Despite being assigned leadership of the immigration surge along the nation’s southern border last week, Vice President Kamala Harris is conspicuously missing in action, failing to hold a press conference or acknowledge her new position in public.
Biden noted on Mar. 24, “The vice president has agreed – among the multiple other things that I have her leading – and I appreciate it – agreed to lead our diplomatic effort and work with those nations to accept the returnees, and enhance migration enforcement at their borders – at their borders.”
Eighteen GOP senators visited Texas camps for immigrant youth last weekend. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) released images of the difficult conditions facing unaccompanied minors.
On Mar. 26, a White House spokeswoman stated, “The vice president is not doing the border.” She added, “You can expect she will be speaking with leaders from the region in the near future.”
President Biden has also not announced plans to travel to the nation’s southern border.
Jason Miller, an aide to former President Donald Trump, stated in an interview on Thursday that Trump is considering an upcoming visit to the southern border.
“And so not immediately but I could see a trip at some point in the future here. But it is something that President Trump is really concerned about,” Miller said.
More than 100,000 illegal immigrants crossed the nation’s southern border in February. More than 16,000 unaccompanied youth are in U.S. government custody.
The vice president’s silence continues to add to the growing immigration problem. Harris may serve as a leader on the issue, but must act in order to show she is addressing the crisis.