In a humiliating turn of events for Vice President Kamala Harris, Mexican President Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Monday that planned to urge the United States to re-open its southern border “completely” and also declared that – despite the Biden administration’s statements to the contrary – “it has never been completely closed,” as the Washington Examiner reports.
The topic was set to arise during a scheduled phone conference between the Mexican leader and Harris, as the Lopez Obrador explained during a press conference held in Ciudad Juarez near El Paso, Texas.
“I have a call today with Vice President Kamala Harris. We are going to give continuity to the agenda that we have in common on migration issues, of course, the issue of opening the border…” Mexico’s president asserted, referencing closures stemming from the coronavirus pandemic.
Hoping to convince the U.S. to fully reopen the border in order to facilitate a resumption of business and trade between the nations, Lopez Obrador added, according to the Daily Mail, “It must be said that the border is open, not completely, but it has never been completely closed,” in what appears to contradict administration claims amid the ongoing migrant crisis.
Earlier this year, around the same time Harris was tapped to serve as the administration’s point person for the migrant influx overwhelming border communities, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas stated, “the border is closed,” and in June, the vice president herself commanded those considering embarking on a northward journey to reconsider.
“I want to be clear to folks in this region who are thinking about making that dangerous trek to the United States-Mexico border: Do not come. Do not come. The United States will continue to enforce our laws and secure our border,” Harris said.
According to the New York Post, the phone discussion did occur as planned, and a White House readout of its content indicated that that pair of leaders covered matters impacting “ongoing bilateral cooperation” to tackle what the Biden administration referred to as “irregular migration.”
Even so, the administration is facing increased pressure to effectively acknowledge Harris’ failures when it comes to addressing the border crisis that shows no signs of abating. The bipartisan duo of Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) recently called on the president to name former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson to a “special executive appointment for border issues, saying that the historic surge of migrants has created a “humanitarian and public safety emergency.”
For months, Harris has tried her best to sidestep her assigned duties and downplay the severity of the calamity caused by unchecked illegal immigration, and Lopez Obrador’s willingness to state the obvious – that the border has never truly been closed – is unlikely to help her cause.