Nearly three months ago, President Joe Biden publicly tasked Vice President Kamala Harris with taking a lead role in the ongoing immigration crisis at the southern U.S. border.
Even though her exact role in the crisis response is still up for debate, depending on who you ask, Fox News reported that now 56 days have passed since she was handed the reigns and she has yet to give even a single press conference on the issue, leaving the press — and all Americans — in the dark about what, if any, progress is being made.
On one side of the debate, as far as her supporters are concerned, Harris isn’t supposed to be on the ground at the border and touring detention facilities like everyone assumed she would.
Rather, they argue that her role, which was clarified by the White House after taking heat in previous months, is to explore the “root causes” of the immigration crisis by working with the “Northern Triangle” countries from where a bulk of the migrants are coming.
At the other end of the spectrum are Harris’ critics, including a number of Democrats who believe Harris, at the very least, should make a personal visit to the border, if anything to show that she acknowledges what’s really happening on the ground.
According to Newsweek, Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) is one of the latest high-profile Democrats who urged Harris to take a trip to the border, replying “of course” when she was asked by a reporter if Harris should make the trip.
“I don’t know. Maybe we have a few other things to deal with, like the pandemic and everything else, so I’m not going to point fingers at her in the sense of — I hope that she will go down to the border,” Hirono replied when asked why she thinks Harris hasn’t committed to a trip as of yet.
Other Democrats, like Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX), who represents a border district, has continually called out the Biden administration for its lack of leadership on the issue. He recently called out the administration for posting new photos of nearly empty holding facilities, accusing the administration of simply moving the thousands of unaccompanied minors to nearby facilities in what he labeled a “shell game.”
Nobody is realistically expecting the border crisis to go away if Biden and Harris visit the border, but it’s not a stretch to presume that Americans from all political leanings simply want to see their leaders take notice of what’s going on and show even a little public leadership. It’s really that simple.