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Mexico is busing asylum-seeking migrants to southern border

Mexico is busing asylum-seeking migrants to southern borderThe Mexican government said Friday it is busing migrants who have applied for asylum in the United States to the southern Mexico state of Chiapas. About 30,000 migrants have been sent back to northern Mexican border cities to await U.S. asylum hearings under a policy known as “Remain in Mexico” under which they have to wait for hearings months away.



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Biden and Harris revive dispute on busing and criminal justice

Biden and Harris revive dispute on busing and criminal justiceThe California senator and the former vice president go another round on the topic of busing.



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Harris Dispute With Biden on Busing Carries Into Iowa Stops

Harris Dispute With Biden on Busing Carries Into Iowa Stops(Bloomberg) — Kamala Harris renewed her criticism of Joe Biden for his opposition to busing as a senator in the 1970s, extending a dispute between the two Democratic presidential contenders sparked at last week’s debate.“I’ve asked him and have yet to hear him agree that busing, that was court-ordered and mandated in most places and in that era in which I was bused, was necessary and he has yet to agree that his position on this, which was to work with segregationist and oppose busing was wrong. Period,” the California senator told reporters Thursday in Indianola, Iowa.Biden, who also was campaigning in Iowa, said, “I don’t have to atone” and had always been a strong supporter of civil rights. He declined to criticize Harris, saying the Democratic presidential contenders must avoid engaging in “a circular firing squad” that will be damaging to all candidates.The spat is carried over from an exchange Harris and Biden had on stage during the first debate in Miami last week. Harris, one of two African American candidates vying for the black vote as a ticket to the White House, criticized him in deeply personal terms about his record of opposition, when he was in the Senate, to federally mandated busing to desegregate schools. While busing hasn’t been an issue in the Democratic campaign, race and equality are major points of discussion.“Do we need to do a quick lesson in history, which is that there were forces and individuals and supposedly leaders in our country who actively worked against the integration of schools based on race?” Harris, who’s seen her poll number jump since the debate, said Thursday. “But he has yet to agree that the position he took then was what’s wrong. And, and he and I just disagree on that. ”Local ControlBut she also faced questions about her own stance on whether busing should be federally mandated.“Thankfully we’re not in that position where we have governments standing in the way of integration of our schools, but we still do have segregation in our schools,” Harris said. “So it needs to be addressed and of course I am in support of whatever tool is available to those school districts to implement further integration.”Leaving it to school districts to determine whether to bus students was largely the argument Biden was making. The former vice president on Thursday said Harris was “absolutely right” that local education officials should determine whether busing should be part of a means to tackle segregation.Biden said he wouldn’t respond to attacks from rivals by digging up controversies from their pasts.“I’m not going to go back and use the same tactic they’re trying to use,” he said in Independence, where he walked in a Fourth of July parade. “I’m not going to go back and talk about the record of anyone from 10, 20, 30 years ago. There’s a lot out there that a lot of people would like to do differently than they did but everything is lost in context.”Asked if he understood that the conversation about race has changed, he said: “Absolutely, positively I do. As much or more than anyone.”Biden told CNN in an interview aired Friday that he wasn’t prepared for Harris to confront him on issues of race the way she did during the debate, given his record on civil rights and because he knew Harris well and she also knew his late son, Beau Biden.“I was prepared for them to come after me, but I wasn’t prepared for the person coming at me the way she came at me,” Biden said.On Wednesday, members of Biden’s communications team had dueled with Harris’s campaign on Twitter about the busing issue.Biden deputy campaign manager Kate Bedingfield tweeted in response that “it’s disappointing that Senator Harris chose to distort Vice President Biden’s position on busing — particularly now that she is tying herself in knots trying not to answer the very question she posed to him!”Harris’s national press secretary Ian Sams responded by saying that Biden had called busing an “asinine concept” and the back-and-forth continued with Sams later adding that he and Harris both thought Biden is “a good guy” and “That’s why a simple ‘working with segregationists to stop busing 40 years ago was wrong, and I shouldn’t have done it’ would be welcome.”He was referring to Biden’s comments from last month about working with two senators in the 1970s who were advocates of segregation.(Updated with Biden on CNN in 12th paragraph.)To contact the reporters on this story: Misyrlena Egkolfopoulou in Indianola, Iowa at megkolfopoul@bloomberg.net;Jennifer Epstein in Des Moines at jepstein32@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Joe Sobczyk at jsobczyk@bloomberg.net, Max BerleyFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



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Joe Biden says that he wasn't prepared for Kamala Harris' criticism on segregation and busing

Joe Biden says that he wasn't prepared for Kamala Harris' criticism on segregation and busingBiden on CNN said he "wasn't prepared" for Harris' criticism during the debate. He added that his past positions were taken "out of context."



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Harris clarifies stance on federally mandated school busing

Harris clarifies stance on federally mandated school busingSen. Kamala Harris on Thursday clarified her position on federally mandated school busing, saying it’s only necessary in cases where local governments are actively opposing integration. Harris said that in the 1960s and ’70s, institutions “were literally working against integration of our schools.” That’s why she supported busing then, she said, but now thinks it should just be a “tool” available to local governments and school districts to address segregation. “Today it is very rare that we require the courts or the federal government to intervene,” Harris told reporters Thursday before a campaign event in Indianola, Iowa.



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Warren restates support for busing amid Biden-Harris duel

Warren restates support for busing amid Biden-Harris duelJoe Biden and Kamala Harris had clashed the night before on the former vice president's past stances on busing.



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Biden and school busing: Where he stood, what it means

Biden and school busing: Where he stood, what it meansThat Joe Biden, the man picked by America’s first black president as his number two, should now be suffering attacks over his record on race might seem surprising. Senator Kamala Harris, the only black woman in the Democratic presidential field, forcefully questioned Biden on his opposition in the 1970s to court-ordered busing programs aimed at integrating public schools. Harris noted, in a quavering voice, that as “a little girl in California” she was “part of the second class to integrate her public schools” in a busing program.



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The Latest: Biden says Harris misrepresented busing stance

The Latest: Biden says Harris misrepresented busing stanceFormer Vice President Joe Biden says Kamala Harris mispresented his position on school busing decades ago, but he doesn’t think she did it intentionally. The California senator challenged Biden’s stance on busing to desegregate public schools during the 1970s during Thursday’s Democratic debate in Miami. Harris, who is black, was part of a busing program as a child and her pointed questioning of Biden was one of the night’s breakout moments.



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