Vice President Kamala Harris has been asked so many times when she is going to visit our nation’s southern border that, by now, you would think she’d have an answer ready.
That was not the case as Harris’s Thursday Univision interview quickly turned awkward when anchor Ilia Calderón pressed Harris on whether or not she is making plans to visit the border.
Harris responded, “I’ve said I’m going to the border, and I-“
Calderón cut her off, pressing harder, “When are you going to the border, Vice President?”
Harris, noticeably irritated, went into full defense mode:
“I’m not finished,” Harris replied, coupled with her infamous nervous laugh. “I’ve said I’m going to the border. And also if we are going to deal with the problems at the border, we have to deal with the problems that cause people to go to the border, to flee to the border. So my first trip as vice president of the United States was to go- in terms of a foreign trip- to Guatemala, to be on the ground there to address and to be informed of the root causes why are the people of Guatemala leaving.”
Calderón asked if there was an official date set for the trip, to which Harris replied that she would keep the reporter posted.
Harris had a similarly terse exchange with MSNBC’s Lester Holt earlier this week when he asked her the same question.
Her vague answer sends a clear message to those asking.
“At some point, you know, we are going to the border. We’ve been to the border. So this whole, this whole, this whole thing about the border. We’ve been to the border. We’ve been to the border,” she said.
She continued, saying that she’d never been to Europe either and she didn’t understand the point that Holt was trying to make.
Perhaps that is the root of the problem. For some reason, Harris does not understand why everyone is badgering her about visiting the southern border. President Joe Biden set her as border czar months ago, but handling the growing crisis does not seem to be very high on the vice president’s to-do list.
Customs and Border Protection’s May apprehension numbers were released Thursday and showed more than 180,000 illegal aliens were apprehended crossing the border over the course of the month, a whopping 674% increase from the 23,237 illegal aliens apprehended at the border just one year ago in May 2020.
There have now been four straight months of more than 100,000 apprehensions by CBP, with three consecutive months above 170,000, the highest numbers in two decades.
Americans, unhappy with Harris’ response to the crisis, took to Twitter to voice their frustration:
“The root cause is u are letting them break the law coming in to our country illegally & giving them free stuff…hint it’s not climate change” [email protected]
“Kamala snaps at Univision reporter who pressed her for an answer, “when are you going to the border?”
Harris was pissed. It IS a crisis and she doesn’t want that photo op.” [email protected]
“You know it’s bad when even Univision, the CNN for Hispanics is getting on Kamala Crime and corruption is the root cause, not climate change.” – @Victor4USA
“Losing the Latino faster then Joe’s memory. People come to the the US for safety, security, and the pursuit of happiness. Not lawlessness” [email protected]
“Way to go, @iliacalderon!! Great job at trying to get us the facts that have always been missing!
“Look how angry the Latin American Univision newscaster is as she asks Kamala point-blank if she will go to the border & how Kamala still doesn’t answer. How hard is it to answer a simple question? ” –@ManuelaGratis
“Harris racially disrespects and verbally bitch slaps reporter on the air using passive aggressive tone!” –@FBIDave
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