Border Czar Harris — And White House — Clueless On Solutions

Vice President Kamala Harris and her immediate superior continue to be completely void of solutions to their self-created border crisis. Since being tasked with fixing the broken border almost two years ago, Harris has seen encounters skyrocket 35%.

And the White House does not even know how to describe her job.

In December, Biden Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was asked exactly what the vice president is doing to stem the tide. In a telling response, she declared that “I don’t have anything to lay out specifically on what that work looks like.”

This answer, of course, comes at a time when over 4 million illegal migrants have flooded the nation’s southern border under their watch.

Harris was infamously assigned to address the “root cause” of the border mess. Nearly two years later, her efforts totaled one visit to the area in 2021, none the following year, and three days in Latin America on two vice presidential excursions.

A Los Angeles Times database search revealed that Harris’ last public appearance on immigration came on June 15. There were 20 total scheduled events on the subject, but most came very early in her Washington tenure.

Only three are dated since Aug. 5, 2021.

In July 2021, Harris released her outline for stemming the tide at the southern border. The simplistic and highly improbable approach called for encouraging democracy and improving economic conditions in Central America to remove the lure of passage into the U.S.

As for her boss, the president has not made one trip to the border since his inauguration. As he put it, “there are more important things going on.”

Biden was sworn into office in January 2021. That month there were 78,000 encounters at the southern border. This also notably came at the end of former President Donald Trump’s time in office, a time when the emphasis on border security reached its peak.

Just two months later, the total of encounters more than doubled to 173,000 and reached as high as 241,000 in May 2022. It is glaringly apparent that the pivot came when the Democratic president turned his back on the successful programs of his predecessor.

If his vice president is indeed searching for the “root cause” of the nation’s border crisis, she doesn’t need to go far to find it. A simple review of the administration’s actions — and inactions — will reveal all the evidence needed to solve the problem.