President Joe Biden’s actions and rhetoric have been linked to a worsening immigration crisis along the nation’s southern border — and the recent actions of first lady Jill Biden have only bolstered that perception.
According to reports, she recently visited a private school in Kansas that is operated by a Democratic donor who has openly advised undocumented immigrants regarding how to avoid arrest and deportation by border agents.
“Our gracious hosts”
As Fox News explained, El Centro Academy for Children CEO and President Irene Caudillo is also a vocal proponent of the controversial critical race theory, which critics say portrays whites as racist oppressors and minorities as victims. She reportedly wants such lessons to be included in grade-school curricula.
For her part, the first lady offered high praise of the school in a tweet following her visit on Tuesday.
Strength. Community. Passion.
Thank you El Centro Academy for Children for all you do and for being our gracious hosts today. pic.twitter.com/a0IPmqRfhu
— Jill Biden (@FLOTUS) October 12, 2021
Specifically, Biden’s tweet mentioned Small Business Administration head Isabel Guzman and U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids (D-KS), both of whom accompanied her to the school.
Caudillo has reportedly donated to the campaigns of both the president and Davids, who invited the first lady to the meeting this week.
Possible Biden backlash
The trip to the El Centro Academy could prove problematic for the Biden administration, however, given the fierce political activism of its leader.
According to the Washington Free Beacon, the school’s non-profit arm, which is also operated by Caudillo, has produced a number of videos explicitly instructing undocumented immigration how to avoid arrest and deportation — including advice to ignore the commands of officials and to contact a well-connected member of the local community.
That report also revealed that Caudillo has pressured the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce to create “safe spaces” within the metro area to serve as sanctuaries where migrants can seek refuge without the enforcement of federal immigration laws.
Furthermore, the school is reportedly funded and supported by UnidosUS, an immigration-focused group that also promotes critical race theory. Adding to the controversy is Caudillo’s status as a board member of Revolucion Educativa, an affiliate of Latinx Education Collaborative, which heavily promotes the divisive theory.
For now, at least, the Biden administration is not addressing concerns about the first lady’s trip. The Free Beacon noted that the White House did not respond to a request for comment, though Caudillo claimed that immigration was not a topic of discussion during the visit.