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VP Flip Flop: Harris tells reporters she’ll visit the border

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Vice President Harris falsely told reporters in Mexico that she has already made a visit to the southern border and will go again. This comes after she also lied to Lester Holt Tuesday night, saying “we’ve been to the border.”

After meeting with Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador Tuesday, Harris told reporters yet again she had “been to the border before and will go again.”

But, when White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki was asked about the supposed upcoming visit Tuesday, she had no details to share. She couldn’t even give an estimated date for the trip.

“We’re not taking advice from former President Trump or most of the Republicans who are criticizing us on this,” Psaki told reporters at the White House.

You can follow Jenny Goldsberry on Twitter @jennyjournalism.

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Michigan asks residents to house migrants, enroll children in school and help adults find employment

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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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