It was in March 2021 that Vice President Kamala Harris was tasked by President Joe Biden to be the administration’s “border czar” and to investigate and address the “root causes” of illegal migration to the U.S., but the numbers from the border suggest that Harris has failed miserably in that regard.
Rather than put forward solutions to end or even reduce illegal migration, VP Harris has largely been missing in action and the number of official encounters at the southern border has surged to historic and unprecedented levels, RedState reported.
And, to make matters even worse, neither the vice president’s office nor the White House more broadly can detail what, if anything, Harris has actually accomplished with respect to her appointed role on the border and immigration issues.
Problem worse now than it was before
Fox News reported that there have been more than four million migrants who have crossed the southern border since VP Harris was first assigned her “border czar” task in March 2021 — a substantial majority of whom were ultimately released into the nation’s interior instead of being turned away or deported.
Notably, that number doesn’t include the unknown amount of so-called “gotaways” — individuals who were spotted in some fashion while crossing the border but were able to avoid being encountered or apprehended by U.S. Border Patrol agents before disappearing into the interior of the country.
According to the latest figures from U.S. Customs and Border Protection, there were around 233,000 border encounters in November, which was roughly 35 percent more than the 173,000 documented encounters at the border in March 2021, which was more than double the estimated 73,000 border encounters in January 2021 before the Biden-Harris administration took office.
And, of the more than four million encounters at the border since March 2021, a record-high of 2.38 million occurred in Fiscal Year 2022, meaning the problems at the border actually got worse over time under the purported leadership on that issue of VP Harris — and according to some, that may even be by design.
“If you think your government is properly vetting most illegal aliens before releasing them into your communities, you are sadly mistaken,” the Border Patrol agents union said in an end-of-year statement. “Biden’s agenda is to release millions into America under fraudulent pretenses like ‘asylum’, consequences for the American people be damned.”
Has Harris even done anything?
According to Fox News, and despite being ostensibly in charge of the issue, VP Harris has only visited the border region once — she went to El Paso, Texas last year but didn’t quite make it to the actual border itself — since the task was first assigned to her.
Harris has made two trips to Central America over a combined three days as part of her assigned role, but there have been few, if any, real and tangible results from those visits with the leadership of the nations where the current bulk of illegal migration originates from.
The outlet also noted that, per the vice president’s schedule, Harris has also participated in 20 scheduled events dealing with immigration or the border, though only three of those events took place since August 2021 and the last such event transpired in June 2022.
No noteworthy accomplishments, apparently
RedState noted that all of this leads to the obvious question — what has VP Harris actually accomplished with regard to addressing the border and migration problems since she was first assigned that task? — but nobody seems to have any answers in that regard.
In the final White House briefing of 2022, press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was asked for an update on what Harris had been doing in her assigned role, but Jean-Pierre replied, “I don’t have anything to lay out specifically on what that work looks like,” and told reporters to address any such further questions to the vice president’s office.
Unfortunately, the vice president’s office declined to provide any comment or respond to any of the questions posed by Fox News.