Vice-President Kamala Harris travels to Mexico today to meet with the country’s president, Alejandro Giammattei. But Harris is already drawing some criticism on her first official foreign trip.
In Guatemala yesterday, Harris was blunt in telling would-be migrants “do not come” to the US border.
Her spokeswoman, Symone Sanders, appeared to try to soften that statement today:
The Guardian’s Julian Borger looks into some other questions raised by the measures Harris announced in Guatemala:
Manchin to meet with Black civil rights leaders about voting rights
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Two days after publishing an op ed on why he won’t vote for voting rights legislation for which he was a key vote, Democratic West Virginia senator Joe Manchin will meet with critics on the left today.
Black and civil rights leaders have long fought against what many Democrats have categorized as Republican efforts to restrict voter access in communities of color.
And they’re not happy.
Manchin’s decision leave Democrats scrambling on what to do next on the For the People Act, which would ensure automatic and same-day registration, place limits on gerrymandering and restore voting rights for felons.
It comes as Joe Biden said he would “fight like heck” for voting protections, putting Vice-President Kamala Harris in charge of the White House’s efforts.
Our voting rights reporter Sam Levine takes a deeper look at the impact of Manchin’s decision here: