Vice President Kamala Harris is being annihilated by critics for her apparent apathy toward the mounting crisis at the U.S.–Mexico border.
As Fox News reports, Sunday marks 19 days since Harris was first tapped by President Joe Biden to lead his administration’s efforts to curb record levels of migration. But since then, the VP has been mysteriously missing-in-action, failing to visit the border or even host a press conference on the issue.
With nearly three weeks passed and no movement from Harris, even some often-friendly media outlets are starting to ask questions. In an article published Friday, NBC News acknowledged that Harris’ role as Biden’s “border czar” has so far been clouded by confusion.
Part of that confusion reportedly stems from uncertainty among Americans — and members of the press corps — about what exactly the VP’s role is.
When Biden first announced he’d chosen Harris to lead the effort late last month, he said “the vice president has agreed — among the multiple other things that I have her leading, and I appreciate it — [Harris has] agreed to lead our diplomatic effort and work with those nations to accept…the returnees, and enhance migration enforcement at their borders.”
The president’s remarks were quickly followed by a statement from Harris’ press secretary clarifying that “the president asked the vice president to take on the diplomatic effort, with Mexico and countries in the northern triangle to address the root causes of migration.”
“Migration enforcement,” as Biden had alluded to, wasn’t mentioned by Harris’ spokesperson.
According to NBC, “[t]he confusion clouding Harris’ first big policy assignment underscores the challenges Harris faces as she seeks to define her role inside the Biden White House. It also raises questions as to why the White House did not do more at the outset to clearly establish and communicate the shape of her new policy role.”
Either way, however, the issue remains: though aides claim Harris has been doing a lot of behind-the-scenes work, including holding talks with Central American officials and researching migration issues, she’s still hiding from the press.
Why can’t the vice president at least update the American people on her efforts?
Harris’ absence only bolsters criticism that the Biden administration isn’t being as transparent as it had once promised.
Meanwhile, the border crisis continues, with more than 172,000 migrants crossing into the U.S. just last month. Is the White House doing anything about it? We may never know the truth.