Planned Parenthood Action Fund President and CEO Alexis McGill Johnson said Wednesday that Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf shouldn’t be confirmed by the Senate over several policies, including separating families at the U.S. Mexico border.
Wolf’s confirmation hearing before the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee is ongoing Wednesday. He was not immediately available for comment.
The family separation policy has been a tool in addressing a devastating human trafficking network and it’s been policy for years, even under the Obama administration. In 2019, Sara A. Carter and this reporter traveled through rural villages in Guatemala and spoke to residents who confirmed that cartels were ‘recycling’ children to enter the U.S. for nefarious purposes.
Senior Guatemalan government officials, along with sources advocating against child trafficking in the region, told Carter that by not enforcing U.S. policies to stop the flow of illegal migrants the situation became increasingly more dangerous.
In fiscal year 2019, Border Patrol agents found 6,200 fraudulent family members attempting to cross the border.
“Chad Wolf designed the family separation policy that led to thousands of children being illegally separated from their parents,” the abortion advocacy group wrote. “His cruelty to immigrants and disregard for their health and rights is NOT NEW. A vote for Wolf is a vote for family separation. #FreeTheFamilies.”
The tweet may read hypocritical coming from a group that set a record for the number of abortions between 2018 and 2019. During that year, Planned Parenthood performed 345,672 abortions, according to Susan B. Anthony List.
In the past 10 years, Planned Parenthood has performed over 3.3 million abortions, according to the pro-life group.
Still, McGill Johnson argues that Wolf shouldn’t be confirmed because his policy “has proven over and over that he has NO respect for health care access, free speech, or even basic human dignity.”
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Biden Administration Proposes Rule to Fortify Federal Bureaucracy Against Republican Presidency
In a strategic move, the Biden administration has unveiled a proposed rule aimed at reinforcing the left-leaning federal bureaucracy, potentially hindering future conservative policy implementations by Republican presidents. This move has raised concerns about the efficacy of democratic elections when a deep-seated bureaucracy remains largely unchanged, regardless of electoral outcomes.
Key points of the situation include:
Presidential Appointees vs. Career Bureaucrats: Of the 2.2 million federal civil workers, only 4,000 are presidential appointees. The vast majority, made up of career bureaucrats, continue in their roles from one administration to the next. This continuity is facilitated by rules that make it exceedingly difficult to discipline or replace them, resulting in a bureaucracy that tends to lean left politically.
Union Political Affiliation: A striking 95% of unionized federal employees who donate to political candidates support Democrats, according to Open Secrets, with only 5% favoring Republicans. This significant political skew among federal workers raises questions about the potential for political bias in the execution of government policies.
Obstructionism and Challenges for GOP Presidents: Some career bureaucrats have been accused of obstructing Republican presidents’ agendas, leading to policy delays and challenges. For example, during the Trump administration, career lawyers in the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division declined to challenge Yale University’s discrimination against Asian American applicants, prompting Trump to seek legal counsel from other divisions. The case was subsequently dropped when Joe Biden took office.
Biden’s Countermeasures: President Biden has taken steps to protect the bureaucracy’s status quo. In October 2020, Trump issued an executive order aiming to reclassify federal workers who make policy as at-will employees, but Biden canceled it upon taking office.
Proposed Rule and Congressional Actions: The rule unveiled by the Biden administration seeks to further impede a president’s ability to reinstate Trump’s order. Additionally, some Democrats in Congress are pushing to eliminate the president’s authority to reclassify jobs entirely. This has been referred to as an attempt to “Trump-proof the federal workforce.”
Republican Candidates’ Pledge: GOP candidates such as President Donald J Trump, Vivek Ramaswamy, and Ron DeSantis have pledged to address this issue. According to reports from Fox News, Ramaswamy has gone further, advocating for the elimination of half or more of civil service positions, emphasizing the need for accountability.
Debate on the Merit of the Civil Service: While Democrats and their media allies argue that civil service protects merit over patronage, critics contend that the system has evolved into a form of job security for federal workers with minimal accountability. Federal employees often receive higher salaries and more substantial benefits than their private-sector counterparts.
In summary, the Biden administration’s proposed rule and broader actions to protect the federal bureaucracy have sparked a debate over the role of career bureaucrats in shaping government policy.
Republican candidates are vowing to address these concerns, highlighting the need for accountability and ensuring that government agencies work in alignment with the elected president’s agenda. This ongoing debate raises important questions about the relationship between the bureaucracy and the democratic process in the United States.
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