Questions raised over inclusion of VP Harris’ children’s book in welcome kit for migrant children

It was in March that President Joe Biden appeared to task Vice President Kamala Harris as his point person on immigration and the border, a responsibility that Harris and the White House have since attempted to wriggle out of, clarifying that the VP is just focused on addressing the “root causes” of migration.

As such, Harris has yet to visit the southern border or any of the facilities holding newly arrived unaccompanied migrant children. A children’s book written by the vice president, however, has been spotted in such facilities, the New York Post reported — prompting questions of how and why.

Harris’ children’s book

Photos recently emerged from a new temporary influx facility for housing unaccompanied migrant children that was established within the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center in southern California.

One of those photos showed what appeared to be the contents of a welcoming kit for new arrivals, which contained several basic hygiene items as well as a copy of Harris’ 2019 children’s book titled Superheroes Are Everywhere, which seeks to encourage and reassure all children that, “Whenever there’s trouble, superheroes show up just in time.”

Questions raised

The clear implication to be drawn from the inclusion of this book, whether intended or not, is that Harris, and by the extension to the Biden administration, are the “superheroes” who have swooped in “just in time” to save the migrant children from the “trouble” they faced.

In addition to that implication, there remain questions concerning who made the decision to include the book, if Harris was somehow profiting from the arrangement, and whether it posed a conflict of interest or violated any federal ethics laws.

According to Fox News, an unnamed White House official insisted that the vice president had no knowledge of the book’s inclusion.

Instead, it was suggested that the books in welcome kits were most likely organized and provided by the local community. Fox News reached out to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for information on who might be organizing the kits and purchasing the books but did not receive a response.

White House responds

The Washington Examiner also looked into the inclusion of Harris’ book in welcome kits for migrant children and reported that, according to the White House, the books had been part of a citywide collections drive to donate books and toys to children who would be staying at the new influx facility.

The outlet also reached out to HHS for comment, as well as the book’s publisher, Philomel Books, and the American Library Association, but similarly received no responses.

While this may end up not being a big deal in the larger picture, imagine for a moment that, during the prior administration, children’s books about then-President Donald Trump — or perhaps conservative talk radio’s Rush Limbaugh’s patriotic series of children’s books — had been similarly provided to migrant children. Then imagine what the reaction might have been from the corporate media and Democratic politicians. Where’s the outrage now?

Editor’s note: The New York Post has since issued a correction on this story indicating that “only one known copy” of Kamala Harris’ book was given to a child at a migrant housing facility in California. 

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