“It’s been three weeks since President Biden appointed VP Harris to oversee the border. Since then, the crisis has only gotten out of hand,” wrote Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., Chairman of the Minority House of Representatives Tweet Wednesday. “The vice president has not traveled to the border, held a press conference or offered a plan to contain the ongoing crisis.”
At a press conference on Wednesday on Capitol Hill, Steve Scalise (R-La.), The minority whip of the House, held up a milk carton with Harris’ picture under the word “missing”.
Biden’s attempt to blame Harris for the government’s immigration response in the Northern Triangle came amid growing numbers of migrants, including many unaccompanied children, arriving on the country’s southern border. In March, the US detained a record number of unaccompanied children, forcing the Biden government to increase the capacity of the shelters and reduce the time it takes to transfer children from federal custody to verified godparents.
“These are root-cause issues that are not addressed overnight,” Harris said on Wednesday. “A big part of our focus is diplomatic about what we can do in a way that is about working with these countries.”
At a briefing on Wednesday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said not whether Harris planned to specifically visit the border, but that Harris would be a “high-level channel” and speak to executives in the area. Psaki emphasized that Homeland Security Minister Alejandro Mayorkas had visited the border.