Many have been wondering exactly what Vice President Kamala Harris is doing to address the border crisis since President Joe Biden gave her the responsibility back in March. It’s starting to become clear that Harris really isn’t doing the job many seem to think she’s been charged with.
In a revealing moment, Harris told CNN on Sunday that she can’t get to Central America “soon enough,” but would not elaborate on when she plans to see the southern border.
In the same interview, Harris provoked some eye-rolling when she said that the migrant crisis won’t be solved “overnight,” citing deeply entrenched “root causes” like poverty in the Northern Triangle.
A big misunderstanding?
Harris sought to convey a sense of urgency, saying she can’t get to the region “soon enough,” making for a sharp contrast with her aloof response to what is unfolding back home in America.
“We have to deal with COVID issues, but I can’t get there soon enough, in terms of personally getting there,” she said.
Nobody doubts that poverty is a factor in immigration from Central America, but Harris’ approach is a bit obtuse, to say the least. Nobody expects her to solve the world’s problems; that’s not her job. She and Biden were elected to solve America’s problems.
It seems there may be a misunderstanding over Harris’ role, Biden’s press secretary explained Monday.
Harris’ focus “is not on the border” but “addressing the root causes in the Northern Triangle,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said. “And that’s really what the president asked her to do.”
So according to the White House, solving the border crisis has nothing to do with the border. In other words, nothing to see here.
Of course, the White House has been saying some variation of this — “there is no border crisis” — for months. Biden and Harris are obviously not interested in solving the problem. They’re just looking for a distraction. “Root causes” it is.
If they wanted to, they could start fixing the problem today, but that would force them to acknowledge that Donald Trump was doing something right.
They’ll never do that, of course, as they’re too busy trying to blame Trump for the mess they caused.