December 24, 2019
Imagine a president campaigning in a foreign country that isn’t Israel.
Former second lady Dr. Jill Biden, whose husband, former vice president Joe Biden, is running for the 2020 Democrat nomination, handed out tamales and Christmas gifts to migrants in Mexico as part of a visit with local leaders on Sunday.
Biden toured a migrant camp across the border from Brownsville, Texas, home to over 2,000 asylum-seekers. Many of the migrants, often referred to as MPPs, have remained in Mexico as part of the Department of Homeland Security’s Migrant Protection Protocols program as they await hearings before U.S. immigration officials.
— Border Report (@BorderReportcom) December 23, 2019
“It’s heartbreaking. It’s really heartbreaking,” Biden said of the camp, according to Border Report. “Across the river is the flag of the United States. The flag of the United States offers people hope. They’re bringing their families and their loved ones here for hope of a better future and a better life for themselves.”
Jill Biden attended event with asylum-seekers in Matamoros, Mexico. pic.twitter.com/ZSbCUpe4yM
— The Hill (@thehill) December 23, 2019
“We are all immigrants and our nation was built on immigration and immigrants and we are welcoming nation, but that’s not the message we are sending here at the border. We’re saying ‘Stop, don’t come in!’ And that’s not who we are,” she added.
Joining Biden was Rep. Filemon Vela (D-TX), who told ABC 50 that the purpose of the trip was to bring the Christmas spirit south of the border.
“Given the fact that it’s Christmas time, it was important to do something special for these people,” said Vela.
“A few months ago we had to come to the frank realization that long-term, unless something happens to MPP soon, we couldn’t expect things were going to change for them. That’s why everybody here has stepped up,” he told the former second lady.
This was clearly a campaign event.
I wonder why he sent his wife instead of going himself?
Was there some kind of fear about optics?
Obviously, going down to a refugee camp in Mexico and campaigning with the refugees is saying “don’t worry, when I’m in, all of you are getting in.”
I guess by sending his wife, he sends the message without drawing too much attention to the message he is sending.
He is still trying to play “moderate.”
But the whole thing about why we have to let all of these people into our country is that it isn’t safe in Mexico.
Wasn’t he worried about his wife’s safety?
Was he trying to get her killed?