Joe Biden put Vice President Kamala Harris squarely on the third rail in contemporary national politics when he asked her to help overcome some of the causes of the ongoing migrant crisis.
It’s been eight days since Harris vowed to collaborate with Central American countries to address the border crisis. She’s reportedly collaborating with El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico in the so-called Northern Triangle.
“There’s no question that this is a challenging situation,” Harris said last week.
“While we are clear that people should not come to the border now, we also understand that we will enforce the law and that we also, because we can chew gum and walk at the same time, must address the root causes that cause people to make the trek,” she added.
The next step of Harris’ immigration portfolio is close to her boss’s role at the end of Obama’s presidency. Biden was given authority for a $1 billion effort in Central America as Vice President in 2015 in the hopes of reducing the influx of refugees from Mexico to the southern U.S. border. The funding came with few conditions, and the problem has only become worse due to the region’s corruption. Six years later, the Biden administration is drawing on that perspective as they attempt to resolve the crisis’s root causes once more.
Biden mentioned Harris was the administration’s point person on the issue. Significantly this is Harris’s first seaworthiness evaluation.
“It’s a huge problem. I’m not going to pretend it’s not. It’s a huge problem,” According to USA Today, Harris said on CBS about the border situation, “It’s a big challenge. … Are we looking at overcrowding at the border, particularly of these kids? Yes. Should these kids be in the custody of HHS … instead of the patrol? Yes. Should we be processing these cases faster? Yes.”
Last week, Harris said that the issue was “not going to be solved overnight.” Harris’s performance in this role so far is not at all transparent? We’re hoping to hear from her, but it seems that we’ll have to wait a little while.
Despite this, we have no idea what Harris’s position is—how she wants to tackle the case. We have no idea how she wants to tackle Honduras, one of the most complicated facets of the crisis.