Kamala Harris, who was designated by President Biden to address the immigration crisis, falsely claimed that she had been on the southern border. However, the trip to Mexico and Guatemala skipped the southern border.
Since Harris took office, she has not visited the border states to see the severity of the crisis firsthand. Despite this, in an interview with NBC News on Tuesday she said that she “has been” there.
Kamala Harris’s confusing answer
“I – at some point – you know – we are going to the border. We’ve been to the border,” Harris said to Lester Holt, an NBC journalist.
“So this whole – this whole – this whole thing about the border. We’ve been to the border. We’ve been to the border,” she added.
When reminded by journalist Lester Holt that she personally has not been there, she responded by deflecting from the topic: “I – and I haven’t been to Europe. And I mean, I don’t – I don’t understand the point that you’re making,” Kamala Harris added, who then said she was not “discounting the importance of the border.”
The vice president argued that she is in Guatemala because of her focus on addressing the root causes of migration.
Meanwhile, Holt noted that it was not just Republicans urging Harris to make a personal appearance at the border, as members of her own party, such as Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX), has repeatedly asked the Biden administration to visit the region.
“There may be some who think that that is not important, but it is my firm belief that if we care about what’s happening at the border, we better care about the root causes and address them,” she added. “And so that’s what I’m doing.”
Harris has publicly stated that her job is not to go to the border, but to take diplomatic action. However, she has been criticized by Republicans and Democrats on the grounds that her role “should be” to visit the site and take action to end the crisis.
The vice president’s comments came as she visited Guatemala on her first foreign visit to address the massive increase in migration to the U.S. border in recent months.