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Biden, Harris unveil strategies to address 'root causes' of immigration

Biden, Harris unveil strategies to address 'root causes' of immigration

The Biden administration on Thursday rolled out its strategies to address the root causes of immigration, a step officials call a “core component” of efforts to establish a “fair, orderly, and humane immigration system.” President Biden, in March, tapped Vice President Kamala Harris to lead the administration’s diplomatic efforts to address the “root causes” of migration from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. HARRIS TELLS DACA RECIPIENTS THAT ADMINISTRATION WILL TAKE ‘ACTION’ AFTER PROGRAM IS RULED UNLAWFUL”In Central America, the root causes of migration run deep—and migration from the region has a direct impact on the United States,” Harris said in a statement. “For that reason, our nation must consistently engage with the region to address the hardships that cause people to leave Central America and come to our border.” The vice president, in rolling out the new strategies, said that under the Biden Administration, she and the president have “restarted” U.S. engagement with Central American governments to create a “comprehensive” strategy to address the root causes of migration. “First, addressing the root causes of migration is critical to our overall immigration effort,” Harris explained. “Second, providing relief is not sufficient to stem migration from the region.” Harris said that the root causes “must be addressed both in addition to relief efforts—and apart from these efforts.” “In everything we do, we must target our efforts in those areas of highest-out migration—and ensure that these programs meet the highest standards of accountability and effectiveness,” Harris said. “Third, unless we address all of the root causes, problems will persist,” Harris added, noting that it is the “goal” of the administration to deal with “corruption” in the region, and “mitigate the lack of economic and educational opportunities on the ground.” “Fourth, and most importantly, the United States cannot do this work alone,” Harris said. “Our strategy is far-reaching—and focuses on our partnerships with other governments, international institutions, businesses, foundations, and civil society.” Harris said that, at this point, the governments of Mexico, Japan and Korea, and the United Nations have joined the United States in providing “relief” to the region. Harris also called on the private sector—in the United States and abroad—to invest in the region. “Private sector investment not only boosts economic opportunity, but also incentivizes regional governments to create the conditions on the ground to attract such investment,” Harris said. “Ultimately, our administration will consistently engage in the region to address the root cases of migration. We will built on what works, and we will pivot away from what does not work,” Harris said. “It will not be easy, and progress will not be instantaneous, but we are committed to getting it right.” She added: “Because we know The strength and security of the United States depends on the implementation of strategies like this one.” The Root Causes Strategy “identifies, prioritizes and coordinates actions to improve security, governance, human rights, and economic conditions in the region,” while integrating various U.S. government tools including “diplomacy, foreign assistance, public diplomacy and sanctions.” Senior administration officials said implementation of the strategy will rely on the expertise of a wide range of U.S. departments and agencies, with support from governments inside and outside the region, the private sector, Congress, and more. Officials said the U.S. will coordinate a “place-based” approach, targeting areas where migrants are most likely to come from. The strategy, according to officials, has been broken down into five pillars: addressing economic insecurity and inequality; combatting corruption, strengthening democratic governance and advancing the rule of law; promoting respect for human rights, labor rights and a free press; countering and preventing violence, extortion, and other crimes perpetrated by criminal gangs, trafficking networks, and other organized criminal organizations; and combating sexual, gender-based and domestic violence. The administration on Thursday also rolled out its Migration Strategy, which officials called the first U.S. government strategy focused on strengthening cooperative efforts to manage safe, orderly and humane migration in North and Central America. The Migration Strategy includes efforts to stabilize populations with acute needs; expand access to international protection; expand access to protection in countries of origin; improve and expand temporary labor programs in the region with worker protections; assist and reintegrate returned persons; foster “secure and humane” management of borders; strengthen regional public messaging about migration; and expand access to “lawful pathways” for protection and opportunities in the United States. Senior administration officials said that Biden and Harris “inherited a broken and dysfunctional system,” acknowledging that there were “a number of problems that pre-existed the Trump administration,” but said the Trump administration “made them so much worse.” “For this strategy to be successful, we will have to undertake sustained efforts, which is both hard work over time, but also a very hard-nosed approach to having an impact on the ground for the people of the region who are suffering so badly.” CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPThe administration’s strategies come as migrant crossings into the United States across the U.S.-Mexico border hit a 10-year high. More than 188,000 migrants were encountered in June. Encounters of family units, meanwhile, surged by 25% to 55,805 from 44,746 in May.Fox News’ Adam Shaw contributed to this report. 

Scalise blasts 'unconscionable' DOJ move to drop Cuomo nursing home investigation

Scalise blasts 'unconscionable' DOJ move to drop Cuomo nursing home investigation

Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., blasted President Joe Biden’s Justice Department Friday after the DOJ announced it was dropping a civil rights probe into New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s handling of the coronavirus in nursing homes.”It is outrageous that the Department of Justice refuses to investigate the deadly ‘must admit’ orders issued by governors in New York, Pennsylvania, and Michigan that resulted in the deaths of thousands of senior citizens,” the minority whip said in a statement Friday. LEADER OF CUOMO IMPEACHMENT PROBE WARNS OF ‘SEVERE REPERCUSSIONS’ AFTER AIDE’S COMMENT”Where is the justice for nursing home victims and their grieving families? These deadly orders contradicted the CDC’s guidance, and needlessly endangered the most vulnerable among us to the deadly COVID-19 virus,” the Louisiana Republican added. “Even worse, Governor Cuomo in New York intentionally tried to cover up the true death toll resulting from his mandate. Grieving families deserve answers and accountability. It’s unconscionable that Biden’s Department of Justice refuses to investigate the deadly actions that went against CDC’s medical guidance taken in these states.”The DOJ told Republican lawmakers Friday that it will not pursue an investigation into the Cuomo nursing home scandal but a separate investigation by federal prosecutors into the matter will continue. NY DEM BLASTS REPORTER WHO ASKED WHY SHE APPEARED WITH ANDREW CUOMO AFTER DEMANDING HE RESIGNCuomo has been widely criticized by both sides of the aisle for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic in regards to nursing homes and his critics have suggested his order mandating nursing homes to accept infected patients last year caused at least 1,000 deaths.Additionally, critics say Cuomo officials repeatedly attempted to play down the total number of nursing home deaths. Cuomo has been accused of withholding key data for political purposes. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP Several prominent Republicans joined in on Scalise’s criticism of the DOJ’s decision including New York’s Rep. Elise Stefanik who said that President Biden is now “complicit” in Cuomo’s alleged coverup.

Caitlyn Jenner calls Olympian 'disrespectful' for anthem snub, says athletes should honor 'our values'

Caitlyn Jenner calls Olympian 'disrespectful' for anthem snub, says athletes should honor 'our values'

Olympic gold medalist Caitlyn Jenner took issue with a U.S. Olympian who recently turned her back during the national anthem and encouraged other Olympians to show respect to the United States at the Games.U.S. Olympic athletes should represent their country with “dignity and respect for our country and for our values,” Jenner, who won the gold medal in the decathlon representing the United States in 1976, told FOX News in an interview. CAITLYN JENNER TO EMBARK ON STATEWIDE BUS TOUR NEXT MONTH IN BID FOR CALIFORNIA GOVERNORSHIPJenner added that Olympic hammer thrower Gwen Berry, who turned her back on the medal podium in protest as the National Anthem was playing, was “disrespectful.” Jenner lamented that she had received “so much press.””I was the first person ever to put an American flag at the finish line,” Jenner continued. “We need more of that. And I guarantee you. Ninety-eight percent, ninety-nine percent of the athletes that are going over there are patriotic. They want to do it right. They want to represent their country. Right. But unfortunately, the media focuses on the ruins of the world. And it’s a shame. It’s an absolute shame.”Jenner complimented hammer thrower DeAnna Price, who finished in first place ahead of Berry, and was dismayed that “nobody knows her” despite her “phenomenal performance.”CAITLYN JENNER DEFENDS TRIP TO AUSTRALIA 2 MONTHS BEFORE CALIFORNIA RECALL: ‘I ACTUALLY HONOR’ COMMITMENTSBerry, who said that playing the national anthem while she was on the podium was “disrespectful,” announced that she will indeed compete in the Olympics after her third-place qualifying finish.”My purpose and my mission is bigger than sports,” Berry said.  “I’m here to represent those … who died due to systemic racism. That’s the important part. That’s why I’m going. That’s why I’m here today.”Caitlyn Jenner, who dropped the name Bruce after coming out as transgender female in 2015, is currently running in a California recall election as a Republican to replace the state’s current Democratic governor, Gavin Newsom.CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPOn the campaign trail, Jenner has spoken candidly about opposing biological males competing against females in athletic competitions.”This is a question of fairness, that’s why I oppose biological boys who are trans competing in girls sports in school,” Jenner told TMZ earlier this year. “It just isn’t fair, and we have to protect girls sports in our schools.”Recent polling conducted shows Jenner tied for third place in a crowded Republican field, with 53% of voters still undecided on who should lead California if the majority of voters vote to remove Newsom.

Ilhan Omar leads Democratic lawmakers calling for special State Department 'envoy' to combat Islamophobia

Ilhan Omar leads Democratic lawmakers calling for special State Department 'envoy' to combat Islamophobia

Several Democratic lawmakers, including Rep. Ilhan Omar, held a press conference with the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) Wednesday calling for a special State Department envoy to combat “Islamophobia.”CAIR compiled a report, which was obtained by Fox News, that showed an increase in crimes committed against Muslims in the United States. The organization says that there have been 500 documented cases of anti-Muslim harassment so far this year.”This included a sudden rise in anti-mosque incidents in May and June involving cases of vandalism and an attempted stabbing, and several physical assaults targeting Muslim women wearing hijab (religious head covering),” CAIR’s website says. “CAIR’s report and the call for an Islamophobia envoy also comes in the wake of a terror attack that killed three generations of a Canadian Muslim family in June—and an increase in anti-Muslim repression around the world. “In response to the report, the Democrat lawmakers have written a letter asking for a comprehensive strategy on combatting anti-Muslim hate crimes and urging Secretary of State Antony Blinken to create a Special Envoy for Monitoring and Combating Islamophobia.ILHAN OMAR SAYS SHE IS FOCUSED ON FINDING ‘SOLIDARITY’ WITH HER JEWISH COLLEAGUES AFTER LATEST BACKLASH”We’re here because we are seeing a stark rise in anti-Muslim hate in this country,” Omar said to start the press conference. “According to brand new data from CAIR, this year has seen over 500 documented complaints of anti-Muslim hate and bias in the U.S.”Omar then cited several instances of reported hate crimes committed against Muslims including derogatory graffiti in her home state of Minnesota. “In my own home state of Minnesota, vandals spray painted hate messages including ‘Death to Islam’, ‘F*** Islam’, the ‘N word’, and a Nazi swastika on and near the Moorhead-Fargo Islamic center,” Omar said. “A window of the mosque was also broken.”Omar added that she herself was the victim of anti-Muslim harassment as a child. “These incidents pain me because they are so familiar,” Omar explained. “As a young refugee who barely spoke English, students mocked me even going as far as putting chewing gum on my hijab.”OMAR BLASTED FOR REMARKS ABOUT JEWS IN CONGRESS: ‘THIS IS WHAT A MODERN DAY MUSLIM SUPREMACIST LOOKS LIKE’Omar added that she was harassed by a group of teenagers because “I didn’t bare my legs or arms during gym class.”The Minnesota Democrat said the harassment has continued to this day and claimed her office received a call last month disparaging Muslims and calling them terrorists and “rag heads.”The press conference was also attended by Rep. Judy Chu who criticized former President Donald Trump on his “deliberately harmful” pause on immigration from several Muslim countries which Democrats have labeled a “Muslim ban.”CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPOmar’s letter to Congress was co-signed by Democratic Rep. Jan Schakowsky of Illinois along with 23 other Democrats, including Reps. Karen Bass, Jim McGovern, Rashida Tlaib, Adam Smith and Sara Jacobs.

Social conservatives 'frustrated' over Trump Supreme Court justices' rulings

Social conservatives 'frustrated' over Trump Supreme Court justices' rulings

DES MOINES, Iowa – It was a line that you would expect would receive thunderous applause.Former Vice President Mike Pence, addressing a crowd of some 1,200 evangelical activists attending the annual leadership summit of the Family Leader, a top social conservative organization in the first-in-the-nation presidential caucus state of Iowa, touted the Trump administration’s success in shifting the federal bench to the right.UNPREDICTABLE SUPREME COURT RULINGS CONTRADICT DEMOCRATS’ WARNINGS”We appointed more than 300 conservatives to our federal courts at every level, including Justice Neil Gorsuch, Justice Brett Kavanaugh and how about Justice Amy Coney Barrett. Isn’t she something?” Pence told audience.The former vice president’s comment received polite applause, but there was no standing ovation.
Former Vice President Mike Pence speaks during the Family Leadership Summit, Friday, July 16, 2021, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Defund the police Dems are silent after DC passes 100 homicides in 2021

Defund the police Dems are silent after DC passes 100 homicides in 2021

Earlier this month, the nation’s capital hit a morbid milestone of 100 murders, and Democrats that have supported defunding the police have been silent.Washington, D.C., reached its 100th homicide on July 9.Fox News reached out to multiple members of the far-left “Squad” in the House of Representatives for comment on the deadly shootings and if they believed the defund the police push had anything to do with the grim milestone being reached so early.WASHINGTON, DC, RECORDS 100 HOMICIDES BY JULY 10 FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 2003Democratic Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Jamaal Bowman and Mondaire Jones of New York; Ilhan Omar of Minnesota; Rashida Tlaib of Michigan; Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Cori Bush of Missouri did not respond to Fox News’ requests for comment.The victim of the 100th homicide, 45-year-old Willie Parker, was killed July 9 as crime continues to rise across the country.The last time Washington, D.C., hit 100 homicides this early was in 2003. On average, the nation’s capital sees that many murders by Oct. 25. According to crime statistics on the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department’s website, D.C. is one homicide away from matching last year’s total for homicides at 104. D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser also did not respond to Fox News’ request for comment but asked President Biden for help last week after the milestone and sent a letter on Monday “directing the Metropolitan Police Department to use any overtime necessary to meet our public safety needs.”CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPBowser, a Democrat, met with Biden last week on the rampant rise in murders in cities across America.The D.C. city council voted last year to shift a $23 million school security contract from the Metropolitan Police Department to the city’s public schools. The city has seen a 3% rise in homicides over the course of this year — only adding to the 19% rise seen in 2020.Bowser has opposed defunding the police.

'Save Our Paychecks' tour to target White House economic policies, 'Bidenflation'

'Save Our Paychecks' tour to target White House economic policies, 'Bidenflation'

Conservative group Heritage Action is partnering with the Coalition to Protect American Workers to launch a nationwide tour targeting what they describe as the “disastrous” effect that the Biden administration’s economic policies have had on American workers and businesses.The “Save Our Paychecks” tour will feature a series of events in states around the country in August and September. Heritage Action said the events would feature testimony from business owners and workers who say that Biden’s policies have had a negative impact on the economy.The tour will begin on Aug. 10 with an event in Fresno, California, and conclude with an event on Sept. 13 in Atlanta, Georgia. Featured speakers will include Florida Sen. Rick Scott, who will attend events in New Hampshire and Wisconsin, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp and other elected officials.”President Joe Biden and Washington Democrats are leading our nation down an unsustainable path with their failed economic policies and reckless spending. Americans deserve better,” Scott said in a statement. “The Democrats’ spending addiction has created an inflation crisis and their solution is to spend more and tax more. “And instead of focusing on getting Americans back to work and helping small businesses re-open, Democrats are insistent on paying workers more to stay home and rely on government assistance. These policies don’t work, and we are seeing it every day,” he added.Republicans have been critical of Biden’s sweeping economic agenda, arguing his initiatives are too costly and causing inflation that will hurt American consumers. GOP lawmakers have vowed to oppose any effort by Biden to raise corporate tax rates to pay for his two-pronged, multi-trillion-dollar spending proposals.Senate lawmakers are expected to hold a vote on whether to begin debate on one of the prongs, a bipartisan infrastructure package, on Wednesday.”As Speaker Pelosi and Senate Leader Schumer bring President Biden’s massive tax increases before Congress for a vote it’s important that members of Congress hear how trillions of dollars in new taxes will impact local jobs and constituents’ take-home pay,” said Marc Short, executive director of the Coalition to Protect American Workers.Biden has downplayed concerns about inflation, asserting that the passage of his proposed infrastructure packages is necessary for economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and to reshape the U.S. economy for the future.But critics, such as Heritage Action, say Biden’s policies have damaged the economy’s recovery.”Thanks to Bidenflation and the Administration’s continued attacks on our pocketbooks, Americans are losing purchasing power every month — blue state lockdowns and Congress’ disastrous spending plans have led to higher taxes and higher unemployment,” Heritage Action Executive Director Jessica Anderson said in a statement. “The Save Our Paychecks Tour will shed light on the American workers and businesses who have been left behind by the Biden Administration.”The “Save Our Paychecks” tour will also target stringent business-related restrictions imposed in Democratic-controlled states during the coronavirus pandemic. The Fresno event will feature an appearance by Erica Kious, the former owner of the San Francisco salon that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited last summer in violation of local COVID-19 regulations at the time. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP”After owning a very successful salon in San Francisco for over ten years, my dreams and hard work came to an abrupt end,” Kious said in a statement. “I was ultimately forced to shut down by extreme leftist politics due to the exposure of Nancy Pelosi’s hypocritical actions in my salon relative to the mask policies surrounding the Coronavirus pandemic.”Americans need to know that the Left is dedicated to destroying small business owners like me and hurting American workers—it’s time to Save Our Paychecks.”

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