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Harris visits Latin America to tackle migration, corruption

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She looks presidential.

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She's a prosecutor with lots of court room experience. I don't think the leaders of these other nations are going to get very far with her unless they are honest and forthright with the US.

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Hmmmmm. How visiting for a day or 2 is going to “tackle migration, corruption” is not clear. My guess is they just throw money at this issue like every other one so far

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Good luck and safe travels! Madam Vice-President!

The US is counting on you!

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Hmmmmm. How visiting for a day or 2 is going to “tackle migration, corruption” is not clear. My guess is they just throw money at this issue like every other one so far

How many times did the former guy or little Mikey visit?

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Yanquis in Latin America have a dubious track record indeed if the (better) history books are to be believed. What's Kamala bringing to the table? A carrot? Or a stick?

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ProbBly both.

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If this Administration has little credibility with China and Russia, they’ll have none in Latin America.

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Seems one would go to our border first before visiting world leaders to talk about illegal immigration.

don’t forget your checkbook or Bitcoin wallet, another payoff is coming.

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The previous crooks didn’t need to visit because they had more successfully dissuaded people from these countries from trying to get in. And they rightly realised that just throwing money at these countries will not make their downtrodden citizens better off

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She's a prosecutor with lots of court room experience

Hmm, being from California, we know all too well about her courtroom cases and experiences when it comes to the prosecuting the law, so much so that her handlers have asked the media to NOT ask her questions about her past life when it comes to cases she prosecuted in California and with her record, I can see why.

 I don't think the leaders of these other nations are going to get very far with her unless they are honest and forthright with the US.

Lol, I think quite the opposite, this should be quite interesting.

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Seems one would go to our border first before visiting world leaders to talk about illegal immigration.

That someone's thinking would be simplistic and utterly useless. What exactly can you do at the border? Look at people crossing? And...?

Fixing a complicated issue requires actually looking at its root causes. The root cause of mass migration from Mexico and Guatemala isn't "the border", it's the dismal conditions those two countries are in right now, forcing its people to migrate. Adressing the problem by first talking to the leaders of both countries is infinitely more sensible than a silly photo op in the bushes at the Rio Grande (good old Ted Cruz) or... building a wall.

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yes, and see the magnitude of the problem. See what type of people are coming, how they are treated by us and get feedback from the people doing the actual job.

comfirm that people are actually crossing everyday, just walking right across. Confirm unaccompanied children are just being dropped at the border. See it, it could be fake news, right?

you know things you would obviously do unless you just need the publicity of an overseas trip because you already planning to just make a payment.

Look at people crossing? And...?

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Hi government of countries people are fleeing from due to poverty and corruption!

please accept this large sum of money so that we don’t have to fix our border problems. Would be great if you accept this money instead, as this issue is causing us huge political problems in the USA.

do whatever you have to do to keep your people in your country. We don’t care what that is just do it. Hey would you mind saying something bad about orange guy to the media?

thanks that’s so helpful!

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Jsapc

They weren’t averse to popping down to the border for a photo op when they could blame Orange for the mess.

Going to countries that migrants come from is unlikely to do much. Those countries are almost incorrigibly corrupt and crime ridden.

‘Giving them money will not cure that.

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Fixing a complicated issue requires actually looking at its root causes.

We already know what the reason is on both sides.

The root cause of mass migration from Mexico and Guatemala isn't "the border", it's the dismal conditions those two countries are in right now, forcing its people to migrate.

Yes, but according to the CBP and ICE a secured border, ending catch and release, arrest and aggressively prosecute repeat offenders, double the man power staff, hiring more agents, end asylum programs, then you would see a sharp drop along the borders, ask CBP, ask ICE…oh, I forget, Washington and the msm don’t want to hear from the people that protect our borders. We have to listen to people like this woman who has now been 73 days since she was appointed border czar and so far we haven’t seen or heard a press conference, nothing, incognito.

Adressing the problem by first talking to the leaders of both countries is infinitely more sensible than a silly photo op in the bushes at the Rio Grande (good old Ted Cruz) or... building a wall.

Which won’t help one bit.

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yes, and see the magnitude of the problem. See what type of people are coming, how they are treated by us and get feedback from the people doing the actual job.

That's what the United States Department of Homeland Security, ICE and the USCIS employees are for. They give briefings to the president and vice-president on the whole situation, and both actually read them (gasp! imagine that! reading the briefings!).

comfirm that people are actually crossing everyday, just walking right across. Confirm unaccompanied children are just being dropped at the border. See it, it could be fake news, right?

Why would any of those agencies lie to their bosses? What are you even talking about? Most of all, how could spending a few hours at the border give you a general view of the whole situation for the past months/years?

you know things you would obviously do

...if you had the mind of a 13 year-old, yeah. Fortunately, the US government is once again populated by actual adults.

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Then go for a few days or for as long as it takes. As the full time assigned “border czar” could have spent the last 73 days there. What else has she done in that time?

how could spending a few hours

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Then go for a few days or for as long as it takes. As the full time assigned “border czar” could have spent the last 73 days there. What else has she done in that time?

Nothing to help and stop the border crisis.

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As the full time assigned “border czar”

Funny how only the right-wing media and republicans call her that. It's almost as if they had an agenda. Oh wait, of course they have.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/harris-gop-border/2021/04/16/c3a2f63e-9e24-11eb-8005-bffc3a39f6d3_story.html

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So far, she has made a couple of great photo ops getting on and off a plane, then back on another one.

Hopefully she will stay in Guatemala until the problem is solved.

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Danielsan

Agree that if she stays in Guatemala for the next 4 years the US will be better off. And at least Joe won’t have to watch his back. She seems to trail around behind him full time when she is in country

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And thiking that the mass immigration problem starts and stops at the border only is a good indicator of how little someone knowsand understands the issue as a whole.

Sorry, I am from California and I born and half of my life raised in Southern California, OC to be exact, so I know full well what goes on along that border as does everyone else that lives there and along the border, Washington doesn't, even Kamala doesn't as she's from Nothern California, so once again, I would NEVER, EVER listen to her, Psaki, Biden or anyone in that WH on TV on anything concerning the border, I will only listen to the CBP, all border agents, and ICE. The rest can go milk a rubber duck and sing that song to the masses that will gobble up their BS.

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Sorry, I am from California and I born and half of my life raised in Southern California, OC to be exact, so I know full well what goes on along that border as does everyone else that lives there and along the border

Orange County isn't on the border.

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Hmmmmm. How visiting for a day or 2 is going to “tackle migration, corruption” is not clear. My guess is they just throw money at this issue like every other one so far

Far better than sitting on your fat backside or playing golf at Mar-A-Lago or entertaining dictators. Yeah, someone said he'd be working so hard he'd have no time for golf. I bet that's all he can do now while he's waiting for prosecution and jail time.

When there's a problem, you face it head on, not sweep it under the carpet or create diversions and new insults. It's refreshing to have adults in the WH now.

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Orange County isn't on the border.

Closer to the border and closer than where Harris was from.

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She is tragically rooted in the pseudo-Marxist dogma that injustice is the cause of illigal immigration. Don't think so, madame VP. The issue is pretty simple- people are crossing the border because they CAN and they won't be deported.

If you want to do something, deploy resources to help the Mexican government with the cartels and organized crime groups, who virtually control the border on the Mexican side. The idea that families spontaneously decide to cross the border on their own is laughable. It is big business, and the people making money are the human traffickers. Every illegal immigrant that is allowed into the US is another two thousand plus dollars into the pocket of a gangster in central America.

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She is tragically rooted in the pseudo-Marxist dogma that injustice is the cause of illigal immigration. Don't think so, madame VP. The issue is pretty simple- people are crossing the border because they CAN and they won't be deported. 

If you want to do something, deploy resources to help the Mexican government with the cartels and organized crime groups, who virtually control the border on the Mexican side. The idea that families spontaneously decide to cross the border on their own is laughable. It is big business, and the people making money are the human traffickers. Every illegal immigrant that is allowed into the US is another two thousand plus dollars into the pocket of a gangster in central America.

That is exactly right and this is not helping the economy, but putting more strain on resources that are limited due to the ongoing pandemic, resources that Americans critically need, and those needs should be prioritized over any illegal alien that comes into the US unlawfully. All the remaining resources that we have and utilize right now is keeping the hands of our border patrol agents beyond busy, it takes 8 hours just to process a family of 4 and that's just crazy and because they are so overwhelmed, there aren't a lot of agents to do what they were hired to do and that is to protect our borders. Dropping little kids over the wall, alone screaming and crying, women being raped and shot in the head, all distractions and green lights for the Cartels to operate and smuggle people into our country with impunity, it is just outrageous and defies the very imagination.

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This doesn’t matter at all given the resources at Harris’ disposal that you can only dream about.

Talking, giving boring speeches, giggling, and bloviating are not reassuring resources to count on.

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Both sides of this debate, stop bickering! We all know this issue will NEVER be solved. No amount of "aid" money is going to change the situation with corrupt governments in power.

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I guess we will see if this effort bears fruit. Personally I think not. Until it is made clear that the border is a real one and that people entering thenUS illegally will be arrested and - in 99% of cases - sent home, they will keep coming in droves. The idea that KH is somehow going to reduce the incentive for traveling to thenUS to make a border crossing attempt is ludicrous.

as for going to the border, a big chunk of politics is making gestures. She remains resolute in not wanting to do so and in keeping her distance. Being seen with kids in cages and all not a good look is what she is thinking

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Talking, giving boring speeches, giggling, and bloviating are not reassuring resources to count on.

I guess you should stop doing them, then.

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I have to admit that Pres. Biden was rather clever to drop this issue on to VP Harris. It is a real no-win situation for her- she tries to limit the numbers crossing and her leftist partners shriek. She prevaricates and the strict control people go nuts. Well played, Joe!

The solution is rather obvious- shut the border, disincentivize crossing illegally. Work with Mexico to eliminate the human traffickers who dominate the area. ALSO, punish Americans who employ illegals. They are providing the incentive that draws many people.

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I guess you should stop doing them, then.

Bingo!!!

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God luck, she's a mean one but too abrasive to be a diplomat and the Biden admin seems to scared to use the big stick.

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How many times did the former guy or little Mikey visit?

One, Biden designated Kamala to be in charge of the border crisis. Two, there wasn't much of a border crisis before Biden opened his mouth about letting immigrants in easier.

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I guess you should stop doing them, then.

Well. I can, I'm not a politician, Kamala is, so tell her to do som.....oh, never mind..lol

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there wasn't much of a border crisis before Biden 

Oh, that's weird. I remember hearing a lot about how it was so awful that we needed a wall to stop all the caravans coming to kill everyone.

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One, Biden designated Kamala to be in charge of the border crisis. Two, there wasn't much of a border crisis before Biden opened his mouth about letting immigrants in easier.

Bingo!

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It'd be nice if she put her time into fixing the gaping holes in the southern US border wall. That just might be a better deterrent against human trafficking.

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Just another example of Trump's incompetence, kicking this border problem down to the next administration. He made so many promises on border security, and utterly failed. There's no wall. Mexico didn't pay for it. Trump kept kids in cages, which arguably led to worse results due to public anger on the incompetence of such a plan.

If Trump had have followed through on his promises, this would not be an issue. The Republicans own this mess, and once again left the democrats to clean it up.

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P.Smith: according to the CBP, approximately 1% of illegal entrants cross through actual ports and coastal areas. Another 1% cross at the northern border. That leaves 98% crossing.......where?

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The real problem is that the Trump administration was claiming they would build a wall using Mexican money. instead, the administration was receiving kickbacks to let illegals through. Now they're blaming Biden for the fallout from those decisions.

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I love how much Harris riles up the right by daring not only to be extremely popular, but also exceptionally confident, while daring to be a woman of color. They are enraaaaaaged! I feel bad for them though, they keep throwing poop and hoping it will stick, but everyone loves her too much. It must be depressing that their usual toxicity is falling on deaf ears.

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Actually VP Harris is anything but popular. She was intensely UNpopular during the Democratic primaries. Remember? She went from second tier to no tier in very short order. Couldn't even carry her own state before dropping out. She is -8% in favorability among Americans according to the latest polls. Like I said, anything but popular.

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No border crisis before a Biden?

Until Trump put an end to catch and release, prosecuted visa overstayers and illegal criminals that broke every law, including those with criminal convictions from their country of origin and in the States. ICE rounded up and deported thousands and then there was very, very little after he fixed what Obama wouldn't do.

Really? You only have to look bs k at Bass’ hysterical posts

Not me, that's in the public records, talk to the CBP.....oh, wait....the msm won't, they want the US to just listen to the people in DC who have never been anywhere near the border.

to see him screeching about caravans

Now you want to undo video and photography? A bit hard to do and remember, they were wearing Biden shirts, let us in. Hmm...

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It turns out Harris has higher polling among Republican voters than Pence managed to get in 4 years.

Sleepy Pence was just too boring.

Our extremists seem to be really angry that Harris is so popular.

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he invited them, he owns this crisis.

Yeah, he owns it more than the Trump administration who took kickbacks from the Mexicans for letting them smuggle in illegals. Got it. Typical republican 'logic'.

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there wasn't much of a border crisis before Biden opened his mouth about letting immigrants in easier.

How strange. I’m sure I heard a lot about a border crisis long before last year. Must have been a load of hot air.

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Oh, that's weird. I remember hearing a lot about how it was so awful that we needed a wall to stop all the caravans coming to kill everyone.

You heard about that in 2015/2016. Didn't hear about that from 2016-2020. In fact, you can go see the many interviews with those waiting at the border that they didn't even dare to attempt to come across the border when Trump was in office. lol I even heard Biden's team was going to patch up parts of the wall instead of your ultimate dream of bulldozing it and stomping on the bricks as they do it.

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You heard about that in 2015/2016. Didn't hear about that from 2016-2020.

Of course not, they were paying the Trump administration to be allowed to enter.

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Strangerland: Pence is out, he is irrelevant. Harris' poll numbers are clear though. Her unfavorables top the favorable by 8%, in particularly "Very unfavorable" tops "favorable" by even more. She is NOT popular. She is also a very poor politician at the retail level, as her terrible presidential campaign revealed. She seems only to get ahead when appointed by, and working under, older men.

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Pence is out, he is irrelevant. Harris' poll numbers are clear though. Her unfavorables top the favorable by 8%, in particularly "Very unfavorable" tops "favorable" by even more. She is NOT popular. She is also a very poor politician at the retail level, as her terrible presidential campaign revealed. She seems only to get ahead when appointed by, and working under, older men.

They really are toxic, that's why you don't hear from her much.

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Strangerland: Pence is out, he is irrelevant.

As a point of comparison, he's entirely relevant. Harris has already polled higher than Pence ever did in four years.

Oh, sorry I keep pointing out your team's utter failures. My bad.

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oh when did this happen? sounds kind of, "without evidency".

I'm quite surprised to see you call yourself out on this post:

he invited them

I'm not at all surprised you're trying to cover up the Trump administration taking payments to allow illegals to be smuggled in. And Fox News is silent about it of course.

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Kamala Harris needs more international negotiation experience to develop her career, and Central America should benefit from more international news coverage -- if the authorities in those countries play their cards right, however corrupt they may be.

Entering this project early in the Biden administration gives it more credibility, and more chance to get results. As well, we now have actual teamwork among skilled team players that was absent during the former administration, focused as it was on licking the boss' boots!

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Harris is the elected VP. Commenting on her dress is sexist

And when you make fun of Trump's hair, weight, skin and call him names, is that justifiable? (Just for the record, I don't think anyone's appearance should be made fun of) but I seriously want to know. Why is it, insulting Trump is ok, but not Harris?

because when it was a man there were no comments. The First Lady is always a woman and there's always interest in her costume. It's not sexist to comment. But the First Lady is always more than just her costume.

I agree and we should uphold the same value to both sexes when it comes to style and presence.

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Who? Be a hero and break through the Fox News silence! Who did this?

You answer my question and I'll answer yours:

I'd like to know how strongly you think Biden should or shouldn't defend Putin after their meeting. Should he be more staunch than Trump in defending Putin to the media, or should he defend Biden to the media a little less than Trump did? And if so, why?

Also, how many love letters and photo ops with Putin do you think would fix the problem? Two letters and three photo ops?

I'm really curious to find out how you feel Trump's performance could be improved upon by BIden.

And for an added one, which side are you on, is Trump still legally president? Was he the victim of a fraud bigger than any ever perpetuated on the American people?

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