ANOTHER Kamala Harris FLOP, You Won’t Guess Why This Time

Vice President Kamala Harris announced the allocation of an additional $1 billion in funding to address the root causes of the migrant crisis at the southern border.

The funds were raised through private sector commitments, bringing the total amount of Harris’ “Call to Action” launched in 2021 to $4.2 billion.

The goal of the initiative is to address the drivers of migration, such as poverty, violence, corruption, and climate change, in order to tackle the ongoing crisis at the southern border.

Harris has faced criticism from Republicans for her role in handling the migrant crisis, with some dubbing her the “border czar.” The number of migrant encounters at the border has remained high, with over 1.7 million encounters in FY 21, more than 2.3 million encounters in FY 22, and every month of FY23 outpacing the prior year.

Harris has defended her approach as a long-term strategy that requires time to develop, with a focus on addressing the root causes of migration rather than border security.

The Call to Action is a public-private partnership aimed at specific goals such as digital and financial inclusion, food security, climate-smart agriculture, education, and public health access. The funding is also intended to strengthen democratic governance, combat corruption, and improve security.

Harris highlighted positive trends that have emerged from the investments made so far, including job creation, increased access to the financial system, and small business growth potential.

In addition to continuing the Call to Action program, Harris announced the “Central America Forward” initiative as a new phase of the partnership.

The initiative adds good governance and labor rights as priorities and includes additional government commitments to support investments in the region.

The private sector partners have committed to combating corruption and protecting labor rights through the “Good Governance, Good Jobs” declaration.

The Biden administration has attributed a decline in migration from Northern Triangle countries of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras to the root cause strategy and the investments made through the Call to Action program.

While migrant encounters in January were still the highest on record, the number dropped sharply from the previous month. The administration linked the drop to a new parole program for migrants from Venezuela, Nicaragua, Haiti, and Cuba, as well as expanded Title 42 expulsions for those nationalities.

The administration has called on Congress to pass legislation that enhances border security and fixes the broken immigration system. The White House’s framework includes a pathway to citizenship for millions of illegal immigrants, but Republicans have opposed it.

The Republican-controlled House has pledged to investigate the Biden administration’s handling of the crisis, and multiple articles of impeachment against Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas have been introduced in the chamber.

In summary, the Biden administration is seeking to address the root causes of the migrant crisis at the southern border through the Call to Action program and the new Central America Forward initiative.

While the program has seen some positive results, Republicans continue to criticize the administration’s handling of the crisis and oppose its proposed immigration reform. The issue remains a significant challenge for the administration, and its success in addressing it will be closely watched.