Vice President Kamala Harris announced on Saturday that she would head the National Space Council – although she continues to face criticism for not visiting the southern border as part of her role in tackling the migrant crisis.
“As I said before: In America, when we shoot for the moon, we put our flag on it. I am honored to lead our National Space Council,” Harris wrote on Twitter.
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The Space Council was detained by the Biden administration after being reformed under Donald Trump. It was originally created by the George W. Bush administration, but was disbanded a few years later.
A senior administration official told reporters that Harris “intends to put his personal stamp on the council,”
While it is not uncommon for vice presidents to have multiple roles and commitments, the announcement comes at a time when Harris continues to be inflamed that he has not visited the border.
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President Biden appointed Harris in March to “lead our efforts with Mexico and the Northern Triangle” – and she stressed that her focus was on diplomatic issues related to the region, not the border crisis itself.
However, Republicans and former Trump officials said such a role was intertwined with the ongoing border crisis, and questioned why it did not go there.
“You can’t talk to Nordic countries or Mexican officials without understanding the pressure and the situation and the atmosphere at the border,” said former DHS secretary Chad Wolf. “The two are so connected that you can’t do one without the other.”
Last month, Republicans in the House had made a mock-up of a box of Harris-faced milk: “Missing at the Border.”
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So far, Harris has met with leaders in Mexico and Guatemala, as well as community leaders, and plans to travel to the region – but only in June.
Critics have blamed the Biden administration’s refusal for key Trump-era policies, such as building border walls, asylum cooperation agreements with the Nordic countries and staying in Mexico to help with the crisis.
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Biden and Harris blame the Trump administration, while emphasizing “root causes” such as poverty and violence.
“And so we’re looking at a number of issues that also relate to poverty, extreme poverty. And there’s also violence that’s obviously coming out of those regions,” Harris said last month.