Kamala Harris has still to visit the US-Mexico border or even hold a press conference about her new duties in the two weeks since being tasked wi
Kamala Harris has still to visit the US-Mexico border or even hold a press conference about her new duties in the two weeks since being tasked with addressing the migrant crisis.
The Vice President spent Easter weekend at her Brentwood home in Southern California where she baked a ‘beautiful’ roast pork with rice and peas, but did not find time in her schedule to visit the nearby border.
In the past two weeks she has also visited Connecticut for a talk with the Boys and Girls Club of New Haven, met with Gavin Newsom to show support amid his potential recall election, and made a trip to a bakery in Chicago.
On March 24, she was tasked with leading the efforts to tackle the ‘humanitarian crisis’ amid a surge of migrants trying to enter the US since Joe Biden‘s administration came into office.
New government statistics released last week revealed that 171,000 migrants were caught by US authorities at the border in March – the highest monthly total in two decades.
Since being appointed Border Czar, the Vice President has jetted all over the US without visiting the ‘humanitarian crisis’ in the south
Hello, Goodbye: Vice President Harries turns and waves goodbye to Los Angeles as she boards Air Force Two for her journey to Chicago
Harris found time to meet bakers at the Brown Sugar Bakery in Chicago on Tuesday where she was presented with cakes
Harris speaks at the West Haven Child Development Center during a visit to promote the administration’s $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan
Kamala Harris has still not visited the US-Mexico border or even held a press conference about her new duties
A makeshift camp of migrants sits at the border port of entry leading to the United States in Mexico
The total includes about 19,000 unaccompanied migrant children and 53,000 family members traveling together, the preliminary figures showed.
The March arrest totals at the US-Mexico border represent the highest monthly level since April 2000 when border patrol agents caught more than 180,000 migrants.
But Harris has stayed publicly silent on the issue and has not held a press conference or major interview about her new duties she was assigned them two weeks ago.
Biden initially said she would be in charge of returning migrants to their home countries.
New government statistics released last week revealed that 171,000 migrants were caught by US authorities at the border in March
She spent Easter weekend at her Brentwood home before meeting with Gavin Newsom on Monday in a show of support to the beleaguered California governor
Kamala’s schedule since becoming ‘Border Czar’
March 25 – Washington DC: Virtual Passover
March 26 – New Haven, Connecticut: meeting with Boys and Girls Club and education leaders
March 27-28 – Washington DC: no public commitments
March 29 – Washington DC: Covid briefing and delivering pandemic remarks
March 30 – Washington DC: Signed the PPP extension into law and spoke with Guatemalan President
April 1 – Washington DC/Los Angeles, California: Met with stakeholders before traveling to her Brentwood home
April 2-4 – Los Angeles: At home with no public commitments
April 5 – Oakland, California: Met Gavin Newsom, toured water treatment plant and met business leaders
April 6 – Chicago, Illinois: Toured a Covid vaccination site before returning to Washington DC
He said: ‘The vice president has agreed… to lead our diplomatic effort and work with those nations to accept the returnees, and enhance migration enforcement at their borders.’
The White House later claimed Harris was not directly involved with the border crisis but was instead addressing its ‘root causes’.
Her schedule shows that since she was tasked with helping the crisis, she has largely remained in Washington DC.
On March 25, her only public duty was the White House’s virtual Passover celebration with her husband Doug Emhoff, while the following day she visited New Haven, Connecticut, to meet with the Boys and Girls Club.
She spent the weekend in Washington DC with no public commitments, before receiving a Covid briefing and joining Biden for a speech on their pandemic response on the Monday.
On Tuesday March 30, Harris received the President’s daily brief in the morning before signing the PPP extension into law in the Oval Office.
She also carried out the only known work related to the border since being appointed Border Czar as she held a phone call with President Alejandro Giammattei of Guatemala.
A statement said: ‘They discussed the significant risks to those leaving their homes and making the dangerous journey to the United States, especially during a global pandemic.’
The following day, she led a discussion with faith leaders where she encouraged their communities to take up the vaccine.
She returned home to California on Thursday, April 1, her third visit during the administration.
The March arrest totals at the US-Mexico border represent the highest monthly level since April 2000
Harris visited the Brown Sugar Bakery in Chicago on Tuesday after touring a Covid vaccine site
Harris spent the weekend at home where she baked a ‘beautiful’ roast pork with rice and peas, according to the LA Times.
She had no public events over the weekend until she traveled to her hometown of Oakland on Monday where she met with California Gov. Gavin Newsom and gave her support as he faces a potential recall election.
The Vice President toured a water treatment plant to highlight the benefits of the American Jobs Plan and held a ‘listening session’ with business owners.
Republican National Committee spokesman Keith Schipper said: ‘It’s been nearly two weeks since Vice President Kamala Harris was named manager of the Biden Border Crisis, and while she has made time to return home to the Bay Area, Harris has refused to visit the border — which is only 500 miles from her location today — to survey the crisis firsthand.
She traveled to her hometown of Oakland on Monday where she met with California Gov. Gavin Newsom and gave her support as he faces a potential recall election
Harris exits Air Force Two on Tuesday on arrival at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., as she returns to Washington from Chicago
Harris speaks about investing in small businesses using community banking at Red Door Catering in Oakland
The Vice President has been slammed for Republicans for avoiding the border during the ‘crisis’
‘Californians don’t find this border crisis funny and demand the so-called manager get to work fixing the problem this administration created.’
On Tuesday, Harris traveled to Chicago where she toured a Covid vaccine site before returning to Washington DC.
The previous Thursday, she also spoke with Canada’s deputy prime minister Chrystia Freeland about developing a ‘positive, forward-looking agenda in the Northern Triangle’ of Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras.
Just days before she was tasked with addressing the migrant crisis, Harris laughed when she was asked if she would visit the border.
She was in Jacksonville to address food insecurity and vaccinations when asked if she had plans to visit the border.
Harris replied laughing: ‘Not today. But I have before and I’m sure I will again.’