Kamala Harris Goes 12 Days Without News Conference Since Given Border Crisis Role
Harris has continually dodged questions on border
Vice President Kamala Harris was tapped by Joe Biden last month to front the ongoing crisis efforts at the Southern Border amid the surge in migrants coming to the U.S.
Harris's role includes overseeing diplomatic efforts with Northern Triangle countries, among other responsibilities, fitting into the administration's trend delegating substantial foreign policy.
But since it was announced she would lead the border efforts, Harris has continually dodged questions from the media about the border and is still yet to hold a formal news conference.
But the border crisis had grown from bad to worse amid a series of concerns about national security and the stability of the U.S.
Biden said Harris would be working to return migrants to their home countries.
"So this new surge we're dealing with now started with the last administration, but it's our responsibility to deal with it humanely and to – and to stop what's happening," Biden said month.
"And so, this increase has been consequential, but the vice president has agreed – among the multiple other things that I have her leading."
"And I appreciate it – agreed to lead our diplomatic effort and work with those nations to accept re- – the returnees, and enhance migration enforcement at their borders – at their borders."
The White House then claimed Harris wasn't involved with the "border crisis" and instead focused on "root causes – not the border."
Last month, Republican Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey said Harris was "the worst possible choice” to manage the growing crisis and the U.S-Mexico border.
Ducey said during a speech at the University of Arizona:
“She’s about the worst possible choice that one could make."
“In no point in her career has she given any indication that she considers the border a problem or a serious threat.”
Harris herself, once compared Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency, which she will be closely working with, to the Ku Klux Klan.
Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) noted Harris's past comments on Friday, who also noted the Biden administration is not up to the task of fixing the crisis.
"I saw how she asked questions of federal law enforcement, these people that we do need to thank and thank their families for their service and sacrifice. She was never interested in securing the border," Johnson said.
"Instead, what she did is she actually compared a federal law enforcement agency, ICE, to the Ku Klux Klan."