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Harris' biggest hurdle won't be headquartered in Central America
It's right here at home, where legions of Republican elected officials and activists are
Harris’ biggest hurdle won’t be headquartered in Central America. It’s right here at home, where legions of Republican elected officials and activists are champing at the bit.
The migration crisis at America’s southern border has put the Biden administration in a sticky wicket.
On Wednesday, President Joe Biden tapped his second-in-command, Vice President Kamala Harris, to head the effort to curb the migration of families and unaccompanied children fleeing Mexico and Central America for the lifeline just across America’s border.
Biden told reporters: “I can think of nobody who is better qualified to do this.”
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Biden officials said Harris will have two goals: “Working to slow the flow of ‘irregular migrants’ by addressing ‘the root causes’ that prompt them to leave their home countries,” Politico reports, “as well as strengthening relationships” with Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, where most of the migrants come from.
Harris will need to play the role of diplomat and tackle issues from poverty to international development, to border security and enforcement.
“There’s no question that this is a challenging situation,” Harris acknowledged.
“While we are clear that people should not come to the border now, we also understand that we will enforce the law,” Harris declared at a White House meeting.
“We also — because we can chew gum and walk at the same time — must address the root causes that cause people to make the trek.”
The good news: Biden is trusting Harris with this weighty assignment.
The bad news: Biden is trusting Harris with this weighty assignment.
It demonstrates a well-placed confidence in Harris, who made history when she became the first woman, African American and Asian American elected to the vice presidency.
The former California attorney general and U.S.
senator has the chops for the job.
But immigration is fraught and dangerous territory for this young administration.
The Democrats spent years excoriating former President Donald Trump for mishandling the border crisis and for his administration’s hostility to immigrant rights.
Now it’s Biden’s turn.
Vice presidents, eager to prove their mettle, are often rewarded with the thorniest tasks.
Last year, when Trump assigned then-Vice President Mike Pence to honcho the White House Coronavirus Task Force, my first thought was, “Well, there goes that political career.”
Trump spent the rest of his presidency in COVID-19 denial, ensuring the federal response to the pandemic would be botched.
How could Trump’s ever-loyal vice president fix a problem his boss refused to own?
President Barack Obama once assigned a vice president by the name of Joe Biden to work on the border issue by engaging our neighbors to the south.
Biden visited Central America several times and tried to work with officials to stem the burgeoning tide of migrants heading our way.
Given that thousands of children and families have continued to flood our borders, Biden clearly failed.
But Harris’ biggest hurdle won’t be headquartered in Central America.
It’s right here at home, where legions of Republican elected officials and activists are champing at the bit.
They aim to demolish all Biden administration initiatives, and especially one that seeks a humane policy for handling desperate migrants who seek harbor.
They are already slamming Harris, labeling her record as soft on immigration enforcement.
And, as Arizona Gov.
Doug Ducey argues, that Harris is unfit.
“She’s about the worst possible choice that one could make,” the Republican governor told reporters Wednesday.
“At no point in her career has she given any indication that she considers the border a problem or a serious threat.”
They don’t want Harris to succeed.
That’s why she must.
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President Biden promised Vice President Kamala Harris that she would be “the last person in the room” when he made a big decision.
Be careful what you promise.
If Vice President Harris is saying the same things Senator Harris said back when she was representing California, then that last person in the room must be disagreeing with Biden a lot lately.
Or should be, if she’s holding true to her past positions.
Start with immigration.
Biden just asked Harris to lead the administration’s response on border and migration issues — the toughest of assignments.
It’s even tougher when you disagree with your boss.
While Biden has overturned some of Donald Trump’s harsher policies on immigration, he continues to use a controversial tactic to turn adult migrants away from the border — a section of public health law known as Title 42.
Trump used this 1944-era public health order to block immigration in the name of stopping the spread of COVID-19.
Harris hated the tactic — last year, when Trump was president.
In April, she was among a group of Democratic senators who criticized using the policy in this way as “an unprecedented expansion of executive power.”
Then there’s Biden’s career-long support of the filibuster, the Senate rule that allows a minority of members to block legislation.
Biden recently softened his opposition a bit, saying he’d be open to requiring the “talking filibuster,” in which a senator actually has to talk for hours to prevent a vote on a bill.
He softened a bit more last week, vaguely threatening that if Republicans used filibusters to achieve a “complete lockdown” of Democratic bills, “then we’ll have to go beyond what I’m talking about.”
But that’s not even close to what Harris has said about the filibuster.
In 2019, when she was running for president, Harris said at a CNN town hall on climate change that “I am prepared to get rid of the filibuster to pass a Green New Deal.”
So how much time does Harris get when she’s the last person in the room? Because there’s plenty for the two to talk about in that sentence alone.
Not only does Biden oppose killing the filibuster, he opposes the Green New Deal.
If Harris can snag a few more minutes with the president before she leaves him alone in the room, perhaps she’ll talk to him about weed.
The Daily Beast recently reported that “dozens of young White House staffers have been suspended, asked to resign, or placed in a remote work program due to past marijuana use.” The White House said that just five people no longer work there for causes related in part to their use of marijuana — which is legal for adult recreational use in 14 states, including California, plus the District of Columbia, and for medical purposes in 36 states.
But cannabis remains illegal under federal law, and Biden opposes legalization.
The White House reefer madness dragnet did not snare the vice president, who said during her presidential campaign that she used marijuana recreationally “a long time ago.” While Harris opposed legalizing cannabis as California’s attorney general, she became a leading advocate for legalization soon after landing in Washington, even fundraising off her pro-ganja position during her presidential campaign.
For now, we’re unlikely to hear of any of these past disagreements between Harris and Biden publicly.
Harris supporters will have to hope she’s saving her opposition for those private moments with Biden and that they will influence him.
Working without a net: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi joined the chorus of California Democrats who said no Democrat should run as a replacement candidate in a recall election of Gov.
Gavin Newsom, sniffing that it was “an unnecessary notion.”
But that’s not what Pelosi said back in 2003 when Democratic Gov.
Gray Davis was nose-diving in the polls and heading for a recall crash-and-burn.
Then, Pelosi joined a statement by Rep.
Zoe Lofgren, a San Jose Democrat who led the state’s House delegation, backing Lt.
Cruz Bustamante as a replacement candidate.
The logic: Many Democrats felt that Bustamante was insurance against the party losing the governorship should voters turn thumbs down on Davis.
That turned out to be a dumb idea that siphoned energy away from opposing the recall.
Voters bumped off Davis and Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger won the replacement race, while Bustamante received 31% of the vote and a one-way ticket to obscurity.
One big difference between then and now is that Schwarzenegger was a movie star with literally as much name recognition as the pope.
No such Republican is in the field or on the horizon now.
But that wasn’t the only difference.
Art Torres, who was chair of the California Democratic Party, explained that Democrats “saw Gray as weak.
What happened in so many districts is that people started worrying about their own backsides instead of worrying about the governor’s race.”
Torres said that is unlikely to happen now.
In 2003, the state was having budget problems.
Last week, California learned it collected $14.3 billion more in tax revenue in January than it expected, which will further ease the threat of budget cuts that looked inevitable just a few months ago.
On top of that, businesses crippled during the pandemic will soon be able to get $2 billion in grant money from California’s Golden State Stimulus relief program, and low-income Californians will receive $600 from the state after they file their taxes.
Plus, there’s $42.6 billion in aid coming to the state and local governments in California from the $1.9 trillion federal stimulus package.
“Now you have a Legislature that can’t blame Gavin when he’s got their backs,” said Torres, a former state senator.
“There’s no incentive to go after your leader when he’s providing for you.”
Even Lofgren has changed her tune.
She told me in an email that “every member of the California Democratic congressional delegation stands against this attempt by some of Trump’s closest allies to overturn the 2018 election and the will of the people of California.”
A final recall flashback: One California Democrat who broke with her party’s strategy in 2003 and didn’t vote for Bustamante was Sen.
She said at the time: “I’m urging people to vote ‘no’ on the recall.
I am not going to vote on the second part of the ballot.”
Same goes for this year.
A spokesperson said Saturday that Feinstein doesn’t think another Democrat should jump into the race.
Joe Garofoli is The San Francisco Chronicle’s senior political writer.
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He has worked at The Chronicle since 2000 and in Bay Area journalism since 1992, when he left the Milwaukee Journal.
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– March 28, 2021