Tasked five weeks ago with overseeing the U.S. border crisis, where record-breaking numbers of illegal aliens are crossing, America’s vice president remains a no-show on the border itself but is addressing what she calls the “root causes” behind it.
Guatemala’s president was told this week by Vice President Kamala Harris that the United States is concerned about climate change, and violence against woman and homosexuals, among other issues that need to be addressed.
“We are looking at the issue of poverty and the lack therefore of economic opportunities; the issue of extreme weather conditions and the lack of climate adaptation, as well as corruption and the lack of good governance, and violence against women, indigenous people, LBGTQ people and Afro-descendants,” she told President Alejandro Giammattei in an online discussion, the New York Post reported.
President Joe Biden announced March 24 that his vice president would be the administration’s point person on the border. That job, The Associated Press reported at the time, meant Harris would be tackling the “migration challenge” at the U.S. border and would work with Central American countries to address the “root causes” of the problem.
"[Harris] can go to states like New Hampshire -- she can go to all those early primary states -- but Kamala Harris not even coming to the border, I think, is very indicative of how incompetent she is,” says Cathie Adams, a Texas-based conservative activist.
Both the president and the vice president are “afraid” to visit the border, Adams adds, because they would see the humanitarian crisis they created firsthand.
It is true that prominent Democrats, who showed up on the border with fanfare during the Trump administration, have stayed far away when news cameras were documenting massive numbers of migrant children crowded together in inhumane conditions. Republicans lawmakers, meanwhile, demonstrated some media savvy by documenting the overcrowding in person and asking why the vice president was staying away.
Some in the media haven’t let the Biden administration off the hook. When the vice president landed March 22 in Florida to visit a vaccination center, Harris was asked by reporters when she was visiting the border in person. That question appeared to catch her off guard and she responded with her now-familiar nervous cackle.
“Not today,” she replied to the question. “But I have before and I’m sure I will again.”
Two days later, Biden announced she would oversee the border crisis.