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Biden Signs Another Four Executive Orders In Quest Of ‘Racial Equity’; Ben Carson Responds

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President Joe Biden signed another four Executive Orders on Tuesday, this time seeking to bring about “racial equity.”

In one of the four orders, Biden instructed the Department of Justice not to renew private prison contracts, as The Daily Wire reported on Tuesday:

The order says that there are “a disproportionate number of people of color” currently incarcerated in the United States. It claims “privately operated criminal detention facilities consistently underperform Federal facilities with respect to correctional services, programs, and resources” that help prepare inmates to reenter society.“There is broad consensus that our current system of mass incarceration imposes significant costs and hardships on our society and communities and does not make us safer,” the order reads. “To decrease incarceration levels, we must reduce profit-based incentives to incarcerate by phasing out the federal government’s reliance on privately operated criminal detention facilities.”

In addition to a directive to the DOJ, Biden ordered the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to fully implement the Fair Housing Act requirements.

Reacting to the EO, former HUD Secretary Ben Carson hit the Biden administration for framing the issues with housing in “racial terms.”

“We don’t need to do that,” Carson said on Fox News airwaves in response to the “racial” framing. “What we need to do, again, is look at the reasons that people are having trouble buying houses. A lot of times it’s because of the financing, and the way to financing was administered. And those are the kind of things we were working on very seriously, and have made some real progress on.”

In another EO, Biden “recommitted” the federal government to “respect Tribal sovereignty.” The Order reads in part:

American Indian and Alaska Native Tribal Nations are sovereign governments recognized under the Constitution of the United States, treaties, statutes, Executive Orders, and court decisions.  It is a priority of my Administration to make respect for Tribal sovereignty and self-governance, commitment to fulfilling Federal trust and treaty responsibilities to Tribal Nations, and regular, meaningful, and robust consultation with Tribal Nations cornerstones of Federal Indian policy.  The United States has made solemn promises to Tribal Nations for more than two centuries.  Honoring those commitments is particularly vital now, as our Nation faces crises related to health, the economy, racial justice, and climate change — all of which disproportionately harm Native Americans.  History demonstrates that we best serve Native American people when Tribal governments are empowered to lead their communities, and when Federal officials speak with and listen to Tribal leaders in formulating Federal policy that affects Tribal Nations.

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