Vice President Kamala Harris is still not meeting her obligation to head up the Biden administration’s response to the migrant crisis at the U.S. southern border.
On Friday, while other top administration officials were meeting with Mexican officials in Mexico City, Harris was instead visiting a day care center and vaccination site in New Jersey, Fox News reported.
“Important new phase”
According to Fox, officials who did attend the meeting on the border included Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, and U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland, as well as U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Ken Salazar.
“Today’s High-Level Security Dialogue marks an important new phase in the US-Mexico security partnership,” Mayorkas wrote in a tweet Friday.
“We will work together under a new framework to guide our joint efforts, and work toward our shared goals of security and prosperity for our two nations,” he added.
Today’s High-Level Security Dialogue marks an important new phase in the US-Mexico security partnership.
We will work together under a new framework to guide our joint efforts, and work toward our shared goals of security and prosperity for our two nations. pic.twitter.com/ZR4I8PSLSW
— Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas (@SecMayorkas) October 8, 2021
Border governors frustrated
Tasked with Biden back in March with leading America’s “diplomatic” response to the crisis, Harris’ absence at the meeting should be surprising. But is it?
Since being appointed by Biden to take charge of the absolute mess on the border, Harris has only been there one time, in June when she went to El Paso, Texas briefly.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R), for his part, has blasted Harris for her negligence and has himself taken steps to keep undocumented migrants from getting across the border.
“Vice President Harris is ignoring the real problem areas along our southern border that are not protected by the border wall and are being overrun by the federal government’s ill-thought-out, open border policies,” Abbott said in late June about the border situation, according to Fox.
In May, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey (R) and 19 other governors asked President Joe Biden and Harris to reverse their stance on the border and end the crisis, blaming it on their “broken policies and botched messaging.” But the numbers show things haven’t gotten better since then.
Can America really handle three more years of this?