While Vice President Kamala Harris still hasn’t visited America’s southern border in person, her name has apparently been popping up at a new temporary housing facility for unaccompanied migrant children.
According to the New York Post, a children’s book authored by Harris in 2019 was distributed as part of a “welcome kit” for young migrants who wind up at the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center, which has been converted into a makeshift shelter amid a growing immigration crisis.
White House plays ignorant
According to the Post, pictures from inside the Long Beach facility show the welcome kits include clothing and basic hygiene items, and at least one photo showed a copy of Superheroes Are Everywhere, which was published while Harris was serving in the U.S. Senate.
The inclusion of the book raises numerous questions, including perhaps most importantly: Is Harris profiting off of all this?
According to Fox News, an unnamed White House official said the vice president had no knowledge of and nothing to do with the distribution of her book to migrant children.
Instead, the Biden official suggested that the effort was likely organized by members of the local community.
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) didn’t respond to Fox’s request for comment.
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Books for the kids
HHS also didn’t respond to questions from the Washington Examiner about the inclusion of Harris’ book in the welcome pack. When the Examiner reached out to the White House, they got a response not dissimilar to the statement received by Fox:
A White House official told the Washington Examiner that the book was part of a citywide donation effort to collect books and toys for the children and that Harris was not aware of it.
The Examiner also sought comment from Harris’ publisher, Philomel Books, which sells the VP’s book on Amazon for $11.85, but received no response.
In the meantime, the crisis at the border is only continuing to escalate thanks at least in part to the policies of Vice President Harris and her counterpart in the Oval Office. According to ABC News, some 172,000 migrants crossed into the U.S. in March alone, making it the biggest month in nearly two decades.
Among those were nearly 19,000 children, NPR reported. It’s a shame the vice president can’t even bother to visit the border to see if there’s anything she could do to actually help the situation.
Editor’s note: The New York Post has since issued a correction on this story indicating that “only one known copy” of Kamala Harris’ book was given to a child at a migrant housing facility in California.