What You Need to Know:

This Thursday, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) is convening with Vice President Kamala Harris and her new communications director, Jamal Simmons. The meeting will specifically address a slew of decade-old xenophibic tweets Simmons made where he called for the deportation of undocumented activists who revealed their immigration status live on MSNBC.

Simmons, a Morehouse College and Harvard University graduate, tweeted an apology for “offending ppl who care as much as I do about making America the best, multiethnic, diverse democracy.” Privately, Simmons reportedly discussed the remarks with members of the CHC disclosing that the tweets were poorly worded and not representative of his positions now.

Elected officials have faith in Simmons but want to ask him some much-needed questions. Rep. Lou Correa (D-Calif) said Monday he won’t be attending the meeting. 

“The deep concern to me is this may show his true disposition when it comes to immigration. That’s what my concern is. A meeting is not going to change my mind or give me peace of mind one way or the other,” Correa told the political website The Hill.

Why You Need to Know:
The issue I have with this is that Simmons is obviously a “career” politician who adapts his career and ideals for political advancement. I’m with Representative Correa here. A conversation and an apology wouldn’t change my mind about him either. To make matters more interesting is that Vice President Harris has been given charge of the border. Why keep company with a “reformed” xenophobe?