President Biden has appointed Vice President Kamala Harris to lead the White House’s efforts to strengthen voting rights, adding to a growing list of responsibilities she has been tasked with, including addressing the “root causes” of migration to Central America and expanding access to broadband.
In his role as a leader in addressing the root causes of migration, Harris has planned trips to Guatemala and Mexico, but has no plans to visit the US-Mexico border. His team tried on several occasions to distance the vice president from the problems on the ground at the border.
Harris and the Biden administration pointed to “root causes” such as violence, poverty, and the climate in Central America for unusually high migration numbers, while Republicans pointed to a rollback in immigration policies. Trump era.
Speaking in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa racial massacre, where 300 black people were killed when a white mob attacked the Greenwood district, known as “Black Wall Street” for his thriving businesses, Biden urged voting groups to “redouble their efforts” to register and educate voters. He declared June a “month of action” for Congress to pass voting rights legislation.
The President called the vote a “sacred right under assault with incredible intensity unlike any I have ever seen” as a number of GOP-led states have enacted voting restrictions since the 2020 election.
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Harris released a statement following the announcement saying voting rights were ‘under attack’ in the United States as more than 300 election security bills across the country had been tabled since the 2020 election She, like Biden, called on Congress to pass the For the People Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act.
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“In the days and weeks to come, I will engage the American people and work with voting organizations, community organizations, and the private sector to help strengthen and scale up suffrage efforts in the United States. “nationwide. And we will also work with members of Congress to help move these bills forward,” the vice president said.
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Texas Democrats walked out of the State House bedroom on Sunday night to temporarily deny republicans the quorum needed to hold a final vote on a controversial bill that would tighten voting laws in the state. Voting restrictions have already become law in the months following elections in Georgia, Florida and Iowa, drawing the ire of Democrats, who widely say the legislation targets voters of color, and sparking condemnation from some leading politicians. companies.
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