Vice President Kamala Harris, the person President Joe Biden placed in charge of the immigration crisis at the southern U.S. border, was once again missing in action on Friday.
Fox News reports that at the same time top Biden administration officials were meeting with officials in Mexico regarding southern border security policy, Harris headed in the opposite direction, to New Jersey.
The meeting between top U.S. and Mexican officials took place in Mexico City, Mexico, on Friday. The purpose was to discuss security along the U.S.-Mexico border.
The border has seen upwards of 1.5 million illegal crossings since Biden entered the White House and quickly reversed many of the immigration policies adopted by former President Donald Trump.
There have been warnings of a massive surge of migrants that is expected to take place in the final months of 2021.
Many of the Biden administration’s top officials attended the meeting, including Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, and U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland.
Mayorkas tweeted, “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.”
Where was Harris?
One would think that as the vice president and the person tasked by the president with addressing the southern border crisis, Harris would have been at this important meeting of high-ranking officials in Mexico. But, she wasn’t.
Instead, Harris traveled to New Jersey where she visited a daycare center at Montclair State University, and a COVID-19 vaccination site at Essex County Community College, where she promoted the Biden agenda. Apparently, that was a higher priority for Harris on Friday.
The fact that Harris, once again, avoided the southern border is nothing new. Since she was tasked earlier this year with overseeing the southern border crisis, she has only visited the border once, in June, as the New York Post noted, and that was likely because Trump had announced his own trip to the border, which forced her hand.
Harris and her people have claimed that, rather than the immigration crisis here at home, Harris is addressing the “root causes” of the migrant crisis. That was also reported as a failure by many, as she made virtually zero progress during her trip to the Central American countries where most of the migrants originate from.
Harris’ avoidance of the immigration crisis at the southern U.S. border has earned her bipartisan criticism, especially from politicians in the state of Texas who represent communities that have been devastated by the influx of illegal border crossers.