When Joe Biden gave Kamala Harris the job of fixing the immigration crisis, Americans certainly weren’t expecting her to dive into a Marshall Plan for the countries of the Northern Triangle. Yet, after having only visited the border once during her time as “border czar,” Harris is now setting off to Honduras. This, despite the fact that an ever larger number of illegal immigrants at the Southern border aren’t even from South America. It’s not the economies of Latin American countries that need fixing, it’s America’s border, and the policies that govern it. The Daily Mail reports on Harris’s continued avoidance of the border, writing:
Vice President Kamala Harris is traveling to Honduras for the inauguration of President-elect Xiomara Castro in an effort to ‘address the root causes’ of illegal immigration.
The trip is part of Harris’ effort to ‘deepen the partnership’ between the US and Honduras to combat corruption and migration, as well as advance economic growth, the White House announced Tuesday.
Harris, 57, was tasked by President Joe Biden last year to lead the nation’s border crisis response and has faced widespread criticisms over her efforts within the role.
Republicans have mockingly nicknamed her the ‘border czar’ while also accusing her of being uninterested in actually visiting the US-Mexico border.
Since being named as the point person on the migrant crisis in March, Harris has visited the southern border just once, last June, when she spent a few hours in El Paso, Texas, before jetting off to her $5million Los Angeles mansion.
Meanwhile, illegal crossings at the border have skyrocketed since Biden took office. Customs and Border Protection data shows agents have encountered more than 1.75 million migrants illegally crossing or attempting to seek asylum in the US last year.
The vice president’s upcoming trip will mark her second trip to a Northern Triangle country since she was tasked with tackling the border crisis.
It is unclear when Harris will depart for Honduras or how long she will be in the country. However, Castro’s inauguration is slated for January 27.
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