Vice President Kamala Harris was in Chicago on Monday to boast about “Bidenomics” and how the administration’s policies have benefited Latinos. But she also used her brief time onstage at the UnidosUS conference to excoriate “extremists” whom she said are stripping Americans of their freedoms and immigrants to the U.S. of their humanity.

It’s a theme that is going to be repeated many times as President Joe Biden and Harris rev up their re-election campaign messages.

“I am here first and foremost to say thank you, and I am here to say there is more work to do,” Harris said at the annual gathering of the nation’s largest Latino civil rights and advocacy organization.

Under Biden, 13 million jobs have been created, Harris said. Billions has been invested in community banks that have invested in small businesses that have been growing faster in the last two years than in previous years, she said. And, she noted, Latinas are the fastest growing group of small-business owners.

She touted medical achievements for Latinos: The cost of insulin has been capped at $35 under Biden’s watch, which specifically affects Latinos since they are more likely than non-Hispanic whites to have diabetes. Medicare can now negotiate for lower drug prices.

“We are in a moment where extremists, so-called leaders, have a blueprint to attack hard-won freedoms and rights and to do it state-by-state as part of their national agenda,” Harris said.

She called out an immigration law signed by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a 2024 Republican presidential candidate, that has led some people without legal status to flee the state in fear of being targeted.


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