President Joe Biden’s “border czar,” Vice President Kamala Harris, is planning on making a trip to South America that will not include a stop at the U.S. border amid a growing crisis there.
From the Daily Wire:
Harris was put in charge of handling the border crisis more than three weeks ago and has yet to hold a press conference or address the issue publicly, instead assuring Americans she is working on the issue behind the scenes.
But both Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey have invited Harris to their states to take a tour of the situation at the border, Harris has given no indication she plans to take them up on the offer:
Instead, Harris told CNN she will head to Central America to get to the bottom of why thousands of residents of Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador are joining migrant caravans headed for the United States-Mexico border.
“Yes, we’re working on a plan to get there, we’re working through COVID issues,” Harris told CNN, referring to the so-called “Golden Triangle” of Central American countries. “I can’t get there soon enough.”
Since being tapped to lead the effort to combat the migration crisis, Harris has avoided any talk of the border. Instead, the Vice President has insisted that “Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas is in charge of addressing the crisis there.”
Harris claims that her role will be to address the “root cause” of illegal migration, leaving the border security issue to other members of the administration:
“Most people don’t want to leave home, They don’t want to leave their grandparents. They don’t want to leave the place where they grew up,” Harris said. ‘We have to give people some sense of hope that if they stay, that help is on the way.”
She said she is working with other Biden administration officials to put together an assistance plan, though she did not clarify why the United States is responsible for sending “help” to Central America in the midst of an economic downturn.
The U.S. is currently holding more than 10,000 child migrants in detention facilities on the southern border, with local officials claiming the facilities are overcrowded and unsafe. The situation has also been worsened by the ongoing pandemic, with many migrants testing positive for COVID-19.
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