As President Biden visits foreign leaders in Europe, Vice President Kamala Harris cannot escape pressure to visit the southern border amid a historic influx of illegal immigration under her supervision as a border king.
In an interview with Univision on Thursday, Harris offered a tense response after being anchored by Elijah Calderon when he would finally visit the crossing amid the deteriorating migrant crisis.
“I said I was going to the border,” the vice president replied. “Me too -“
“When are you going to the border, Vice President?” Calderon interrupted her.
“I’m not done,” Harris replied with an awkward laugh and raised a finger to the host.
“I said I was going to the border. And also, if we’re going to deal with border issues, we have to deal with issues that make people go to the border, run to the border, “Harris continued.
“So my first trip as vice president of the United States was to go – in terms of a foreign trip – to Guatemala, to be there to turn around and be informed of the main reasons why people in Guatemala are leaving. ”
“Do you have a date for your trip to the border?” Calderon followed with a question.
“I’ll keep you posted,” Harris replied.
Harris, who visited Guatemala and Mexico this week as part of her first foreign visit to the office, was prepared for her entire trip by questions about going to observe the situation on the US-Mexico border in person.
Her answers to NBC News’ Lester Holt question have haunted her in recent days.
“At some point, you know, we’re going to the border,” Harris’s defender told Holt on Guatemala’s Today, 1,308 miles from the U.S.-Mexico crossing.
“We were at the border.” So, all about the border, we were at the border, “Harris said, to which Holt replied,” You weren’t at the border. “
Harris, as if laughing at his own joke, replied, “And I haven’t been to Europe. I mean, I don’t understand the meaning you’re pointing out. I do not deviate from the significance of the border. “
The Biden administration’s repeal of former President Donald Trump’s border policy has sparked a flood of illegal migrants from Central America and Mexico at the US border, including thousands of unaccompanied children.
Central Americans seeking refuge from the Northern Triangle countries – Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras – have taken these policy moves, as well as the overwhelmingly more welcoming tone of Democrats, as a sign that Biden is inviting them to cross the border.
Insisting that the border is not facing a crisis, Interior Minister Alejandro Mayorkas said in early March that the problems facing the agency should be blamed by the previous administration.
However, for the most part, the data show that migrants are flooding the border because they believe Biden will welcome them with open arms, with more than 170,000 illegal crossings per month.
As the crisis intensified, Biden eavesdropped on her vice president to address diplomatic measures related to her “root causes.” Despite strong pressure, however, she has not yet visited to investigate the situation on her own.
Several leaders in Central America and Mexico have come out to blame the Biden administration for the crisis since taking the helm.
Most recently, Guatemalan President Alejandro Giamatti told the US media on Wednesday during Harris’ trip that “cool” rhetoric and the reluctance of Democrats to impose harsher penalties for human smuggling are key factors in the current situation.
“Well, the humorous messages were used here by the coyotes in a distorted way, because what they said there was that they would encourage family reunification,” Jamati explained, referring to Biden’s reports on immigration during the campaign.
“So the coyotes came and took the children and teenagers to the United States and the borders were full, not only of people from Guatemala, but of many people from all over,” he told Fox News. That is why our proposal is for the messages to be clear. ”