July 31, 2021

White House says Jill Biden will no longer lead migrant reunification effort

As the situation at the southern border continues to escalate to crisis proportions, it appears that the White House is taking steps to shield one of its key assets from the rising political heat.

Despite earlier indications that she would be taking the lead on an administration migrant family reunification initiative, the Daily Wire reports that first lady Dr. Jill Biden is now backing away from the previously announced role altogether.

Late last month, the Washington Examiner noted that Mrs. Biden had been tapped to be the public-facing voice of a family reunification task force, in what some saw as a way to capitalize on her popularity, then pegged at roughly 57% favorability, according to a Gallup survey, and to provide political cover for other administration members who have future designs on higher office.

At the time, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas hailed the move, saying that the first lady “has driven us to action through her personal commitment to this moral imperative,” adding:

…that moral imperative is to reunite the families and restore them to the fullest capacity that we, as the United States government, can do.

According to reporting from Forbes, sources close to the matter confirmed that Mrs. Biden, “alongside her East Wing staff” would have an “active role” in the reunification process, a decision the first lady made after a visit late last year to an asylum camp for migrants impacted by former President Trump’s “remain in Mexico” policy.

Politico now reports, however, that Mrs. Biden will play “no formal role” in initiatives designed to reunite migrant children with their families, something which has disappointed immigration activists, with one advocate telling the outlet, “I’m a little worried it’s deprioritized or viewed as politically sensitive.”

The first lady’s own staffers have taken pains to assert – despite Mayorkas’ earlier suggestion to the contrary – that she had never been given an official position related to this issue, saying:

The work of the task force is being led by the Department of Homeland Security. As the task force is an interagency task force, with members comprised of representatives from the relevant federal government agencies, the First Lady does not have any formal role.

The Biden administration’s decision to backpedal on putting the first lady in the middle of an increasingly volatile political issue is not terribly surprising, especially in light of recently released photos and witness accounts that lay bare the deteriorating conditions under which migrant youth in massive numbers are being held.

As the migrant surge resulting from the reversal of Trump-era immigration policy continues to spiral out of control, it may indeed be possible to protect Mrs. Biden from the worsening fallout, but hopefully the decision-makers who bear ultimate responsibility for this disaster will not be similarly spared.

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  1. Jill Biden was not interested in helping at the border, only in putting her name on it. Till the problem got to big to handle, then she ran for cover, just like the Democrats do.

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    1. THEY are corrupted criminals!! They are thee most worse family in history!! that Dem’s wanted a prez that lied stoled from all people!! Cancer Society. China owns. Russia got millions!! Jill is as much a joke as him!! She knows all bout what Joe has done. Not to mention pedifiles!! Joke!! She’s not a Dr either!! Why do you call a teacher a Dr? I hate whats happening in our life!! ✌😤

  2. PEOPLE….!!!!!! Our Country is in REAL TROUBLE……With the Clowns that are Running It.!!! Who, When, Where, and How…..Is Someone Going to Put a HALT to It.??????????? Is this Mickey Mouse Fun Club going to be what we watch and see for 4 Years.???? Our Country has Never had the Military Step In to Get Things Straightened Out, BUT – – This Might Be the First Case in History.!!! Will It Happen.??? Needs to Happen.!!!! Then We Just Start Over with a New Legal and Lawful ELECTION…… Then Maybe We Will Have Some True American Leaders – AGAIN.!!

    1. I just read that the donkeys are interviewing the military to find out what their ideological leaning is, it its republican, Trump or Right, they will be yanked out.! Is this true? I woulcdnt be srprsed, this would be our last line of defense!

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  3. Why are we “keeping” any illegal immigrants? Send them back as soon as they make it across the border. We have no obligation to allow those who come here illegally take benefits that are reserved for legal American citizens. Nor do we have any obligation to house them in any fashion. Those who come here illegally amount to criminal invaders and should be dealt with as such. The only answer is to immediately return them to their country of origin. That would certainly be a better use of tax dollars than this endless incarceration. Dreamers? Let them dream in their home country. If that sounds callous so be it. We will not be a sovereign nation as long as we do not protect our borders from incursions. It’s time to stop the nonsense.

  4. Oh yes its to dangerous for Jill Biden to do the illegal unification what about Gila Az population 2000 where bus loads of illegals were dropped of. No support from biden this is inhumane to say the least Texas is being bombarded and there are still millions to come Our veterns living under bridges because biden ignores them
    childern dumpster diving to survive Elderlies eating can dog food cause they cant afford anything else. And borders open allowing million to come in illegally because of a democrat executive order Id say that may be a serious problem We need Trump We voted Trump in The democrats fixed the election in there favor and look were we are God Bless America

  5. Oh yes its to dangerous for Jill Biden to do the illegal unification what about Gila Az population 2000 where bus loads of illegals were dropped of. No support from biden this is inhumane to say the least Texas is being bombarded and there are still millions to come Our veterns living under bridges because biden ignores them
    childern dumpster diving to survive Elderlies eating can dog food cause they cant afford anything else. And borders open allowing million to come in illegally because of a democrat executive order Id say that may be a serious problem We need Trump We voted Trump in The democrats fixed the election in there favor and look were we are God Bless America

  6. All she wants I feel is having her mane in print or over the air on social media sites which is most media these days. All lean severely far left, may as well be in China.

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