Since Vice President Kamala Harris was tasked with fixing the primary cause of the border crisis over two years ago, more than four million migrants have flooded the southern border.
Since March 2021, when Harris was assigned the job of mass migration at the border, the number of border interactions recorded by U.S. Customs and Border Protection has increased from 167,000 to 233,000.
In January 2021, when President Biden assumed office, there were 78,000 incidents along the southern border. In March of 2021, when Harris was tasked with investigating the source of the mass migration, the number of encounters soared to 173,000. July of that year had 213,000 encounters, while May of 2022 saw a high of 241,000.
In the fiscal year 2022, the number of encounters at the southern border reached a record high of 2.38 million.
In December, the White House could not provide a definition of precisely what Harris performs in her capacity to address the issue of mass migration.
When asked about Harris’ duties at a press briefing, Karine Jean-Pierre, the press secretary, indicated that she did not have any details to provide. In her statement, Jean-Pierre also said that the White House plans to operate the border in a safe, orderly, and humanitarian manner if Title 42 is lifted.
There was no response from the Vice President’s office when asked for a comment.
Harris made one trip to the border in 2021 but none in 2022. Recent months have seen her repeatedly stress that the border is safe.
Her last public appearance on immigration was on June 15, according to a Los Angeles database of Harris’ scheduled events. Twenty immigration-related events are listed in the database for the Vice President, but only three have occurred since August 5, 2021.
In July 2021, Harris unveiled a strategy to handle the border problem. The proposal emphasized the need to strengthen democracy and economic security in Central America in order to reduce the motivation for people to travel through the region in search of a better life in the United States.
President Joe Biden has yet to visit the border as President, noting more pressing matters.
Following a split ruling (5-4), the Supreme Court has put a temporary hold on the December 21, 2022, expiration of Title 42, which a U.S. District Judge had imposed. The White House has stated that it will abide by the verdict and make arrangements for the ultimate end of the program.
Title 42, a regulation from the Trump administration’s epidemic era that authorizes border officials to turn away migrants at the border, will soon expire. Its expiry will likely lead to a surge in migrants at the border.