Vice President Kamala Harris just let the cat out of the bag.
Amid heavy criticism from both sides of the political aisle over the Biden administration’s handling of a recent surge in migration at the U.S.–Mexico border, Harris confessed Sunday that the crisis won’t be resolved “overnight.”
“It’s a complex issue”
According to Breitbart, Harris’ comments came during an interview Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union. There, the vice president explained that “most [migrants] don’t want to leave home,” but feel forced to come to the United States because “they’re fleeing some harm, or they cannot stay and satisfy the basic necessities of life, such as feeding their children and having a roof over their head.”
“That is a big part of what is going on,” she said.
Harris suggested that the only way to fix the problem is to stop it at its roots: in Central American countries like Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador, which make up the Northern Triangle.
“We have to give people some sense of hope that if they stay that help is on the way,” Harris said Sunday, according to Breitbart. “The kind of work that has to happen is the diplomatic work that we have been engaged in, including my calls to the president of Mexico, the president of Guatemala, and we have a plan to actually have another meeting coming up soon.”
The VP went on: “This is the work that we’re doing. But it’s not going to be solved overnight. It’s a complex issue. If this were easy, it would have been handled years ago.”
“Don’t let this get out of hand”
Harris’ message likely falls flat with Americans who are fed up with the Biden administration’s apparent inaction as the migration crisis grows more dire. Harris herself has taken heavy flak for failing to visit the southern border, despite President Joe Biden naming her as his point-person on border diplomacy, and Fox News notes that she’s now gone a full 33 days without even giving a press conference on the issue.
Meanwhile, a recent poll shows that more than half of Americans say “they disapprove at least somewhat of the job Biden has done managing the rising number of immigrants and asylum-seekers arriving at the border,” as The Hill reports. “Nearly half — 44[%] — strongly disapproved.”
Even Democrats seem to be reaching the end of their ropes. Rep. Henry Cuellar, who The Washington Post described as “a moderate Texas Democrat whose district hugs the border with Mexico,” has said Biden and his administration “need to do a better job of listening to those of us who have done this before.”
“I’ve been warning the party and the administration: Don’t let this get out of hand, because all you’re going to do is you’re going to give Republicans an issue,” Cuellar added in an interview with the Post.
With her interview on Sunday, all Harris did was admit that the crisis has indeed gotten out of control — and that the White House has no immediate plans to fix it.