HHS: No Tax Dollars Used in Giving Kamala Harris' Book to Migrant Kids Vice President Kamala Harris participates in a virtual bilateral meeting at the Vice President’s Ceremonial Office at Eisenhower Executive Office Building April 26, 2021, in Washington, D.C. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)
By Jeffrey Rodack | Tuesday, 27 April 2021 01:09 PM
The Biden administration says it did not use taxpayer dollars to get copies of Vice President Kamala Harris's kids' book to put in welcome packs for migrant children.
Harris's book, "Superheroes Are Everywhere" had been spotted in a welcome pack for migrant children arriving at the Long Beach Emergency Intake Site in California, the Washington Examiner noted.
But a spokesperson for the Department of Health and Human Services said the book was one of many titles given free of charge to the intake center.
"The referenced book was one of an assortment of hundreds of titles donated to the Long Beach Emergency Intake Site as part of a city of Long Beach new books and toys drive, an HHS spokesperson told the Examiner in a statement. "No taxpayer dollars were used to purchase Vice President Harris' book."
And Kevin Lee, chief public affairs officer for the city of Long Beach, told Newsweek: "The City of Long Beach, in partnership with the Long Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau, has a citywide book and toy drive that is ongoing to support the migrant children who are temporarily staying in Long Beach at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services shelter. The single book you reference is one of hundreds of various books that have already been donated. The book was not purchased by HHS or the City."
Newsweek noted the Long Beach center is designated as an influx facility the Biden administration is using to handle a surge of unaccompanied children crossing the southern border. And the Examiner noted the Long Beach facility opened less than a week ago to 150 children. It was opened to provide shelter for girls aged 17 and under and boys aged 12 and under. It has a capacity of 1,000 beds.
Harris, as a U.S. senator, published the book in 2019.
A blurb on Amazon says: "Before Kamala Harris was elected to the vice presidency, she was a little girl who loved superheroes. And when she looked around, she was amazed to find them everywhere! In her family, among her friends, even down the street–there were superheroes wherever she looked. And those superheroes showed her that all you need to do to be a superhero is to be the best that you can be"
Meanwhile, the White House was asked if Harris was profiting from the book delivered to the Long Beach Center.
"I'd have to check with our Health and Human Services team," press secretary Jen Psaski said.
Newsweek pointed out that some Republicans noted that Harris, President Joe Biden's point person on handling the border surge, hasn't traveled to the border to see conditions for herself.
Rep. Madison Cawthorn, R-N.C., tweeted on Monday: "So @VP will send her books to the migrants flooding our southern border but won't send herself?
"You can't make this stuff up."