Tuesday, March 30, 2021

VP Kamala Harris Dodges Anti-Migration Task Set by Joe Biden; Harris 'is not doing the border,' top aide says; Biden says Kamala Harris ‘speaks for me’

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VP Kamala Harris Dodges Anti-Migration Task Set by Joe Biden:
Vice President Kamala Harris is dodging a Wednesday request by President Joe Biden to bolster the enforcement of migration laws in Mexico and Latin American countries.
On March 24, in a televised statement, Biden directed Harris to get the Mexican and Central American governments to forcibly block poor migrants moving towards the United States. Biden said: “The Vice President … agreed to lead our diplomatic effort and work with those nations to accept returnees and enhance migration enforcement at their borders — at their borders.” [emphasis added]
Biden said that Harris would work with “the countries that need help in stemming the movement of so many folks, stemming the migration to our southern border,” and added that it was a “tough job.”
On Friday, Symone Sanders, Harris’s press secretary, redefined the request.
“The president asked the vice president to take on the diplomatic effort, with Mexico and countries in the northern triangle to address the root causes of migration,” she said. “There are many reasons that move these folks to make this dangerous journey.” --->READ MORE HERE
Kamala Harris 'is not doing the border,' top aide says:
A top aide to Vice President Kamala Harris tempered a White House announcement this week that she would oversee efforts to stem the flow of migrants at the southern border, a politically fraught task amid the growing crisis.
“The vice president is not doing the border,” Harris's senior adviser and chief spokeswoman Symone Sanders told reporters on Friday, adding that the vice president is strictly dealing with the root causes of migration.
Sanders said the task would entail outreach to leaders in Mexico and the so-called "Northern Triangle" countries of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, calling it a "challenging situation."
"It's diplomatic work that needs to be done, and Vice President Harris is looking forward to doing it," she said. --->READ MORE HERE
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Joe Biden says Kamala Harris ‘speaks for me’:
President Biden said Wednesday that Vice President Kamala Harris “speaks for me” as he appointed her to lead a diplomatic effort to slow the migrant surge at the US-Mexico border.
“I think the best thing to do is put someone who, when he or she speaks, they don’t have to wonder about, ‘Is that where the president is?’ When she speaks, she speaks for me, doesn’t have to check with me. She knows what she’s doing,” Biden said at a White House event.
Biden, 78, this month accidentally referred to Harris as “President Harris” — repeating a gaffe he made once before.
Former President Donald Trump last week claimed “there’s something going on” with Biden and that “you wonder whether or not all of the things that he’s signing, whether or not he understands what he’s signing.” --->READ MORE HERE

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