In March, President Joe Biden put his vice president, Kamala Harris, in charge of solving the then-burgeoning migrant crisis along the U.S.-Mexico border, but several months — and more than 1.5 million illegal migrant contacts — later, the situation remains as chaotic as it has ever been if not worse when considering the major uptick in drug smuggling as well.
But rather than focus more intently on the U.S. migrant crisis, Harris will be jetting off to Europe on Monday to mend fences with long-time ally France and discuss the migrant crisis on the European continent, according to reports.
The New York Post reported Saturday that Harris is departing for a series of meetings with leaders including French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and others ahead of Nov. 11, Armistice Day, which marked the formal end of World War I.
Harris is also scheduled to participate in the Paris Conference on Libya, which is “a diplomatic effort aimed at encouraging peaceful elections that could stem the tide of illegal migrants escaping the civil war-torn country for Europe,” The Post noted.
The VP is expected to show “a deep concern for human rights and the situation of migrants and refugees, and reinforce the imperative of protecting vulnerable people, including those fleeing conflict,” noted a senior administration official last week, according to The Post.
At one point, Harris will meet with Macron one-on-one to continue assuaging the French leader’s concerns and angst over losing a submarine construction deal with Australia to a coalition of countries including the U.S. and the United Kingdom to build nuclear-powered vessels for Canberra.
“Biden sheepishly told Macron last week he had been ‘clumsy’ in blindsiding France with news of the pact, which left America’s oldest ally out of a military plan meant to counter China,” The Post noted.
That said, Harris has come under plenty of fire from critics in the U.S. over her inability — some say inattentiveness — to the migrant crisis along the southwestern border, which has grown substantially worse since Biden assigned her to be the point person to resolve it.
Last month, for instance, Harris skipped a meeting in Mexico City aimed at reaching a new border security arrangement with the Mexican government. Instead, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and even Attorney General Merrick Garland, attended while she traveled to New Jersey to visit Ben Samuels Children’s Center at Montclair State University in Little Falls, and Essex County College in Newark.
“Today’s High-Level Security Dialogue marks an important new phase in the US-Mexico security partnership. We will work together under a new framework to guide our joint efforts, and work toward our shared goals of security and prosperity for our two nations,” Mayorkas tweeted Oct. 8.
According to a transcript of the session provided by the State Department, Mayorkas mentioned Harris at one point.
“[W]e’re here because this High-Level Security Dialogue is a vital venue for addressing some of the most urgent challenges facing our two countries. That’s why President Biden and President Lopez Obrador committed together to launch this effort,” he said.
“Vice President Harris reaffirmed that commitment when she traveled here in June, and today we will carry forward the work for the benefit of people on – in both countries,” he added.
More recently, Harris, who was appointed by Biden to lead the National Space Council earlier this year, asked if NASA could “measure trees” in regards to their “race” as part of “environmental justice.”
Kamala Harris interrupts a NASA presentation to ask if NASA "can measure trees" as part of "environmental justice." pic.twitter.com/POoArDzaGc
— Jake Schneider (@jacobkschneider) November 6, 2021
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