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Biden border czar Kamala Harris supported citizenship for children brought to U.S. illegally, deportation protection for their parents, taxpayer-funded health coverage for illegal immigrants.

Vice President Kamala Harris, recently tasked by President Joe Biden with handling the migration surge at the U.S.-Mexico border, has a record on immigration that includes opposing additional physical barriers on the border, advocating closure of detention centers that house migrants, sympathetically citing perceived parallels between ICE and the Ku Klux Klan, and offering a path to citizenship for all illegal immigrants living the country.

As a presidential candidate, Harris also supported decriminalizing illegally crossing the border by making it only a civil offense. Harris defended her position of making border crossings a civil penalty rather than a crime during an appearance on “The View” as a presidential candidate. 

“It should be a civil enforcement issue, but not a criminal enforcement issue,” she said.

Harris also supported providing healthcare coverage for illegal immigrants in the U.S..

Critics of these policy positions say they serve as pull factors for individuals to enter the U.S. illegally. 

In 2018, Harris, a California Democrat, co-sponsored the DONE Act, which would prohibit federal funds from building or expanding immigration detention facilities and instead utilize “community-based” solutions. 

During the 2020 presidential campaign, Harris advocated closing immigrant detention centers that house migrants who cross the border but did not specify what system she wanted to install in place of them.

While serving in the Senate starting in 2017, Harris supported legal status for children who were brought to the U.S. by their parents illegally and advocated protecting their parents from deportation.

Harris also supported comprehensive immigration reform that would offer a path to citizenship for the approximately 12 million illegal immigrants living in the U.S.

Currently, about 450 miles of the 2,000-mile southern border contains some kind of physical barrier. Former President Donald Trump supported constructing additional border wall along open stretches of the U.S.-Mexico border. Harris referred to Trump’s border wall

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 plans as a “vanity project.”

“Let’s get this straight: Billions of dollars for a border wall is a waste of money,” she tweeted. “American taxpayers shouldn’t foot the bill for the President’s vanity project. We simply don’t need it.”

Harris did not support abolishing ICE but said the federal government should start over from “scratch” when it comes to the role of that particular agency.

“I think there’s no question that we’ve got to critically reexamine ICE and its role and the way that it is being administered and the work it is doing,” Harris said in 2018. “And we need to probably think about starting from scratch.”

In 2018, Harris, a former member of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, highlighted perceived parallels between ICE and the KKK during her questioning of Ronald Vitiello, Trump’s nominee to lead ICE, at a Senate confirmation hearing.

As attorney general in California, Harris supported a policy that reported illegal immigrants arrested as juveniles to ICE. Her presidential campaign said in a statement that the policy could have been implemented “more fairly.” 

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Sen. Blackburn asks Biden admin why U.S. spending $284K per migrant family to keep them in hotels

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“The cost to taxpayers for housing 1,200 migrant families for six months is about $71,000 per person,” the Tennessee senator says.

Sen. Marsha Blackburn has done the math.

The Tennessee Republican’s interest was piqued after the Biden administration announced its intention to spend nearly $87 million to house 1,200 foreigners who illegally cross the border in hotel rooms in the U.S.

“As the current contract stands, the cost to taxpayers for housing 1,200 migrant families for six months is about $71,000 per person,” Blackburn wrote in a letter Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and Immigration and Customs Enforcement acting Director Tae Johnson. “For a family of four, that amounts to a shocking $284,000 – enough to buy a small house.”

Earlier this month, the administration awarded ICE an $86.9 million contract through Texas-based nonprofit Endeavors, which will provide hotel rooms near the border for temporary shelter. But Blackburn also questions how the group spends its money.

She said Endeavors in 2018 collected more than $38 million in contributions and grants but noted that “IRS filings show that nearly $22 million or almost half of those contributions went to salaries.”

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“This raises questions if half of the $86.9 million in ICE contract proceeds will likewise be allocated toward employee and executive compensation instead of migrant services or housing,” Blackburn wrote in her letter.

She also expressed concerns that Endeavors’ CEO Jon Allman has not provided “specific details about the contract.”

“It is unclear whether this nonprofit has ever previously managed a contract of this magnitude, housed a migrant population of this size or served vulnerable children without putting them at further risk,” Blackburn wrote. “DHS and ICE must provide commitments to assure Congress and the American public that Endeavors is up for the task of securely and efficiently housing illegal immigrants without resulting in waste or abuse of taxpayer dollars, or worse, harming vulnerable migrant children.”

Blackburn asked for answers by April 15.

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Trump Addresses Border Crisis in Wedding Speech at Mar-a-Lago

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Former President Donald Trump lamented the worsening crisis on the southern border during a brief speech at a wedding party at his resort in Palm Beach, Florida, over the weekend.

“The border is the worst anybody has ever seen it. And what you see now, multiply it times 10,” Trump said according to a video obtained by TMZ.

“What’s happening to the kids—they’re living in squalor. They are living like nobody has ever seen anybody,” he added. “It’s going to be—look, it’s a disaster. It’s a humanitarian disaster from their standpoint and it’s going to destroy the country. And frankly, the country can’t afford it because you’re talking about massive, just incredibly massive amounts—and that’s our school systems, our hospital systems, everything.”

President Joe Biden revoked or put on hold more than a dozen Trump-era immigration directives and policies. Some experts say the revocations are to blame for the flood of unaccompanied minors and family units crossing the border illegally.

“They have the airplane photos—they call them shots—and these things are showing thousands of people coming over from South America,” Trump said.

“So it’s a rough thing and I just say, ‘do you miss me yet?’ Trump said to cheers from the crowd.

The former president also touched on the Biden administration’s handling of the relationships with China and Iran.

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“China … they never treated us that way right? You saw what happened a few days ago? It was terrible,” the former president said in an apparent reference to a rebuke a top Chinese official delivered on U.S. soil earlier this month to Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

The Trump administration had imposed massive tariffs on China and crippling sanctions on Iran.

“They’re telling me about China. They’re telling me about Iran. How are we doing with Iran? How do you like that? Boy, they were ready to make a deal. They would have done anything. They would have done anything and this guy goes and he drops the sanctions,” Trump said in reference to Biden withdrawing sanctions on Iran in February.

Trump also touched on the topic of the election, raising doubts about Biden’s come-from-behind victory.

“We did get 75 million votes. Nobody’s ever gotten that,” the former president said. “They said get 66 million votes, sir, and the election is over. Well, I got 75 million and you saw what happened.”

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VIDEO: Cruz says there’s no social distancing in ‘Biden cages,’ releases photos

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“There was no six foot space, there was no three foot space, there wasn’t a three inch space between the children lined up one after the other after the other,” Cruz said at a news conference during a visit to the border.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz called the surge of illegal activity at the southern border a “man-made crisis” by the Biden administration.

“It is a tragedy and it is a man-made crisis. This was avoidable. This was preventable and regardless of your party, Republican or Democrat, you should look at what’s going on here and say enough is enough,” Cruz said at a news conference on Friday during a visit to the border.

Cruz and Texas Sen. John Cornyn led a delegation of Republican senators to view the conditions on the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas.

“All of us today witnessed the Biden cages. What is occurring here on the border is heartbreaking and it is a tragedy,” Cruz said.

“We have an army of TV cameras here. It is striking that not a single one of these cameras is allowed in the Donna facility,” he added, referring to the Biden administration prohibiting media access to facilities along the border.

“We requested that media accompany us in the facility. The Biden administration said no. The Trump administration allowed media inside facilities like that. The Obama administration allowed media inside facilities like that. The George W. Bush administration had. The Bill Clinton administration had but the Biden administration wants to hide what is going on here,” he said.

Cruz said the Donna facility was built with a capacity of 250 but has nearly 4,000 migrants in it during the coronavirus pandemic.

“We saw cages after cages after cages of little girls, of little boys lying side by side touching each other; covered with reflective emergency blankets,” said Cruz, who posted photos of his observations. “There was no six foot space, there was no three foot space, there wasn’t a three inch space between the children lined up one after the other after the other.”

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Cruz said the GOP senators also encountered a group of children who just tested positive for COVID-19.

“The Donna facility alone reports roughly 10% of the individuals being held there are testing positive for COVID-19 at rates dramatically higher than the US population and the Biden administration is taking people who are testing positive for COVID-19 and locking them in cages side by side,” he said. “This is inhumane. It is wrong and it is the direct consequence of policy decisions by the Biden administration to stop building the wall; to return to catch and release and to end the ‘Stay in Mexico’ policy.”

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