Mystery surrounds the flip-flop of Jill Biden’s role as the leader of a White House task force to reunite immigrant families. The media was all over the news with article after article touting Jill Biden as the leader in this effort. Suddenly, the word from the first lady’s office is that she has “no formal role” in this effort. Wait! What about all of those announcements?
The Huffington Post published this article in January: “Jill Biden To Lead Task Force To Reunite Separated Immigrant Families,” and then Forbes published this one: “Jill Biden Expected To Help Reunite Separated Migrant Families.” Even worse, in a virtual chat with a group of young Latinos, the first lady said her office “will be working” on the reunification effort.
Was this just another phony title like “Dr.” Jill Biden? Yes, folks, First Lady Jill Biden, Ed.D., a.k.a. “Dr.” Jill Biden is not a real doctor.
Could it also be that Jill Biden is staying as far away as she can from her husband’s disaster at the border?
Politico just published an article with comments from the first lady’s office saying she has no role in the effort and mysteriously claiming she never did have a role in the task force. Advocates working with Biden believe she backed away from the task force leadership because of criticism of her husband’s immigration policy:
Some of the advocates and lawyers for migrant families are concerned that Jill Biden backed away from the issue because the administration is facing a torrent of criticism from both the right and the left on the border problems. It sure looks like Biden’s office is lying about this:
“I’m a little worried it’s deprioritized or viewed as politically sensitive,” said one advocate involved in the effort.
The first lady’s office maintains she never had an official role on the issue. Her spokesperson Michael LaRosa emphasized that “The Department of Homeland Security is leading the work of the task force. As the task force is an interagency task force, with members comprised of representatives from the relevant federal government agencies, the First Lady does not have any formal role.”