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President Joe Biden spoke spoke about desperate migrants who would sell everything they have to unscrupulous coyotes to get across the border in remarks to the nation’s governors Monday – while Vice President Kamala Harris focused her own remarks on voting rights.
It was a shift from 2021, when Harris was closely identified with her role of focusing on ‘root causes’ of the border crisis. This time, with both of them seated in the East Room of the White House, it was Biden who took ownership of the controversial issue.
‘I think one of the fundamental things we got to do in addition to some of the changes we’ll make -–we don’t get into today – but, is if we figure out why they’re leaving in the first place,’ Biden said, in his own take on ‘root causes.’
‘It’s not like people sit around and say and in Guadalajara, “I got a great idea. Let’s sell everything we have given to a coyote, take us across the border, leave us in a desert in a country that doesn’t want us you know, speak the language. Won’t that be fun?”‘ Biden said in a meeting with 30 of the nation’s governors.
‘You know, there are gangs we’re working on, there’s a whole lot of illegal moment. But there’s also a way to begin to deal with the reason they’re leaving in the first place,’ he said.
President Joe Biden spoke about the root causes of migration at the White House Monday. ”It’s not like people sit around and say and in Guadalajara, “I got a great idea. Let’s sell everything we have given to a coyote, take us across the border,”‘ Biden said
His comments came days after Harris returned from Honduras to attend the inauguration of the country’s new president in a single-day trip.
Harris also spoke, mentioning an array of challenges confronted by the governors, from COVID-19, to the climate crisis and cyber security, but on Monday left immigration to Biden.
After praising governors for inspiring confidence in their citizens during the pandemic, she focused on voting in a ‘spirit of bipartisanship.’
She called on them to make sure that ‘all people who are eligible to vote have an ability and a meaningful ability to vote and access to the ballot.’
At the end of the event, Biden once again tangled with a press corps hungry for comment on the latest news, as he ended an event with a Q&A with elected officials.
Biden spoke about immigration and pushing out coronavirus relief to the states during his White House remarks – then may have contributed to a bit of confusion when he said he would take questions – not from reporters invited in, but from the governors.
‘But having said that, why don’t I stop and take any questions you all may have, and they told me I’m supposed to call on Governor Cox first,’ Biden said, revealing that his staff had asked him to call on the Utah governor.
Vice President Kamala Harris called on governors to make sure all people have ‘access to the ballot’
‘It’s not like people sit around and say and in Guadalajara, “I got a great idea. Let’s sell everything we have given to a coyote [to] take us across the border, leave us in the desert,’ Biden said
SAN LUIS, AZ – October 10: Migrants attempt to cross in to the U.S. from Mexico at the border October 10, 2021 in San Luis, Arizona
Biden referenced coyotes who abandon migrants in the desert
The White House acknowledged that Biden was seated far from other people due to covid precautions
That preceded a bevy of shouted questions from the media – including one about his timeline for selecting a Supreme Court nominee, days after Justice Stephen Breyer said he would retire.
‘Thank you, thank you!’ Biden’s press wranglers shouted, in an effort to put an end to the event.
‘Thank you guys, let’s go,’ they said, as they escorted the press out of the room.
Last week, Biden called Fox News correspondent Peter Doocy a ‘stupid son of a b***h’ after Doocy shouted out a question about inflation at the end of an economy event. Biden later phoned Doocy and ‘cleared the air,’ and according to Doocy said he understood the need of the press to call out different questions.
During his Monday remarks, Biden touted efforts
‘Look, the American rescue plan was a lot of money. And it was designed to make sure we could carry the nation forward in dealing with vaccines, boosters, or creating jobs and keeping schools open and a number of other things. And, Gov., you said send you money. we have we’ve sent you a whole hell of a lot of money. And we’re going send you more [if you] keep using it as well as you have,’ Biden said.
At an event where Vice President Kamal Harris urged governors to protect voting rights, Biden spoke about addressing root causes of immigration, an area that has also been a focus of the Harris portfolio.