Amid a worsening border crisis earlier this year, President Joe Biden appointed Vice President Kamala Harris to address the root causes of the influx of undocumented immigrants.
In the months since then, however, Harris has earned a reputation for essentially disappearing whenever the topic of border security arises.
“A brief trip to El Paso”
As Fox News correspondent Jessica Chasmar noted, she has a habit of avoiding the hot-button issues — but she is not the only Biden administration insider with a tendency to go missing in the face of tough questions.
Chasmar asserted on Monday that Harris has avoided visiting the U.S.-Mexico border “save for a brief trip to El Paso, Texas, in June.”
Of course, her absence does not appear to have been caused by a lack of opportunity. Earlier this month, she found time to visit Palm Springs, California, for a personal trip.
Rather than join Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Majorkas and Attorney General Merrick Garland in Mexico City to discuss illegal immigration, she opted for a trip to New Jersey. More recently, she took time to campaign on behalf of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe in Virginia.
As a result, the vice president has drawn frequent criticism from the right, with U.S. Rep. Tony Gonzales (R-TX) declaring her “AWOL” in July.
“I’ll be glad to welcome them”
Making matters worse, she has repeatedly dismissed or laughed off questions about her plans to visit the border.
“It is no laughing matter,” said Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX). “I wish the vice president and president would come to the border. I’ll be glad to welcome them there to learn what I’ve learned.”
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg has faced his own criticism after the Biden administration revealed that he had been on an extended paid paternity leave even as the nation continues to struggle with supply chain issues that have led to empty shelves and rising consumer prices.
Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) tweeted that the former South Bend, Indiana, mayor “was completely unqualified” for his current gig but was nevertheless Biden’s pick.
“Now, Pete is absent during a transportation crisis that is hurting working-class Americans,” he concluded.