An aide to Vice President Kamala Harris confirmed to journalists on Friday that the vice president would not be traveling to the southern border according to The Washington Examiner.
Harris’s senior adviser and chief spokeswoman Symone Sanders was fielding questions about the White House announcement earlier in the week that Harris would be running point on the border crisis and speaking for the administration on immigration policy.
“The vice president is not doing the border,” Sanders told reporters, adding that the vice president was working on a plan to deal with the root causes of migration, versus taking the hands-on approach of the former administration.
According to Sanders’s comments Harris plans to speak with the leaders of Mexico and the so-called “Northern Triangle” countries of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, calling it a “challenging situation.”
“It’s diplomatic work that needs to be done, and Vice President Harris is looking forward to doing it,” she said.
Harris’s decision not to visit the border, but rather try a monetarily motivated diplomatic solution comes on the heels of record-breaking national debt being increased by Biden administration spending, and a nation troubled by widespread crimes committed by illegal immigrants.
Lawmakers and border-state governors have their eyes trained on the crisis on the border and Harris will have her work cut out for her if she plans to find a solution that doesn’t immediately cut the flow of migrants over the border.
“After visiting the facilities where these kids are being kept, that are close to my daughter’s age, the stories we are hearing are beyond horrifying that’s happening to these young girls,” Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith said Friday at a news conference in Mission, Texas according to The Examiner.
“At no point in her career has [Harris] given any indication that she considers the border a problem or a serious threat,” Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey said after calling Harris the “worst possible choice” following the White House’s announcement. “If President Biden’s intent was to show that he’s taking this issue seriously, he’s really done the exact opposite.”