Kamala Harris blames Trump for the ‘broken’ immigration system with crossings at all-time high


Morgan Phillips

Kamala Harris blames Trump for the ‘broken’ immigration system with crossings at all-time high and says ‘we can’t just flip the switch and make it better’ as new caravan surges north

09:10 EST 18 Nov 2021 , updated 20:14 EST 18 Nov 2021


  • ‘It’s not going to be over night,’ Harris said of the unusually high number of border crossers. ‘We can’t just flip a switch and make it better’
  • ‘We inherited an immigration system that is deeply broken,’ she added 
  • Recent data shows that the US apprehended more than 1.7 million migrants along the US-Mexico border in the 2021 fiscal year 
  • The vice president also hit back at claims she is being misused as vice president, saying she doesn’t feel like she’s being under utilized by President Joe Biden and his team 
  • Her interview came amid reports of chaos in the vice president’s office and frustration among West Wing staff with her and her team 

Vice President Kamala Harris blamed the Trump administration for the ‘broken’ immigration system that saw a record 128 percent rise in migrant crossings in October compared to the same time last year. 

Citing the recorder number of unlawful border crossers, ABC’s George Stephanapoulos asked Harris, the president’s point person on root causes of immigration: ‘What are you doing to turn that around? How long will it take?’ 

‘It’s not going to be over night,’ the vice president conceded. ‘We can’t just flip a switch and make it better.’ 

‘We inherited an immigration system that is deeply broken,’ she added. 

Meanwhile, Republicans have blamed the Biden administration for ending Trump-era border policies, including ‘Remain in Mexico,’ the public charge rule and and loosening of ICE enforcement. 

The Supreme Court reinstated the ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy in August, and the Biden administration made another attempt to end the rule that requires migrants to await trial in Mexico.  

Harris added that migrants do not ‘want’ to leave their home country, but do so out of desperation due to dire conditions in Central and South America. 

The vice president also hit back at claims she is being misused as vice president, saying she doesn’t feel like she’s being under utilized by President Joe Biden and his team. 

‘No. I don’t,’ she told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos in an interview that aired on Good Morning America Thursday morning. ‘I am very, very excited about the work that we have accomplished but I am also absolutely, absolutely clear-eyed that there is a lot more to do and we’re going to get it done.’

She rattled off a list of her accomplishments, including the passage of the bipartisan infrastructure bill, her recent trip to France, her work with members of Congress and her presiding over the Senate as she defended her job as vice president. 

Her interview came amid reports of chaos in the vice president’s office and frustration among West Wing staff with her and her team, which the White House has vigorously pushed back on, denying Harris is being sidelined 

Recent data obtained by the Washington Post shows that the US apprehended more than 1.7 million migrants along the US-Mexico border in the 2021 fiscal year that ended in September, the highest number ever recorded. 

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+12 Migrants sit together while waiting to board a border patrol bus after crossing the Rio Grande into the U.S. on Wednesday

+12 A border patrol officer begins processing a family after they crossed the Rio Grande into the U.S. on Wednesday in La Joya, Texas

+12 CBP encounters with illegal crossers jumped by 128% in October from the same time last year

But in October, there were 164,303 interdictions a 14 percent decrease compared to September. Border Patrol registered 192,001 encounters in September and 209,840 in August after a record-high 213,593 interdictions were reported in July, the peak of the southern border crisis facing the Biden administration.

CBP data showed southern border interdictions increased in each of former President Donald Trump’s last eight full months in office, and the crisis has unraveled in President Joe Biden’s first six full months at the White House.

Despite warnings from the Biden administration warning migrants not to come to the border, thousands have made the journey believing the current administration would treat them more kindly than the last. 

Another caravan of migrants is headed toward the southern border. 

Shocking photos show hordes of Central American migrants riding a tractor trailer to the US as Mexican police continue to clear migrant camps that have sprung up on the southern border.  

Women climbed large tires and some young men carried no more than a backpack as part of a caravan that found momentary respite in a passing truck while walking through the state of Veracruz in southern Mexico on Wednesday.

President Joe Biden has faced questions about his border policies, and whether he should go down to see its effects for himself, as data shows that the US is continuing to detain a record number of migrants along the southern border.

Meanwhile, Biden’s approval rating remains at a low 43 percent and only 40 percent of voters believe the 78-year-old president is in good health, according to a recent Politico/Morning Consult poll.

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+12 The Central American travelers carrying nothing more than a bag in some instances

+12 They were photographed in the Mexican state of Veracruz, which is strongly guarded

+12 The migrants above walked in Donaji in Oaxaca state, bordering Veracruz, on Tuesday

+12 The photos were taken as the US continues to detain a record number of people at the border

In other photos, migrants are seen waking in Oaxaca state, neighboring Veracruz, a day before on Tuesday.

Recent data obtained by the Washington Post shows that the US detained more than 1.7 million migrants along the US-Mexico border between October 2020 and September 2021 – the highest number since 1986. 

Homeland Security Sec. Alejandro Mayorkas was questioned on Harris’ role in immigration. 

‘So what is she doing, exactly?’ the Missourian asked. ‘Y​o​u said she’s not the borders ​czar. ​T​hat’s not ​her role. We’re wrong about that. She’s not doing anything like that. She’s doing something very different, is what your testimony is, but you’re not actually consulting with her ​on any policy. So what is it that she’s doing, exactly?​’​ 

‘​Senator​,​ as I have repeatedly testified, she is focused on addressing the root causes of irregular migration ​i​n the context of the migration channels,’ Mayorkas responded.

‘How’s that been going?’ Hawley retorted.  

‘That is a — We are advancing considerably, and in fact, I am contributing to that effort​,’ said Mayorkas, who cited trips he had made to meet with officials in Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and other countries.

‘And those efforts are working? That’s been successful?’ Hawley asked. ​

‘This is a process that takes time and delivers an enduring solution,’ Mayorkas insisted.

Speaking at a press conference touting the passage of the $1.2 trillion infrastructure plan, Biden furiously defended payments to families separated at the border under Trump’s ‘Zero Tolerance’ policy.

Earlier this month, Fox News‘ David Spunt asked: ‘You said last week, that this report about migrant families at the border getting payments was garbage.’

Biden interrupted: ‘No I didn’t say that, let’s get it straight, you said everybody coming across the border gets $450,000.’

Biden then was forceful in saying he would try to get payments to those families, criticizing former President Donald Trump’s border policy.

‘If in fact, because of the outrageous behavior of the last administration, you coming across the border – whether it was legal or illegal.’ 

Raising his voice into a yell, the president continued: ‘And you lost your child, you lost your child, it’s gone, you deserve some kind of compensation, no matter what the circumstance,’ he said. ‘What that will be, I have no idea.’


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Is Our Justice System Broken

France bans wild circus animals and mink farms


Paris (AFP) – The French parliament voted Thursday to end wild animals being used in live circus shows and outlawed mink farming, in new animal-rights legislation hailed as a step forward by campaigners.

Performances of wild animals such as lions, tigers or bears will be prohibited in two years, and owning them outlawed in seven years, under the wide-ranging law that has been under debate since 2020.

The new regulations, once signed into law by President Emmanuel Macron, will also ban live dolphin shows and mink farming, meaning the country’s last mink producer will close.

Macron’s centrist Republic on the Move (LREM) party called the legislation “a historic step in the animal rights combat,” while former actress and animal rights activist Brigitte Bardot welcomed “a major advance”.

Circus owners denounced it, however, while some campaigners said it did not go far enough.

As well as the measures targeting circuses, the new law will raise the maximum penality for mistreating animals to up to five years in prison and a fine of 75,000 euros ($85,000), and will tighten restrictions on the sale of pets.

Loic Dombreval, the LREM co-sponsor of the law, conceded that other controversial issues had not been included within the scope of the legislation, which won cross-party support in both houses of parliament.

“There will inevitably come a day when… we will debate sensitive issues such as hunting, such as bull-fighting, or some animal-rearing practices,” said the lawmaker, who is also a veterinarian.

Broad support

Polls show that a vast majority of French people support the ban on wild circus animals, and dozens of cities and towns around the country already bar them.

Public opinion in Europe has moved decisively against animal circuses, once a popular form of family entertainment, following revelations about cruel treatment and campaigning from rights groups.

Several events in France in recent years have added momentum for the ban, including the death of a sickly performing bear called Mischa in 2019 that had been rescued from animal trainers, as well as the shooting of an escaped tiger in Paris in 2017.

The tigress, named Mevy, escaped from her enclosure at the Cirque Bormann-Moreno and began roaming the streets of the French capital before being gunned down by her owner in the name of public safety.

France lags behind around 20 European countries that have either banned or heavily restricted the use of animals for entertainment already.

‘Arbitrary law’

Environmentalists and more radical animal rights groups had wanted the new law to improve the conditions inside industrial animal farms.

The group L214, which had sought protections for the “more than a billion intensely farmed animals” in France, welcomed the legislation but said it “lacked courage”.

The group has made a name for itself in France by sending its activists undercover into abattoirs and then publishing videos of the often shocking scenes of animals being mistreated or cut up while still alive.

Farms that make foie gras pate in France — which force-feed birds such as geese and ducks to artificially bloat their livers — have also long been targeted by campaigners, but their operations will not be changed by the new law.

Hunting is staunchly defended by supporters as a traditional rural pastime that is essential to keep animal populations under control, while bull-fighting remains part of local culture in some southern French towns.

The 120 circus owners in France are likely to protest against the new restrictions and have warned that some animals might end up abandoned.

“It’s an arbitrary law because there are not mistreated animals in our circuses,” William Kerwich, head of the circus animal trainers’ union, told AFP.

He said there would be a reaction from his members on Monday, and a legal appeal.

The new legislation also bans the use of wild animals in television shows, nightclubs and private parties.

The French fur industry has fought a dogged rearguard action in recent years against the ban on mink farms and luxury fashion houses going fur-free.


The Beaver Moon partial lunar eclipse on Nov. 19 will be the longest of the century. Here are its stages explained.


Joe Rao

  1. The next eclipse of the moon will greet early risers before dawn on Friday morning (Nov. 19) across North America. 

It will be the second lunar eclipse of 2021 and, in some ways, will be similar to the last one on May 26. Most North Americans will again need to get up early and look low in the west toward daybreak. And again, the farther west you are the better, as the moon will appear much higher from the western part of the continent as opposed to locations farther to the east. It will also be the longest partial lunar eclipse in 580 years, lasting just over 6 hours, with its pass through the darkest part of Earth’s shadow taking about 3 hours, 28 minutes and 23 seconds, and also the longest this century.

But in another way, it will be different. This lunar eclipse will fall just shy of being total; 97.4% of the moon’s diameter will become immersed in the Earth’s dark umbral shadow at maximum eclipse, leaving just the southernmost limb ever-so-slightly beyond the outer edge of the umbra. 

To those watching with the naked eye, binoculars and small telescopes, the lower edge of the moon will likely remain much brighter than the deep red or ochre hue we can expect across the rest of the moon’s face. 

To prepare for the Beaver Moon lunar eclipse of 2021, check out our guide on how to photograph the moon with a camera. If you need imaging gear, consider our best cameras for astrophotography and best lenses for astrophotography to make sure you’re ready for the next eclipse.

A map showing the visibility of the partial lunar eclipse on Nov. 18-19, 2021.
A map showing the visibility of the partial lunar eclipse on Nov. 18-19, 2021. (Image credit: NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio)

Studying the diagram and map courtesy of Fred Espenak’s Eclipsewise.com, along with our timetable, tells what to expect at your location and when. As you watch the progress of the eclipse it appears that the Earth’s shadow is creeping across the moon’s face. But as you can see from the diagram, it’s really the moon that is doing the creeping. As it moves in its orbit around the Earth, the moon moves from west to east (right to left) through the Earth’s shadow. The Mercator map shows that those near the West Coast will see the maximum phase of the eclipse happen high in a dark sky long before sunrise. Skywatchers farther east will find the moon sinking lower toward the west around mid-eclipse. 

If you’re in Hawaii, the eclipse happens deep in the night and nearly overhead. For New Zealand, Australia, Japan, China and Southeast Asia, it comes on the evening of Nov. 19 local date. 

Related: Amazing photos of the Super Flower Blood Moon of 2021 Local circumstances for the partial lunar eclipse on Nov. 19, 2021 EventESTCSTMSTPSTMoon enters penumbra1:02 a.m.12:02 a.m.*11:02 p.m.*10:02 p.m.Penumbra first visible?1:54 a.m.12:54 a.m.*11:54 p.m.*10:54 p.m.Moon enters umbra2:18 a.m.1:18 a.m.12:18 a.m.*11:18 p.m.Mid-eclipse4:02 a.m.3:02 a.m.2:02 a.m.1:02 a.m.Moon leaves umbra5:47 a.m.4:47 a.m.3:47 a.m.2:47 a.m.Penumbra last visible?6:10 a.m.5:10 a.m.4:10 a.m.3:10 a.m.Moon leaves penumbra7:03 a.m.6:03 a.m.5:03 a.m.4:03 a.m.

*Times listed with an asterisk denote times prior to midnight; the corresponding calendar date is Nov. 18.

Because the moon will arrive at apogee — the farthest point in its orbit from Earth — on Nov. 20, it will also be moving at its slowest speed in its orbit. That’s why it will seem to move at an almost “leisurely pace” through the Earth’s shadow, taking over 100 minutes from the time of first umbral contact to the time of greatest eclipse, and vice versa (greatest eclipse to last umbral contact). 

Phases of the eclipse

This diagram shows the stages of the partial lunar eclipse on Nov. 18-19, 2021.
This diagram shows the stages of the partial lunar eclipse on Nov. 18-19, 2021. (Image credit: NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio)

This eclipse will occur in five phases, with different things to watch for at each.

Phase 1: “Moon enters penumbra” is when the moon’s leading edge enters the pale outer fringe of Earth’s shadow: the penumbra. But the shadow is so weak that most people won’t see anything of the penumbra until about 70% of the moon’s diameter is inside of it. Watch for a slight darkening to become apparent on the moon’s celestial southeast (lower left) side. The penumbral shading gradually becomes more evident as the moon moves deeper in.

Phase 2: “Moon enters umbra” marks the beginning of the partial eclipse. This will be a much more obvious and dramatic sight as the moon’s leading-edge slips into the umbra, where no direct sunlight reaches. With a telescope, watch as the umbra’s edge engulfs various lunar features such as craters, mountains and valleys.

And as the moon wanes to a crescent, be sure to take a look around the sky. Before the eclipse began, the sky was bright; the moon acting like a spotlight obliterating all but the brightest stars. But as the moon becomes more and more diminished, you’ll begin seeing more and more of the fainter stars. At maximum eclipse, the moon could appear nearly 10,000 times dimmer than before the eclipse began. One object that will certainly stand out during the darkest phase of the eclipse will be the famous Pleiades star cluster which will be positioned about a half dozen degrees above and slightly to the right of the moon. 

Phase 3: “Maximum eclipse” will be when just a final bright arc remains on the moon’s lower rim, while the rest of the moon is showing a foreboding reddish glow. This ruddy coloration shining onto the moon is sunlight that has skimmed and bent through the Earth’s atmosphere; the combined light of all the sunrises and sunsets that ring our world at this particular moment. If an astronaut were on the lunar surface. He or she would see the sun hidden behind a dark Earth ringed with a thin, brilliant band of reddish or orange-yellow light. If our hypothetical astronaut were located on the moon’s southernmost regions, however, a narrow edge of the sun would be evident along the dark edge of the Earth. At this time, 97.4% of the moon will be immersed in the Earth’s dark shadow.

Dark or bright?

The mainstream media has come to refer to a total (or in this case, almost total) lunar eclipse as a “blood moon” because the moon’s tendency to glow a ruddy color at maximum eclipse. 

But this is not always so. 

Two factors affect a lunar eclipse’s color and brightness. The first is how deeply the moon penetrates into the umbra; the umbra’s center is much darker compared to its edge. The other factor is the state of the Earth’s atmosphere along the sunrise/sunset line. If the air is very clear, the eclipse is bright with shades of reddish copper or orange, almost like a shiny new penny. But in the aftermath of a major volcanic eruption, the stratosphere, about 30 miles (50 km) high, becomes polluted with an aerosol cloud — a thin global haze — causing the moon to appear more similar to a chocolate brown, ashen gray, or on rare occasions (as was the case in 1963 and 1992) almost totally black. 

In addition, look carefully near the moon’s south rim for tinges of blue that is slightly refracted through, and tinted by, Earth’s ozone-rich upper atmosphere.

Final phases

Phase 4: “Moon leaves umbra.” After the partial eclipse attains its maximum and as the moon continues eastward along its orbit, events replay in reverse sequence. 

Phase 5: “Moon leaves penumbra.” When the last scallop of the Earth’s umbra exits the moon’s disk, only the last, penumbral shading is left. By about 25 minutes later, nothing unusual remains at all and our November full moon appears as bright as ever. 

If it’s cloudy, North Americans won’t have to wait long for more lunar eclipses. In 2022 there will be two total eclipses, the first coming on May 15-16 and the second occurring on Nov. 8. Both will be visible across much of North America, with the first coming during “prime-time” evening-to-midnight hours, while the second takes place (again) during the early hours of the morning; moonset and sunrise will interrupt the latter stages for those living in the East. Interestingly, in both cases the duration of totality will be the same, lasting 85 minutes. 

Joe Rao serves as an instructor and guest lecturer at New York’s Hayden Planetarium. He writes about astronomy for Natural History magazine, the Farmers’ Almanac and other publications. Follow us on Twitter @Spacedotcom and on Facebook.

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Joe Rao

Joe Rao is Space.com’s skywatching columnist, as well as a veteran meteorologist and eclipse chaser who also serves as an instructor and guest lecturer at New York’s Hayden Planetarium. He writes about astronomy for Natural History magazine, the Farmers’ Almanac and other publications.


At just 36% support, Biden slips to a record low in a new poll


Paul Steinhauser

President Biden‘s poll numbers keep heading in the wrong direction.

The president’s approval rating stands at 36%, with disapproval at 53% in a new Quinnipiac University national poll. That’s the president’s lowest level of public support in Quinnipiac polling since taking over in the White House in January.

Biden’s approval edged down a point and his disapproval trickled up a point from Quinnipiac’s October survey.



As expected, there’s a huge partisan divide, with Democrats by a 87%-7% margin giving the president a thumbs-up and Republicans disapproving by a 94%-4% margin. Only 29% of independent voters approve of how Biden’s handling his duties steering the country, with 56% disapproving.

The president stood at 49% approval and 51% disapproval in a separate national poll from Marquette University Law School that was also released on Thursday. Biden’s approval in the survey, conducted Nov. 1-10, was down nine points from Marquette’s last poll, from July.

President Biden signs the "Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act" during an event on the South Lawn of the White House, Monday, Nov. 15, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Biden signs the “Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act” during an event on the South Lawn of the White House, Monday, Nov. 15, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) (AP )

Biden stands at 41% approval and 53% disapproval in an average of all the latest public opinion surveys that was compiled by Real Clear Politics.

The president received his lowest grades to date on four key issues in the new Quinnipiac poll, which was conducted Nov. 11-15. Biden stood at 45% approval and 50% disapproval on combating the coronavirus pandemic; 41%-48% on climate change; 34%-59% on dealing with the economy and 33%-55% on handling foreign policy.


“The President’s numbers are unsettling though slightly better than former President Trump’s approval at the same stage of his presidency,” Quinnipiac University polling analyst Tim Malloy told Fox News.

“What may be most concerning is that overall ‘satisfaction’ is at an all-time low, and, significantly, 50% of those polled are ‘very dissatisfied,’” Malloy emphasized.

“That is a gut punch, accompanied by the handling of the economy number which has dropped 5 points from 39% approval to 35% since October the 6th.”

President Biden walks out of the White House toward Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Friday, Nov. 12, 2021, as he heads to Camp David for the weekend.

President Biden walks out of the White House toward Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Friday, Nov. 12, 2021, as he heads to Camp David for the weekend. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

The poll also indicates the public’s split over whether the president cares about average Americans. And it suggests that a slight majority (52%-41%) say Biden’s not honest, and that a larger majority (57%-37%) say the president doesn’t have good leadership skills.

Biden’s approval rating hovered in the low to mid 50s during his first six months in the White House. But the president’s numbers started sagging in August in the wake of Biden’s much criticized handling of the turbulent U.S. exit from Afghanistan and following a surge in COVID cases this summer among mainly unvaccinated people due to the spread of the highly infectious delta variant as the nation continues to combat the coronavirus, the worst pandemic to strike the globe in a century. 


The plunge in the president’s approval was also compounded by the most recent surge of migrants trying to cross into the U.S. along the southern border with Mexico. Also fueling frustrations with the president’s performance has been the rise this summer and autumn in consumer prices.

Sixty-one percent of those surveyed say the nation’s economy is getting worse, with seven in 10 saying increased prices for things such as food and gasoline have caused them to change their spending habits. 

Fifty-four percent of those questioned in the poll said they don’t think the Democratic Party cares about the needs and problems of people like them. But a slightly higher 56% had the same complaint about the Republican Party.

A slight majority said the Democratic Party had moved too far to the left, and Democrats in Congress scored a dismal 31%-59% approval/disapproval rating. But the numbers were even worse for Republicans in Congress, who had a negative 25%-62% job approval rating.

Regardless, those questioned in the poll said by a 46%-28% margin they would want to see the Republican Party win control of the House of Representatives if the midterm elections were held today, with 16% not offering an opinion. And by a 46%-40% margin, those surveyed said they’d like to see the GOP win the Senate majority, with 15% not offering an opinion.


Democrats will be defending their razor-thin House and Senate majorities in next year’s midterms, when the entire 435-member House and one-third of 100-member Senate are up for grabs.

The Quinnipiac University Poll questioned 1,376 adults nationwide and had a overall sampling error of plus or minus 2.6 percentage points.


Petition · Cut U​.​S. taxpayer funding for the Wuhan Animal Lab & other foreign labs! · Change.org


Last spring, just as COVID-19 hit our shores, a White Coat Waste Project investigation revealed that taxpayer funding from the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) was secretively funneled to the notorious Wuhan Institute of Virology for wasteful and dangerous experiments on coronavirus-infected bats and other animals… including experiments that the State Department warned posed a pandemic risk.

Just one week after we released our international exposé, the White House cut funding for these animal experiments at the Wuhan Institute of Virology,

But now, despite being actively investigated for its role in the origins of COVID-19, the NIH says the Wuhan Institute of Virology, and 26 other labs in China, are still eligible to spend U.S. taxpayer money for wasteful, cruel, and hazardous animal experiments until 2024!

We need your help telling the U.S. government to permanently end taxpayer funding for the Wuhan Animal Lab and all other animal testing in China and other foreign countries!Want to know how else your money has been squandered?

Let’s just say the NIH is addicted to spending tens of millions of your tax money at foreign labs where animals are made to get hooked on drugs.

In recent years, Uncle Sam sent $11.6 million of your money to the U.K. to addict “junkie monkeys” to cocaine, morphine, and heroin, over $700,000 to hook zebrafish on nicotine, and $4.9 million to force pregnant mice to consume alcohol to cause birth defects.

It’s time to just say no to this cruel and wasteful spending. Please join me and White Coat Waste Project in urging the U.S. government to cut funding for ALL animal experiments in foreign labs.