Speaking at the Washington Conference on the Americas, Vice-President Kamala Harris, despite the fact that in 2019 as a presidential candidate she reportedly would not rule out packing the Supreme Court with additional justices, and still has not done so, pontificated that “an independent judiciary is critical to a healthy democracy and a strong economy.” Harris also posited that some of the “root causes” of the vast number of immigrants flooding the Southern border included the “lack of climate adaption and climate resilience.”
Harris opined, “So we want to help. Our administration wants to help. We want to pick back up the kind of work President Joe Biden started when he was vice-president. We want to help people find hope at home. And so, we are focused on addressing both the acute factors and the root causes of migration. And I believe this is an important distinction: we must focus on both. First, the acute factors, the catastrophes that are causing people to leave right now: the hurricanes, the pandemic, the drought, and extreme food insecurity.”
“And then there are the long-standing issues, the root causes,” she continued. “And I’m thinking of corruption, violence, and poverty. The lack of economic opportunity. The lack of climate adaption and climate resilience. The lack of good governance.”
Then Harris segued to her contention that a healthy democracy needed an independent judiciary, saying, “Just this weekend we learned that the Salvadoran parliament moved to undermine its nation’s highest court. An independent judiciary is critical to a healthy democracy and a strong economy.”
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