Her visit comes on the heels of a disastrous trip to Guatemala and Mexico final month — a calculated distraction from the historic surge of unlawful immigration on the southwest border, which noticed greater than 180,000 apprehensions in May, a document for that month, and nightmarish circumstances at migrant youth detention facilities throughout the nation.
Harris was criticized by each Republicans and a few Democrats from border districts final month for visiting Central America and Mexico earlier than bothering to see for herself the disaster on the border, which was unleashed by a collection of govt orders and insurance policies Biden enacted instantly upon taking workplace in January.
But it doesn’t actually matter the place the vp goes, or when. Her journey to El Paso, like her journey to Mexico and Guatemala, is pure theater. As quickly as Harris’s airplane landed, the present started. Asked on the tarmac why she determined now was the best time to make her first journey to the border as vp, Harris repeated the awkwardly apparent lie that she has “been to the border many times,” earlier than regurgitating the absurd speaking factors that she needed to go to Central America first to grasp the “root causes” of migration.
Things didn’t enhance from there. For one factor, Harris didn’t even go to the precise border. She visited a Border Patrol station about 9 miles from the Rio Grande, talked to some immigration activists and authorized service suppliers, posed for press pictures again on the airport, and departed for Los Angeles earlier than 1 p.m. Even the selection of El Paso was pure theatrics. Instead of going to the epicenter of the disaster, on the opposite finish of Texas within the Rio Grande Valley, Harris reportedly selected El Paso as a result of that’s the place the Trump administration first carried out its short-lived household separation coverage. Politics, not the tough realities on the border, was her motivation.
None of this comes as a shock. By now we’ve come to count on cursory and substance-less border theatrics from this administration, together with reckless coverage choices like ending the “Remain in Mexico” program, which in all probability did greater than anything to stave off the migrant surge that was unleashed when Biden signed the order.
The factor is, Harris didn’t must visit the border to grasp the continued disaster there any greater than she wanted to visit Guatemala or Mexico to grasp the “root causes” of migration. The try to make unlawful immigration extra sophisticated than it’s has been a trademark of the left for many years. We all know why individuals flee impoverished and corrupt nations to return to the United States, and everyone knows that if they’ve an inexpensive likelihood of getting in and being allowed to remain, even when they cross illegally, they may come.
And in order that they have — in numbers we haven’t seen in many years. With the border now successfully beneath the management of highly effective legal cartels which can be profiting off what quantities to industrialized unlawful immigration, the stakes for the Biden administration are excessive, even when the vp doesn’t realize it — or, for purely partisan political causes, refuses to behave prefer it.
John Daniel Davidson is the political editor of The Federalist.