Vice President Kamala Harris didn’t need to visit Guatemala and Mexico this week to discover the “root causes” of illegal immigration, or, as she put it, “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.”
The reason people are arriving at our southwest border in near-record numbers — the “root cause,” if you will — is simple: the Biden administration is allowing migrants into the country. That’s it, that’s the reason! Even the president of Guatemala, Alejandro Giammattei, said as much ahead of Harris’s visit.
So no wonder Harris won’t visit the border, or even answer questions about her refusal to do so, dismissing a border visit as merely a “grand gesture.” She’s trying to make a simple problem, one that’s entirely of the Biden administration’s making, complicated.
Pressed this week on why she hasn’t visited the border by NBC’s Lester Holt, Harris was prickly and flippant. “And I haven’t been to Europe!” she said with her trademark unhinged laugh. “And I mean — I don’t understand the point that you’re making. I’m not discounting the importance of the border.”
Here’s the point: the chaos at the border dates from precisely when Biden took office and rescinded a host of Trump-era policies that had been successful at curbing illegal immigration. Those policy changes followed a campaign season during which Biden and Harris, together with the entire Democratic Party, broadcast loud and clear that if they gained power, they would welcome asylum-seekers into the country.
Recall that during a Democratic primary debate in 2019 about immigration, Biden said, “I would in fact make sure that there is, that we immediately surge to the border — all those people are seeking asylum. They deserve to be heard. That’s who we are. We’re a nation that says, ‘If you want to flee and you’re fleeing oppression, you should come.’”
Well, they’re coming — not because there’s poverty and corruption in Guatemala and Mexico. Those countries have always struggled with poverty and corruption, as have Venezuela
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