Vice President Kamala Harris was tapped two weeks in the past to “lead efforts” to stem the disaster on the southern border — however she nonetheless has not visited the crossing, nor has she held a press convention.
President Biden tapped Harris on March 24 to steer the diplomatic effort to deal with the unlawful migrant surge, however to date she hasn’t held a name aside from to Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei to debate the “root causes” of the disaster on March 30.
The two talked about growing humanitarian help to Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.
“They agreed to explore innovative opportunities to create jobs and to improve the conditions for all people in Guatemala and the region, including by promoting transparency and combating crime,” the White House readout of the decision mentioned.
In her first two weeks as czar, she has traveled to Connecticut, Chicago, Brentwood, Calif., after which to Oakland over the Easter weekend.
She has presided over swearing-in ceremonies, touted the administration’s coronavirus stimulus bundle, the COVID response, visited vaccine websites, lunched with the president, attended a cupboard assembly, held listening classes with religion leaders and small-business homeowners, her public schedule confirmed.
In an interview on “CBS This Morning” the day she was named by the president to be the border czar, Harris acknowledged that the administration is dealing with a “huge problem,” however stopped in need of admitting a disaster.
“Are we looking at overcrowding at the border, particularly these kids? Yes. Should these kids be in the custody of HHS, the Health and Human Services, instead of the Border Patrol? Yes. Should we be processing these cases faster? Yes,” she informed the morning present.
“This is, however, not going to be solved overnight.”
In her first full day after being appointed, March 25, Harris participated in a White House digital Passover celebration with second gentleman Doug Emhoff.
That night time, an aide to former President Donald Trump mentioned Trump was contemplating touring to the border “soon” to look at the scenario.
The subsequent day, March 26, Harris traveled to New Haven, Conn., with Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona to go to a Boys & Girls Club to speak about how the coronavirus aid plan impacts little one poverty and schooling.
She additionally took half in an “empowering women and girls” webcast with former President Bill Clinton.
Harris had no public schedule over the weekend, March 27 and 28.
On March 28 it was reported that, in keeping with leaked paperwork, the Biden administration predicts the surge of unaccompanied children crossing the southern border will smash data and proceed for the subsequent six months.
The White House mentioned the variety of minors may soar to 26,000 a month in September, dwarfing the 16,000 crossing into the US in March, Axios reported on the time.
On March 29, she joined the president when he delivered remarks concerning the administration’s COVID response and vaccine rollout.
On the identical day, Border Patrol brokers introduced that that they had arrested a Mexican man who had been convicted of a sex offense within the US after he illegally crossed the southern border in California.
The 32-year-old man entered the US about 15 miles east of the Calexico Port, Customs and Border Patrol said in a statement on the time.
The subsequent day she was with the president on the White House when he signed the PPP Extension Act of 2021.
She held a dialogue with religion leaders on March 31, asking them to talk to their congregations about the necessity to get vaccinated.
Harris made a name to the Guatemalan president, as effectively, concerning the migrant surge.
A day later, border patrol agent Gloria Chavez shared a heart-stopping video of smugglers abandoning two little girls within the New Mexico desert in the course of the night time, after dropping them over a 14 foot-high fence.
The smugglers may be seen scaling the fence and dropping the 5-year-old and 3-year-old to the onerous floor and throwing objects that seem like belongings after them.
On April 1, she held extra discussions concerning the coronavirus, had lunch with Biden and attended the primary Cabinet assembly.
She and her husband jetted off to California that night time, the place they stayed with none public occasions for the Easter weekend.
On Monday, she appeared in Oakland with the state’s embattled governor, Gavin Newsom, earlier than returning to LA.
That identical day Federal authorities revealed that two Yemeni males on the FBI’s terror watchlist had been arrested in latest months for illegally coming into the US from Mexico.
The males, ages 33 and 26, have been busted close to the Calexico Port of Entry in California in separate incidents on Jan. 29 and March 30, CBP mentioned.
The older man was discovered with a cell phone SIM card underneath the insole of his shoe, the company additionally mentioned.
The subsequent morning she traveled to Chicago the place she toured a vaccination website earlier than returning to DC.
Asked on March 22 if she deliberate to go to the US-Mexico border amid the unfolding humanitarian disaster, Vice President Harris responded, “not today,” earlier than letting out a belly laugh. “But I have before, and I’m sure I will again.”