Vice President Kamala Harris busted out laughing after she was asked why she has yet to pay a visit to the southern border in the midst of an immigration crisis, having been tapped by President Joe Biden to lead the effort in solving this problem.
“And I haven’t been to Europe,” Harris said with a laugh during an interview on NBC’s “Today” show Tuesday. “And I mean, I don’t understand the point that you’re making. I’m not discounting the importance of the border.”
Earlier in the interview, when NBC News anchor Lester Holt first asked Harris “why not visit the border,” Harris evaded answering the question directly.
“Well, we are going to the border,” Harris responded. “We have to deal with what’s happening at the border, there’s no question about that. That’s not a debatable point. But we have to understand that there’s a reason people are arriving at our border and ask what is that reason and then identify the problem, so we can fix it.”
After Holt again challenged Harris, asking whether she had “any plans to visit the border,” the vice president replied: “At some point, you know, we are going to the border. We’ve been to the border. So this whole thing about the border, we’ve been to the border. We’ve been to the border.”
According to Axios, preliminary Customs and Border Protection data shows the number of migrants illegally crossing the border this fiscal year is already the most since 2006 — with four months left.
President Biden gave Harris the order to take charge of the immigration crisis back in March and up to this point not much has really been done to bring it to an end.