After months of criticism, Vice President Kamala Harris finally visited the U.S.-Mexico border as part of her role in addressing the “root causes” of a spike in illegal immigration.
Far from putting the concerns of her critics to rest, however, she is now facing new backlash over her effort to blame the ongoing border crisis on former President Donald Trump. The vice president’s remarks came on Friday during her stop in Texas.
“We have seen the disaster”
“What is happening here in El Paso really is, in many ways, highlights many of the facets on the issue of immigration,” Harris said. “It is here in El Paso that the previous administration’s child separation policy was unveiled. And so we have seen the disastrous effects of that right here in this region.”
Citing another Trump-era rule widely denounced by progressives, she said: “It is here in El Paso that the ‘Return to Mexico’ policy from the previous administration was implemented. We have seen the disaster that resulted from that.”
Her message led to speculation that she chose El Paso precisely so that she could cast the blame on Trump — despite the fact that family separation policies date back at least to the Obama administration.
As for the controversial policy requiring asylum seekers to remain in Mexico until their cases were decided, supporters say the measure actually served to cut down on illegal immigration.
Critics of the Biden administration were quick to call Harris out on what they deemed to be a disingenuous ploy to denigrate Trump.
“Literally made the situation worse”
Townhall writer Julio Rosas provided graphs with his tweet declaring: “The Biden administration literally made the situation worse.”
His colleague, Katie Pavlich, picked up on that narrative and asserted that the current White House is less interested in combatting illegal immigration than it is in reversing Trump’s policies at any cost.
Psaki said today the reason Harris is in El Paso instead of where the crisis is raging, is because El Paso is where President Trump implemented his policies. In other words, they still have zero interest in solving the problem, just reversing Trump. https://t.co/s8NvZnHrGJ
— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) June 25, 2021
After waiting roughly three months to visit the border after Biden appointed her to be his border czar, Harris did not help her cause among conservatives by passing the buck to the Trump administration.
A recent Harvard/Harris poll shows that two in three registered voters believe the current administration should reinstate the “Remain in Mexico” policy. A solid majority — 55% — of those surveyed say Biden should revert back to all of Trump’s border policies.