Vice President Kamala Harris was widely mocked and criticized for laughing in response to a reporter’s recent question about reports that undocumented migrant children in San Diego, California, received in-person education even as public schools remained closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Among her harshest detractors was Fox News Channel personality Katie Pavlich.
“Kids are falling behind”
“I don’t understand what she thinks is funny,” the Outnumbered co-host said during Tuesday’s broadcast. “American parents are getting screwed.”
Pavlich went on to assert that “kids are falling behind and the very people Democrats claim to be standing up for, minority students, aren’t getting an education and aren’t going to be able to compete with their peers in the United States, not to mention the world.”
When confronted on the issue of parents forced to help their children with online learning because teachers’ unions are pushing to keep campuses closed, however, the vice president erupted into laughter during her response.
Kamala Harris laughs hysterically when discussing struggling parents who aren’t able to send their kids to school. pic.twitter.com/h4O4Ujkc4T
— Mythinformed MKE (@MythinformedMKE) March 29, 2021
“We’re not paying them nearly enough,” Harris said, declaring affordable childcare “a big deal” before letting out a hearty laugh.
“Introduce them to the arts”
As recent reports confirm, a San Diego facility is opening with the goal of caring for hundreds of teenage migrants who have recently crossed the nation’s southern border.
The San Diego County Office of Education has agreed to provide volunteer teachers for girls staying at the facility. Meanwhile, San Deigo public schools are pursuing a plan to return to hybrid learning with a combination of online and in-person classes beginning on April 12.
Roberto Carrillo, a principal at the office of education, defended the program, stating: “We definitely want to introduce them to the arts, the visual arts and the performing arts.”
In a statement to Fox News, however, San Diego Supervisor Jim Desmond took a different stance.
“We have 130,000 kids who haven’t been allowed in a classroom for over a year in the San Diego Unified School District,” he said. “It’s great that there’s in-person learning for those unaccompanied minors from Central America, but I wish every child in San Diego County was allowed the same opportunity for in-person learning.”