Vice President Kamala Harris embarked on her first diplomatic trip abroad this week, visiting Guatemala and Mexico after being tapped by President Joe Biden to lead the effort to address the out-of-control migration crisis at the U.S. southern border.
Biden appointed Harris his border czar on May 24, some 76 days ago. Not only has she not held a press conference in the U.S. on the issue, but the Democrat also has not even visited the border.
In a sit down this week with NBC’s Lester Holt, part of a PR campaign to make it look like the administration is doing something about a record flood of humanity coming to America, the vice president was asked directly when will she visit the border and after shrugging the idea off she tried to get away with flat out distortion.
“At some point,” Harris said, throwing her arms around. “We are going to the border. We have been to the border. So, this whole thing about the border, we’ve been to the border. We’ve been to the border.”
Three times Harris claimed “we” have been to the border, apparently expecting Holt not to challenge the remark. To his credit, he did.
“You have not been to the border,” Holt interjected, for clarity.
After one helluva pause, Harris replied with a hearty laugh, “And I haven’t been to Europe. I don’t understand the point you are making.”
Of course, the vice president knows the media as a whole has her back. That has been proven these past two and half months, where she’s been given a pass for her inaction — aside from a handful of virtual meetings, this week marked her first demonstrable actions.
Harris falls back on the claim that she is addressing the “root causes” of the crisis to justify not visiting the border — it’s fair to say she need go no further than the White House to identify the “root cause.”
The administration understands that once Harris does visit the border, they will own the humanitarian crisis underway. There are reportedly over 20,000 unaccompanied minors currently in custody and migrants who have entered the country illegally are being released by the thousands.
Two days after Harris was appointed, spokeswoman Symone Sanders told reporters: “The vice president is not doing the border.”
“You can expect she will be speaking with leaders from the region in the near future,” the progressive ideologue added.
A reporter asked Harris during a joint press conference with Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei why she hasn’t visited the border, and effectively dismissed a visit as just a “grand gesture.”
“The reason I am here in Guatemala as my first trip as vice president in the United States is because this is one of our highest priorities, and I came here to be here on the ground to speak with the leader of this nation around what we can do in a way that is significant, is tangible and has real results,” she responded. “And I will continue to be focused on that kind of work as opposed to grand gestures.”
Minority Leader Keven McCarthy, R-Calif., was quick to share the clip:
A reporter just asked VP Kamala Harris why she and President Biden have refused to visit the Southern border to see the crisis firsthand.
Her response—delivered from a podium in Guatemala—was that going to America's border would be nothing more than "grand gestures." pic.twitter.com/ExbUfi5dVv
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) June 7, 2021
Biden tasked Harris to “lead our efforts with Mexico and the Northern Triangle, and the countries that can help, need help in stemming the movement of so many folks, stemming the migration to our southern border.”
Their answer here is to dump billions of dollars into Central American countries that are largely dependent on the money expatriates send back from the U.S., in the hope that they will somehow stop the flow.
It’s a failed strategy intended to mask the Democratic Party’s long-game strategy of exploiting U.S. immigration laws to fundamentally transform voter demographics in America.
Ahead of Harris’ arrival, President Giammattei criticized Biden’s immigration policies that are largely responsible for the border crisis, saying that the family reunification policy enables human trafficking.
“The message changed to we’re going to reunite families and we’re going to reunite children. The very next day the coyotes were here organizing groups of children to take them to the United States,” Giammattei told CBS News.
After the joint press conference, Giammettei was seen instructing Harris to put on her face mask as they departed from their lecterns.
During the press conference, Harris told the Guatemalan people, “Do not come. Do not come. The United States will continue to enforce our laws and secure our border.”
“As one of our priorities, we will discourage illegal migration,” Vice President Harris added. “And I believe if you come to our border you will be turned back.”
Her remarks are chock full of doublespeak, as the Biden administration considers the thousands of applications for asylum as following the legal process. And, amid the out-of-control surge in illegal immigration currently happening, the administration insists they are enforcing our laws. Harris also did not tell them directly that they’ll be turned back, only saying “I believe” that will happen.
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