Joe Biden leaves Los Angeles for Albuquerque
LOS ANGELES (CNS) — President Joe Biden concluded a roughly 68.5-hour visit to Los Angeles on Saturday, boarding Air Force One at LAX bound for Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he was to receive a briefing on the New Mexico wildfires.
The president boarded the Marine One helicopter at Dodger Stadium shortly after 10 a.m. for the short trip to LAX, arriving at 10:17 a.m., according to a pool report. He boarded Air Force One at 10:29 a.m., answering a few questions from the press about this weekend’s national rallies against gun violence, the fires in New Mexico and a possible trip to Saudi Arabia.
On Friday, Biden was among leaders from 20 nations attending the Summit of the Americas who signed the “Los Angeles Declaration on Migration and Protection,” described as a pact to pursue a “comprehensive” approach to addressing the crisis; spoke at the Port of Los Angeles at Battleship Iowa on inflation and the administration’s actions to try to lower prices and address supply chain challenges, hosted a “Leaders’ Retreat” and lunch with various summit delegates; and spoke at two Democratic National Committee fundraisers.
The introduction to the declaration indicates that the agreement reiterates a collective will “to strengthen national, regional and hemispheric efforts to create the conditions for safe, orderly, humane and regular migration and to strengthen protection and cooperation frameworks international”.
The declaration outlines commitments to assist and promote stability in communities of destination, origin and transit of migrants; regular migration routes; management of “human” migration; a “shared approach” to reduce and manage “irregular migration”; and ensuring a coordinated emergency response to mass migration and refugee movements.
“With this declaration, we are transforming our approach to managing migration in the Americas,” Biden said at the signing event. “Each of us – each of us signs pledges that recognize the challenges we all share and the responsibility that impacts all of our nations.
“And that will take all our nations. … I have learned through significant experience that it will take all of our nations working together in partnership to solve this migration problem.
Biden later added, “Illegal migration is not acceptable, and we will secure our borders, including through innovative and coordinated actions with our regional partners.”
The first fundraiser was at the Brentwood home of Andrew Hauptman, chairman of investment firm Andell Holdings and a prominent Biden fundraiser. According to a statement on behalf of Hauptman, the event was expected to raise nearly $2.5 million to about 30 donors for the DNC, with the money going to various state Democratic parties and grassroots infrastructure.
“With the Senate and House on the line and so many other critical races in November, we need to do everything we can to support President Biden at this time,” Hauptman said.
Film producer Jeffrey Katzenberg was co-chair of the event.
The second was at the Beverly Hills home of Haim Saban, president and CEO of Saban Capital Group, Inc., the private investment firm that manages a globally diversified portfolio of investments in public equities, venture capital, private equity, credit, alternative investments and real estate assets.
Biden was preceded by DNC Chairman Jamie Harrison, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Burbank and Saban, with speakers touting the importance of the 2022 midterm elections.
“We’re going to live with this inflation for a while,” Biden said hours after the Labor Department said the consumer price index rose 8.6% in May from the same month there. a year ago, his fastest pace since December 1981. “It’s going to come down gradually, but we’ll live with it for a while.