It’s been over two weeks since President Joe Biden tasked Kamala Harris with leading his administration’s response to a surge in migration at the U.S.–Mexico border, and still, the vice president hasn’t made a trip there to see the problem for herself.
Instead, Harris spent her time Tuesday patronizing a small bakery in Chicago, where she was caught in a photo with a slice of cake and an apparently dismissive attitude toward the mounting migrant crisis, as Breitbart reported.
VP Kamala Harris visited beloved Brown Sugar Bakery on Chicago’s South Side while she was in town yesterday.
— Chicago Things to Do (@redeyechicago) April 7, 2021
“I think she’s allowed to do that”
According to Breitbart, Harris’ trip as came as part of an effort to promote vaccination against the coronavirus. But while it may have been a noble cause, many were left wondering why the VP’s head was in Illinois rather than at the border.
Pressed by reporters on Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki seemed to make light of the situation.
“While she was there, like many Americans, she got a snack, I think she’s allowed to do that,” Psaki said, according to Breitbart.
The press secretary added that Harris “remains committed to” taking “the lead on” the issue of the recent influx of immigration.
“Get some backbone”
However, Psaki’s words seem unlikely to convince many of Harris’ critics, who allege that the vice president is failing to take matters seriously. Among those crying foul is freshman Rep. Burgess Owens (R-UT), who lashed out at Harris while touring the Rio Grande Valley region along with other Republican members of Congress earlier this week.
“To President Biden and Vice President Harris: Get some backbone,” Owens said during a speech in Edinburg, Texas, according to Fox News. “Get some compassion. Come down to the border and see what mess you’ve made.”
Owens reportedly went on to recount horrifying stories that he’d heard from children at the border, including one 7-year-old girl he said was “gang-raped.”
“Whether you’re American or Mexican or Guatemalan, it doesn’t matter,” he declared, according to Fox. “These are our children. And we have an administration that does not have the backbone to come down here and give encouragement to these great men and women who are doing the job and are being overwhelmed right now.”