Vice President Kamala Harris is quickly proving to be one of the most hypocritical politicians in United States history. Back when she was a Senator, Harris unleashed on the Trump Administration for using COVID-19 as a reason for closing the southern border. Now, she is doing the exact same thing.
We are just a few months into Harris’ Vice Presidency and the former Senator is proving to be a total hypocrite considering she is using the same excuse for closing down the southern border.
Politico first reported on the hypocrisy.
“Months before the election, then-Senator Kamala Harris signed on to a letter with fellow Democrats accusing the Trump administration of violating federal law when it took the drastic step of citing the pandemic to close down the Mexican border,” Politico reported on Wednesday. “Now, after being sworn in as vice president, Harris backs the Biden administration’s decision to keep the border closed under that very same provision, according to two people familiar with her thinking.”
On Tuesday, the Biden administration announced that that the border would continue to be closed until May 21, 2021 and possibly be closed into the summer if COVID-19 cases remain high in Mexico.
“The restrictions, which have been in effect since March 21, 2020, specifically prohibit all ‘non-essential’ travel at these land ports of entry to prevent the spread of COVID-19. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) defines ‘non-essential’ travel as travel for ‘tourism purposes (e.g., sightseeing, recreation, gambling, or attending cultural events),” reported the National Law Review. “’Essential’ travel includes, among other categories, U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents returning to the United States, individuals traveling for medical purposes, and individuals traveling to work in the United States.”
Check out what the Daily Wire reported:
The measure also blocks non-citizens from entering the United States “when doing so is required in the interest of public health.” More controversially, the provision allows the United States government to turn away or “expel” individuals who present themselves at the border seeking asylum without assessing their case under the excuse that such asylum seekers may carry COVID-19.
Immigrant activists — and, notably, Harris herself — blasted the “Title 42” policy under Trump, and claimed, per Vox, “that it prevents migrants from exercising their right under US and international law to seek asylum.”
The letter Harris signed was particularly pointed, accusing the Trump administration, at the time, of enacting a “startling expansion of executive powers” designed to limit those seeking “humanitarian protection” from seeking asylum, and suggesting that the Trump administration was causing a public health crisis by arbitrarily enforcing its interpretation of an outdated statute.
Harris’ former colleagues in the Democratic caucus have called on the Biden administration to take immediate action on the issue, according to Politico.
‘More than 60 House Democrats are urging President Joe Biden to end the policy, saying it has no legal basis. Dozens of public health experts say it has ‘no scientific basis as a public health measure.’ Immigration advocates have filed legal challenges as well,” the outlet said.
A Biden administration official gave no further details on how Harris feels about Title 42 now and suggested that the Department of Health and Human Services is handling the administrative paperwork.
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