President Joe Biden’s Secretary of Education is stumped as to what a woman is. During a House Appropriations Committee hearing, Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona engaged in a “tense back-and-forth” with Georgia Republican Representative Andrew Clyde on Tuesday.
Cardona was defending proposed changes to Title IX rules “that would make it illegal for schools to ban transgender athletes from playing on sports teams consistent with their gender identity” reports the New York Post.
The tentative Title IX rule change unveiled by the Biden administration earlier this month would forbid schools that receive federal funding from implementing a “one size fits all” policy for athletes, but does allow discretion to impose team eligibility rules that would restrict a transgender student’s participation in certain sports if it serves “important educational objectives” — such as competitive fairness and reduction of injury risk.
Schools that choose to impose limits must “minimize harms” to students who lose out on athletics opportunities, the proposal says.
Not only was Cardona unable to say how much the proposed rule would cost taxpayers, but he also failed to respond to the question, “Can you please tell me or can you please define for me what is a woman?” from Representative Clyde.
Cardona deflected the question, stating only that the Department of Education’s focus “is to provide equal access to students including students who are LGBTQ – access free from discrimination.”
Cylde continued with his line of questioning on gender, again asking “What’s the definition of a woman?”
“I think that’s almost secondary to the important role that I have as secretary of education,” Cardona said.
When asked again, Cardona answered that his job” is to make sure that all students have access to public education, which includes co-curricular activities.”
The Biden administration official also refused to go on record with his beliefs on whether “a biological male who self-identifies as a woman should be allowed to compete in women’s sports,” only responding that “all students” should have access to school sports.
“Preventing students from participating on a sports team consistent with their gender identity can stigmatize and isolate them,” the White House said after unveiling the proposed change to the 51-year-old Title IX rules. “This is different from the experience of a student who is not selected for a team based on their skills.”
“Through the Department of Education, President Biden, in my opinion, is attempting to weaponize Title IX, morphing it from a law that protects women to a law that disadvantages or endangers women. Further, the department is doing so with taxpayer dollars, an action that spotlights were your and your president’s true priorities lie in my opinion,” Clyde said.
Michigan asks residents to house migrants, enroll children in school and help adults find employment
Michigan is asking its residents to help with the mess its leadership created and house migrants in their own homes. The state Department of Labor and Economic Development said volunteers who participate must commit for at least 90 days as part of the refugee support program.
In addition to opening up their homes, sponsors are expected to support newly arrived refugees by greeting them at the airport, securing and preparing initial housing, enrolling children in school and helping adults find employment.
“Programs like the Welcome Corps advance the Office of Global Michigan’s mission to make Michigan the home for opportunity for our immigrant, refugee and ethnic communities,” said Poppy Hernandez, Global Michigan Director and Michigan’s Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer. “Expanded refugee resettlement pathways empower more Michiganders to support our state’s growing refugee population and build a more welcoming and inclusive Michigan for all.”
The migrants will come from Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua and Venezuela, all points of origin where many have been hoping to apply for asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border.
Fox News reports “cities like New York and Chicago have also dealt with issues related to migrants committing crimes, as well as pushback from residents who have voiced anger and concern over the influx. Migrant shelters in those cities have largely been full, forcing officials to come up with ways to safely house the migrants.”
Last year, Massachusetts officials asked residents to open their doors as migrant shelters were full at the time. “Most importantly, if you have an extra room or suite in your home, please consider hosting a family. Housing and shelter is our most pressing need and become a sponsor family,” said Massachusetts Lt. Governor Kim Driscoll.
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