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Joe Biden gave an ominous message to hecklers at a rally Georgia when he was interrupted by them and their disdain for the current immigration system.
The protesters shouted, “end detentions now” and “abolish ICE” as well as “communities not cages” as Biden told a member of his staff to give them a microphone.
“I agree with you, I’m working on it, man, give me another five days,” Biden said in an attempt to end the heckling, and then he explained.
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“Folks, you all know what they’re talking about. There should be no private prisons period. Private detention centers. They should not exist. And we’re working to close all of them,” he said.
But that is not what the hecklers said. They did not mention a thing about private prison. They mentioned abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
“We voted for you too,” one of the protesters said.
“I promise you,” Biden said, The Daily Mail reported.
Biden signed an early executive order phasing out the Department of Justice’s use of private prisons – but that order never extended to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Biden has said in the past that he doesn’t support the leftwing part of the Democratic Party’s call to ‘abolish ICE.’
When running for president in the 2020 cycle, Biden was sporadically interrupted on the campaign trail over Obama-era deportations.
Biden chose a Georgia trip to celebrate his 100th day because the state had delivered for him thrice: once in the November presidential election, swinging it blue for the first time since 1992. And then a second and third time on January 5, with the election of Democratic Sens. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff in two run-off races.
Both Ossoff and Warnock joined Biden onstage at the end of the rally.
At that moment, Biden also briefly lost his mask.
‘Looking for my mask, I’m in trouble,’ the president said as he searched the podium, delaying his departure.
The speech came a mere two days after the Biden White House announced the nomination of Texas, Sheriff Ed Gonzalez.
“Sheriff Ed Gonzalez is a strong choice for ICE Director. With a distinguished career in law enforcement and public service, Sheriff Gonzalez is well-suited to lead ICE as the agency advances our public safety and homeland security mission. I hope the Senate will swiftly confirm Sheriff Gonzalez to this critical position,” Secretary of Homeland Security Mayorkas said of his appointment.
“Separating families who arrive at our border harms children and is an affront to American values. Children should not be in immigration detention, period,” the sheriff, a staunch critic of Donald Trump, tweeted in 2018, CNN reported.
It also comes as Kamala Harris has faced criticism for not going to the border to address what many are calling a crisis.
She said that she will be holding a virtual trade mission and then an in person visit later to address the issues of farmers who have been hit hard by natural disasters in Mexico and El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.
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“We’re making progress, but it’s not going to evidence itself overnight. It will not. But it will be worth it, and I will tell you part of my approach to this is we’ve got to institutionalize the work and also internationalize it,” Harris said.
She said she is working with United Nations Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield to have other nations help stem the tide of migrants.
“Because, again, this is about the Western Hemisphere. We are a neighbor in the Western Hemisphere, and it is also about understanding that we have the capacity to actually get in there, if we are consistent,” Harris said.
And, on brand, she attacked Donald Trump and his administration for damaging ties with other nations and said that she and Biden are working to fix that.
“We have to rebuild it, and I’ve made it very clear to our team that this has to be a function of an American priority, and not just a function of whoever happens to be sitting in this chair,” she said.