More than a month after being tasked by President Joe Biden with addressing an ongoing surge in migration at America’s southern border, Vice President Kamala Harris is finally making plans to do her job.
According to the Washington Examiner, the Biden administration announced over the weekend that Harris would be meeting with Mexico President Andrés Manuel López Obrador early next month to discuss, among other things, “the root causes of migration.”
“Deepen the partnership”
The news was first revealed in a statement from the vice president’s office on Saturday. The statement was shared on Twitter by Julie Chung, who the Examiner said “serves as acting assistant secretary for the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs.”
“On May 7, Vice President Kamala Harris will meet virtually with Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who will be joined by Secretary of Foreign Relations Marcelo Ebrard Casaubon and Secretary of Economy Tatiana Clouthier Carrillo,” the statement read.
It went on: “This meeting will deepen the partnership between our countries to achieve the common goals of prosperity, good governance, and addressing the root causes of migration.”
“Two things at once”
The announcement comes on the heels of a declaration from President Biden earlier this month that the U.S. would be significantly increasing the number of refugees eligible for admission into the country.
“We’re going to increase the number,” he told reporters, according to a separate report from the Examiner.
“The problem was that the refugee part was working on the crisis that ended up on the border with young people,” the president added. “We couldn’t do two things at once, but now, we are going to increase the number.”
The numbers don’t lie
But while Biden and Harris may feel they’re making progress on the immigration front, it seems many Americans don’t agree. As migrants flood into the country at rates not seen in nearly two decades, voters are apparently growing impatient.
A Fox News poll published Sunday showed that some 46% of voters believe America’s border security is worse now, under Biden, than it was two years ago. Just 17% said the same in 2018 under then-President Donald Trump.
Worse still for Biden: according to Fox, a full 56% of voters polled “think the increase of migrants trying to enter the U.S. is ‘completely’ or ‘mostly’ happening because Biden won the election.”
If Biden and Harris want to turn things around, it’s going to take more than a virtual meeting to do it.