Vice President Kamala Harris’s children’s book Superheroes are Everywhere is included in welcome packs for unaccompanied migrant children entering America at the border with Mexico.
Photos taken this week at a migrant shelter in California show Harris’ book sitting on a crib, along with a backpack, some clothing and other basic necessities such as body wash and toothpaste.
These are the welcome packs for unaccompanied migrant children arriving at the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center, which has recently been converted to deal with the influx of illegal immigration.
Migrant children found at the border without a parent will be temporarily housed in the facility, which officials say can accommodate up to 1,000 children.
A photo taken April 22 at the Long Beach Convention Center, where migrant children found without a parent at the border are temporarily housed, shows Kamala Harris’ book Superheroes are Everywhere sitting on a cot along with a backpack, clothing and basic necessities
Young unaccompanied migrants, ages 3 to 9, watch television in a box at the US Customs and Border Protection facility in the Rio Grande Valley, Texas. US officials struggle to cope with dramatic spike in children crossing the US-Mexico border on their own
Officials are struggling to cope with a dramatic spike in children crossing the U.S.-Mexico border alone, which has led to a massive expansion in the number of emergency facilities to house them as more children arrive than are released to them close relatives in the United States.
Despite being tasked with managing the crisis on the southern border 31 days ago, Harris has not yet visited border facilities or held major press conferences on the matter.
The vice president’s 2019 picture book Superheroes are Everywhere is a New York Times bestseller and was written to convey the powerful message: “ Superheroes are all around us – and if we try, we can all be heroes, too. to be.’
The Amazon description states, “Before Kamala Harris was elected vice president, she was a little girl who loved superheroes. And when she looked around, she was amazed to find them everywhere!
In her family, among her friends, even down the street – there were superheroes wherever she looked. And those superheroes showed her that all you have to do to be a superhero is the best you can be. ‘
Young readers are encouraged to sign up for a ‘Hero Code’ in which they promise to keep a range of commitments including ‘be nice’, ‘make a difference when I can’, ‘help people be brave’, stand up for what is right ‘, and’ protect those who need it ‘.
Kamala Harris’ 2019 picture book Superheroes are Everywhere was written to convey the powerful message: ‘Superheroes are all around us – and if we try, we can all be heroes too’
Other photos taken of the Long Beach facility that will temporarily house unaccompanied young migrants show recreational items that children can access
Young migrants wait to be tested for COVID-19 at the Donna Department of Homeland Security holding in the Rio Grande Valley, Donna, Texas
Last month, the White House announced Harris as the ‘Tsar’ at the border, claiming she would lead the government response to the crisis on the southern border.
She arrived in New Hampshire on Friday to promote President Joe Biden’s $ 2 trillion on her sixth domestic trip since taking charge of border diplomacy.
Harris has insisted that she will travel to Guatemala and Mexico in the coming month, but has shown no interest in visiting the border wall or migrant reception facilities.
The White House has insisted that its role is to try to identify the “root causes” of migration, such as economic strife and violence that motivate people to try to reach America.
According to Customs and Border Patrol data, the number of immigrants apprehended along the southern border has increased from 96,974 in February to 168,195 in March. The last time the one-month detentions were this high was in March 2001.
The sleeping quarters for migrant children at the Long Beach Convention Center in California. Officials say the center can accommodate up to 1,000 children
Migrants departing from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador are seen crossing the Rio Grande River in Texas on April 8. The number of migrants trying to cross the Mexican border into the US rose to 171,000 in March, the highest monthly number since 2006.
CBP data also showed that from February to March, a 174 percent increase in the number of family units along the border and a 101 percent increase in unaccompanied children.
The Biden administration has gone to great lengths to face the crisis by shipping unaccompanied children to Pennsylvania far from its southern border as Pennsylvania, spending $ 86.9 million to accommodate 1,200 migrants in hotels. house until September.
Republicans blame Biden for the crisis, saying he dismantled Donald Trump’s key immigration rules. Democrats say Biden has inherited a broken system, including brutal policies he’s trying to fix.
Harris has convened Central America leaders and held meetings on the issue, including hosting philanthropists in her White House office on Thursday to learn about the challenges facing the northern triangular countries of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, where many of the migrants come from.
She insisted that Central American migrants don’t really want to leave their homelands and flee to the US
“The way I look at it, people don’t want to leave home,” Harris said prior to meeting the leaders of major philanthropic organizations. “They don’t want to leave their grandparents, they don’t want to leave the culture.”