In an effort to deal with President Joe Biden’s self-created border crisis, his designated ‘immigration czar’ Vice President Kamala Harris is now visiting Guatemala 1,000 miles south of the U.S.-Mexico border. But en route there, like President GW Bush, did during the Hurricane Katrina aftermath, Harris flew OVER the border where tens of thousands of illegal migrants are daily surging and crossing illegally.
Unlike Bush’s low-level Katrina overflight though, Harris’ plane flew at 30,000 feet. This likely didn’t give the Vice President a great view of the chaos on the ground.
As I have reported, Harris has come under criticism for not having visited the border since being appointed to her role – something critics (including myself) say is vital for her to know how to tackle the crisis.
Since Biden’s election, these migrants have been entering the U.S. illegally in unprecedented numbers, overwhelming local and federal authorities. Many unaccompanied children have been housed in cages, and thousands more have been flown across the country at taxpayer expense to alternative housing. Others have been housed at U.S. military bases.
Beyond that, as I have also reported, large numbers of single males between the ages of 18 and 30 have been identified or captured crossing illegally using military tactics and gear.
Many experts note that Biden’s reckless immigration policies, such as promising amnesty, and stopping certain enforcement and construction of border barriers, which immediately reversed former President Trump’s effective border and immigration policies, are to blame for the sudden unprecedented surge. However, Harris, who has refused to visit the border or speak with officials on the ground, is now blaming the climate, and other issues, for the illegal migrant wave.
Fox News reported that:
Vice President Kamala Harris’ staff on Sunday insisted that the “main drivers” of the migrant surge to the southern border are climate and the economy – as Harris arrived in Guatemala and after the Guatemalan president blamed the change in U.S. administrations for the crisis.
Harris spokesperson Symone Sanders told reporters that climate and the economy were among the “main drivers” of the surge in migrants that saw more than 178,000 migrants hit the border in April alone – a number that continued a spike in February and March.
Officials also emphasized the role corruption plays in forcing migrants to make the journey north.
“We see corruption as one of the most important root causes to be dealt with,” special envoy Richard Zuniga said.
Yet, even if many of these are factors in illegal migration north to the United States, Central American leaders disagree with Biden-Harris on the bigger causes. On Sunday, Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei said he and Harris “are not on the same side of the coin” on the issue and blamed what he saw as a more welcoming message to migrants by the new administration for the surge. He told CBS News:
The message changed too: ‘We’re going to reunite families, we’re going to reunite children.’ The very next day, the coyotes were here organizing groups of children to take them to the United States. We asked the United States government to send more of a clear message to prevent more people from leaving.
My earlier reports of large groups of illegal migrants wearing t-shirts with the Biden election logo and words “PLEASE LET US IN” beneath it, would support the Guatemalan president’s assessment. Perhaps Harris can actually land at the border on her way home to see for herself.
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