Vice President Kamala Harris continues to flat-out refuse to lead the U.S response to the crisis at its southern border, even skipping a Friday meeting in Mexico City to visit a day care center in New Jersey.
According to Fox News, officials who did attend the meeting included Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland, and U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Ken Salazar.
“Today’s High-Level Security Dialogue marks an important new phase in the US-Mexico security partnership,” Mayorkas tweeted Friday, according to Fox. “We will work together under a new framework to guide our joint efforts, and work toward our shared goals of security and prosperity for our two nations.”
Today’s High-Level Security Dialogue marks an important new phase in the US-Mexico security partnership.
We will work together under a new framework to guide our joint efforts, and work toward our shared goals of security and prosperity for our two nations. pic.twitter.com/ZR4I8PSLSW
— Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas (@SecMayorkas) October 8, 2021
She hasn’t been to the border since June
Harris has only been to the border one time since being appointed by President Joe Biden to oversee the crisis. She went to El Paso, Texas, briefly in June, but managed not to see much of what was actually going on as thousands of people have tried to cross the border illegally each day in recent months.
Her visit came about quickly after former President Donald Trump and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) announced their intentions to visit the border the next week, almost forcing Harris’ hand after months of avoidance.
Republicans criticized the trip at the time, saying going to the Rio Grande Valley instead would have given Harris a better view of the problems at the border and their scope. Most illegal border crossers in El Paso are from Mexico, they argued, while most crossers in the Rio Grande Valley are from Guatemala and Honduras.
Harris said that she picked El Paso because it was where Trump began the child separation policy that was so strongly criticized by the left, but that policy was actually begun by Former President Barack Obama, under whom Biden served as vice president.
Illegal crossings continue to surge
The problems at the border began for Biden and Harris after the administration reversed key Trump policies, calling them inhumane and unfair to migrants.
Back in May, a group of 19 border state governors asked the White House to go back to Trump-era border policies and end the crisis, but it has only gotten worse since then.
Around two million total illegal border crossings are predicted to take place in 2021 if current trends continue.