOTE: UPDATE – It was learned a few days after this article was published that a New York Post reporter had falsely claimed that the book by Vice President Kamala Harris was being handed out to children at a California migrant shelter. Laura Italiano resigned from the newspaper, claiming she was “ordered” to write “an incorrect story” as it was found that only a single copy of the book had been donated. BizPac Review is adding the correction to the initial story and reactions.
Vice President Kamala Harris has yet to visit the border amid the burgeoning crisis there. But her children’s book will be given to unaccompanied minors as they are housed in shelters after illegally crossing the U.S. border.
Illegal immigrant children who are being staged in a new shelter located in Long Beach, CA will reportedly receive a copy of Harris’ 2019 children’s book, “Superheroes are Everywhere” in their welcome packages, according to the New York Post. The PR move is ostensibly meant to normalize the situation and paint the Biden administration as caring for these unaccompanied minors. Thousands of children are still being packed into facilities for prolonged periods of time.
“Whenever there’s trouble, superheroes show up just in time,” Harris says in her book.
In March, border czar Roberta Jacobson admitted that the administration’s messaging to illegal immigrants has been inconsistent and has contributed to the surge across the border.
Harris visited a bookstore in New Hampshire on Friday and gave a speech on workforce training initiatives. She refused to take any questions from the press while she was there. Harris reportedly did not address the border crisis.
(Video Credit: Fox News)
It has been more than 30 days since Harris was tapped by President Biden to lead the response concerning the crisis but she has yet to visit the border or even hold a press conference on the issue. The administration now claims that she will address the “root causes” that are causing illegal immigrants and unaccompanied minors to come into the country, but not the actual surge itself.
In New Hampshire, Harris promoted Biden’s $2 trillion infrastructure proposal. She was assailed by protesters who demanded she visit the U.S.-Mexico border instead. It is her first trip there since 2019 when she was a presidential candidate. The New Hampshire Republican Party nailed Harris for visiting the #wrongborder.
“Welcome to the #WrongBorder, [Vice President Kamala Harris]!” the New Hampshire GOP tweeted. “As you travel over 2,300 miles away from El Paso, our country would be better served with an official visit to our southern border, not a campaign trip for [Maggie Hassan].”
Welcome to the #WrongBorder, @VP @KamalaHarris! As you travel over 2,300 miles away from El Paso, our country would be better served with an official visit to our southern border, not a campaign trip for @Maggie_Hassan. #BidenBorderCrisis #NHPolitics https://t.co/ZzNOVHegCD
— NHGOP (@NHGOP) April 23, 2021
New Hampshire GOP Chairman Stephen Stepanek blasted Harris in a statement to Fox News, noting that the Vice President told her 2020 presidential supporters that she was “committed to fixing” the border situation.
“Vice President Kamala Harris would serve our nation better by tackling the crisis at our southern border instead of campaigning with Maggie Hassan near our northern border. Harris last visited our Granite State in 2019, telling supporters that she was committed to fixing the ‘inhumane’ activities towards our country’s southern border,” declared Stepanek.
“Now Harris returns almost two years later, but how will she answer to these same individuals, while blatantly ignoring the crisis she’s been specifically charged to handle? Granite Stater’s don’t want another photo-op, they want strong leadership and accountability,” he continued.
“Her event in Plymouth is about 100 miles away from our northern border and a staggering 2,355 miles from the worsening crisis in El Paso, Texas,” Stepanek concluded.
Pool reporter David Martosko noted that Harris kept the press at arm’s length to avoid questions.
“My day of pool reporting on @VP is completed, and the pool got no questions answered all day,” Martosko wrote via Twitter and then listed the questions he would have asked her.
1. When will you visit the southern border, and why haven't you gone yet? It's been more than 4 weeks since the president tasked you with "stemming the migration" flooding in there. (2/6)
— David Martosko (@dmartosko) April 23, 2021
Republican lawmakers have heavily criticized Harris for not traveling to the U.S./Mexico border during the ongoing surge. The Biden administration’s elimination of the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) is seen as one of the causes of the surge, as well as preventing illegal immigration enforcement from taking place.
On Monday, the top Republicans on three House committees sent a letter asking Harris for a meeting to discuss migration. They wrote that “it is unclear what, if any actions you have directed or plan to initiate to respond to the crisis that continues to worsen each day.”
The letter contends that “it appears that the Biden-Harris Administration refuses to take meaningful action to stop the influx of illegal aliens to the border, and is instead releasing thousands into the interior.”
Harris called the border issue “complex.” At a roundtable Thursday concerning the Northern Triangle, she claimed the underlying issue was “addressing the acute and root causes of migration away from that region, the reasons people flee.” The Northern Triangle encompasses the Central American countries of Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras. Harris is evidently focusing on diplomacy rather than taking a hands-on approach to the border.
The vice president stated during the session that “most people don’t want to leave home” and then listed factors she claims are forcing people to flee those countries.
“We are looking at extensive storm damage because of extreme climate, we’re looking at drought in an area in a region where agriculture is one of the most traditionally important basis for their economy, we’re looking at what’s happening in terms of food scarcity as a result of that and in fact, incredible food insecurity, which we used to call hunger food insecurity,” she remarked.
“And we are looking at, therefore, a number of issues that also relate to poverty, extreme poverty. And also there’s violence obviously coming out of those regions,” Harris explained. “When you look at the root causes, we’re also looking at issues of corruption. Again, we’re looking at the issue of climate resiliency and then the concern about a lack of economic opportunity.”
Vice President Harris is scheduled to meet virtually with Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei next Monday and will reportedly visit the country in the coming months.
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