Harris, whom President Biden deputized to lead forces in Central America to eradicate the "root causes" of the massive waves of illegal immigrants going from there to the U.S. border, has met strong Republican criticism for not bothering to endure firsthand the crisis she's playing a part in ending.
"This crisis is worsening by the day. Yet, the vice president has refused to go to the border herself and talk to the brave law enforcement officers, the men and women who are fighting this on the frontlines. This out-of-sight, out-of-mind approach is a disgrace," Hinson announced on the House floor.
"She’s been to yarn shops, she’s been to bakeries, and she just flew right over the crisis at our southern border to meet with foreign countries with the taxpayer’s checkbook in hand. When asked why she hasn’t visited the border, she laughed. She laughed, and this is no laughing matter. The border crisis impacts the safety and security of every Iowan, of every American. Every state is a border state right now."
Harris’ critics say that it is obvious why she wants to avoid the border. The migrant issue is not easy to solve, but it is by far her greatest task. If the crisis continues to unfold, her hopes to be president could be dashed. But if she latches her success to scoring a diplomatic breakthrough with Honduras and Guatemala, she can easily put the blame on these countries if there is a stalemate.
Actually, it has just been a shocking figure of 83 days without attending the border since getting the role.
Hinson required immediate thought of her measure, though Democrats rebuffed her. House Rules Committee Chairman Jim McGovern, D-Mass., declined the proposal as unserious and assumed it was not worth discussing any further.
The White House repeatedly has made the case that Harris was put in command of addressing the reasons why migrants are leaving their homes, not border security itself.
However, amid increasing stress from Republicans, Harris recently announced she would visit the border, though she refused to say when.
The vice president flew to Guatemala and Mexico last week to address matters like corruption and economic reform as part of the administration's attempt to defeat the causes of migration. Nonetheless, Harris was repeatedly forced throughout the trip to focus rather on questions about why she had not visited the border.