Last month, as the mainstream media finally began to focus on the immigration crisis at the southern U.S. border, President Joe Biden tasked Vice President Kamala Harris with taking a lead role to tackle the “root causes” of the issue, with a focus on the “triangle countries” from where a majority of migrants are fleeing.
According to the Washington Examiner, a new layer of the controversy is forming with regard to Harris’s mysterious absence on the issue. As of this writing, the vice president has gone 19 days without holding a single press conference to update concerned Americans on what — if any — progress the Biden administration is making on the escalating issue.
Harris is also under fire for showing virtually no interest in taking a trip to the southern U.S. border to get a first-hand feel for the urgency of the crisis. When asked if she would take a trip to the border last month, Harris made headlines after laughing at the reporter who asked the question.
She was later forced to initiate damage control after the story broke, insisting that at some point in the future she would take a trip to the border, though to this day that’s not something that’s on her official schedule.
It’s not as if Harris has intentionally hid from the spotlight in the nearly three-week stretch, as she’s made a number of trips elsewhere around the country.
The vice president recently took a trip to Chicago to speak on vaccine “equity,” and most recently, took a trip back to her home state of California to celebrate the Easter holiday. While in California, she traveled with Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) to the city of Oakland to drum up support for Biden’s upcoming infrastructure plan.
Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel dialed in on the California trip in a recent op-ed, suggesting that a simple 30-minute flight from where she was in the Los Angeles area could have placed her on on the ground, at the southern U.S. border.
“It would have been incredibly easy for Harris to add a stop on her trip to show her support and to console, comfort and lead on the ground. She has her own plane,” McDaniel wrote.
Nobody is expecting Harris to wave a magic wand and fix the immigration crisis, but Americans do expect their leaders to, at the very least, acknowledge a crisis of that magnitude in the same way former presidents and vice presidents visit areas after natural disasters or terrorist attacks. It’s not a lot to ask, but for Harris, it apparently is.