Jun 10, 2021
White House, Left Complains About VP Harris Trip to Latin America
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White House staffers gave the thumbs-down to the claimed success of Vice President Kamala Harris’ visit to Latin America this week, CNN reported.
The Democrat-allied CNN learned from unnamed sources the White House is concerned her lackluster response during an NBC News interview that aired Tuesday as to if she will visit the border will overshadow her trip and render it unsuccessful.
The network reported Tuesday:
Vice President Kamala Harris endured a rocky first foreign trip since taking office, with sources telling CNN her two-day swing through Mexico and Guatemala left some administration officials quietly perplexed about what they perceive as her bumpy answers to questions about whether she will go to the US-Mexico border.
Several sources say there was a real hope inside the White House that Harris’ first trip abroad would be a success, and worry that what looked like ill-prepared answers to that inevitable question would overshadow it.
Harris has resisted a bipartisan push to visit the border even after President Joe Biden tasked her with leading the White House response to the crisis at the U.S.-Mexico line and address the “root causes” fueling the record surge of migrants predominantly from the Central American Northern Triangle countries of Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras.
“At some point, you know, we are going to the border. We’ve been to the border [in the past],” Harris told NBC’s Lester Holt.
“You haven’t been to the border,” Holt retorted, prompting Harris to say with a laugh, “And I haven’t been to Europe. And I mean, I don’t understand the point that you’re making … I’m not discounting the importance of the border.”
The VP and her team are keeping a distance from the border crisis because they believe it could be politically damaging to Harris’s ambition to become president one day, CNN reported earlier this month, citing anonymous administration officials and experts who say addressing the migration drivers will require dealing with the situation at the border.
VP Harris insists that managing the southern border is not part of the Biden-assigned mission.
“Do I declare this trip a success? Yes, I do. It is success in terms of a pathway that is about progress. We have been successful in making progress,” the VP asserted, while briefing reporters in Mexico Tuesday.
“I care about this and I care about what’s happening at the border. I’m in Guatemala because my focus is dealing with the root causes of migration,” she said while in Guatemala.
Harris and her team claim Biden mischaracterized her mission as one having to do with the border crisis, CNN added earlier this month.
Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary, appeared to support that notion, telling reporters Tuesday, “What her focus has been, what the assignment is specifically, is to work with leaders in the Northern Triangle. She’s on a trip doing exactly that, exactly what the President asked her to do.”
That is a change from what Biden said Harris’ mission was in March.
In addition to charging Harris with addressing the “root causes” of migration from Central America, “I’ve asked her … to lead our efforts with Mexico and the Northern Triangle … [in] stemming the migration to our southern border,” the president said on March 24.
Once back in the U.S. from Mexico and Guatemala Wednesday, marking her first international trip as VP, Harris also caught flak from Republicans and leading progressives in her own Democrat party, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported Wednesday.
GOP lawmakers accused the VP of not taking seriously the surge of predominantly Central American migrants from the Northern Triangle countries, including many unescorted children and families.
Meanwhile, leading progressive Democrat voices in Congress also blasted Harris for urging migrants seeking to make the dangerous trip to the United States not to come because they “will be turned back,” during a press conference in Guatemala.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez (AOC) condemned Harris’ warnings as “disappointing,” adding on Twitter:
First, seeking asylum at any US border is a 100% legal method of arrival. Second, the US spent decades contributing to regime change and destabilization in Latin America. We can’t help set someone’s house on fire and then blame them for fleeing.
This is disappointing to see.
First, seeking asylum at any US border is a 100% legal method of arrival.
Second, the US spent decades contributing to regime change and destabilization in Latin America. We can’t help set someone’s house on fire and then blame them for fleeing. https://t.co/vADyh5H0bw
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) June 7, 2021
“This whole ‘stay there and die’ approach is not how our country will promote a more humane and just immigration system,” Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), an AOC ally, added via Twitter.
This whole "stay there and die" approach is not how our country will promote a more humane and just immigration system. https://t.co/fKW7Lb2Xty
— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) June 8, 2021
The Biden administration does allow some illegal migrants and asylum-seekers into U.S. communities, releasing many of them without court dates despite keeping in place Trump-era pandemic control protocols (Title 42) that allow for the quick removal of any migrant.
“Everything Joe and Kamala have done has sent exactly the opposite message” from Harris’ “do not come” remark, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) told Fox News on Tuesday.
The VP’s campaign to address the “root causes” of illegal immigration won’t solve our current crisis. We can’t eradicate poverty and crime here at home, let alone across all of Latin America. Our free enterprise system will always lure people in search of better opportunities.
— Senator Mitt Romney (@SenatorRomney) June 8, 2021
Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) noted via Twitter, “The VP’s campaign to address the ‘root causes’ of illegal immigration won’t solve our current crisis. We can’t eradicate poverty and crime here at home, let alone across all of Latin America. Our free enterprise system will always lure people in search of better opportunities.”
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Critically speaking, that makes sense!
Critical race theory is perhaps the most talked about issue in school board meetings and state legislatures in America today. What is it you ask? That’s a good question. Dr. Owen Strachan joined Tony Perkins recently on Washington Watch where he shared… “It’s a contentious, unjust construct that weaponizes our past and accuses every person of holding secret prejudices. “That’s a big claim,” he points out, with even bigger ramifications. “Your average person in America, including a so-called white person, is not a white supremacist. This system is not uniting us. Tragically, it’s dividing us.” And unfortunately for America, the proponents of this theory are taking it everywhere — to college campuses, the federal workforce, even pulpits.”
Senator Tom Cotton shared recently that a United States military unit was forced to read “White Fragility,” a popular critical race theory manifesto which insists certain people are inherently and unavoidably evil (racist) because of their skin color (white)… By defining ethnic groups as “oppressor” or “oppressed” and ranking them by their collective “privilege,” critical race theory divides people based on their parentage, not personal merit.
I submit first of all that critical race theory is morally inaccurate. Ben Carson, secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development from 2017 to 2021 and founder of the American Cornerstone Institute shared, “As we continue to be bombarded by racially charged narratives, there has been a subtle shift in the conversation: Its focus has moved from equality to equity. That is, instead of pursuing the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s ideal of judging people by the content of their character rather than the color of their skin, equity would reward and punish people because of the color of their skin. Rather than equality of opportunity, equity would mandate equality of outcome… Instead of treating people only as representatives of larger groups, let’s get back to treating people as individuals. Instead of tearing down institutions, let’s work together to make them better. Together we must strive for a more perfect union in which people are judged by the content of their character, not the color of their skin.”
It was last year that my friend Ken Blackwell, Senior Fellow for Human Rights and Constitutional Governance at Family Research Council said that critical race theory (CRT) is based on flawed and destructive assumptions. Its actual purpose is the complete opposite of its stated intent. Its leftist creators in academia and media claim it encourages racial understanding. The truth is that its cynical methodology further divides us when racial understanding and acceptance is key to our survival as the freest nation on Earth.”
Critical race theory is also filled with historical inaccuracies. The 1619 Project is a New York Times effort aimed at reshaping the history of America. Its primary goal appears to be the tarnishing and tainting our Godly heritage even more so than what a lot of academics and a lot of textbooks already do. This was facilitated using… A People’s History of the United States, by author Howard Zinn and is sadly making inroads into classrooms throughout the country. It is another voice perpetuating the myth that America is evil, that it was born with evil principles and that the things that presumably you would celebrate in America shouldn’t be celebrated.
Tom Tancredo said recently, “The abandonment of America’s unique character begins with the loss of historical memory, which is why the subversive rewriting of American history has been the first priority of leftist ideologues for over a hundred years. The College Board’s revisions in the syllabus for teaching Advanced Placement American History is only the latest chapter in a story that began with the progressive historians of the early 20th Century” As Victor David Hanson said, “Destroying history will not make you feel good about the present… Learning from it might.”
It was President Donald Trump who created the President’s Advisory 1776 Commission to “enable a rising generation to understand the history and principles of the founding of the United States in 1776 and to strive to form a more perfect Union.” This requires a restoration of American education, which can only be grounded on a history of those principles that is “accurate, honest, unifying, inspiring, and ennobling.” And a rediscovery of our shared identity rooted in our founding principles is the path to a renewed American unity and a confident American future.
A critical look at America’s Godly founding reveals that we are endowed by our creator with certain rights… not because of the group we come from, but because God created us individually with these rights. Benjamin Rush, who signed The Declaration of Independence and ratified the Constitution gives us a glimpse into the worldview our founding fathers were guided by. “The only means of establishing and perpetuating our republican forms of government is the universal education of our youth in the principles of Christianity by means of the Bible. The great enemy of the salvation of man, in my opinion, never invented a more effective means of limiting Christianity from the world than by persuading mankind that it was improper to read the Bible at schools.” Critically speaking, that makes sense!