Vice President Kamala Harris began the new year by calling on Americans to “get to work” to build a better America as she enjoyed her own vacation away from the White House in sunny California.
“A new year to continue building a better America,” Harris tweeted. “Let’s get to work.”
The words came just days after Harris left Washington to end 2021 with some vacation days with her husband Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff in California.
Despite the vice president’s challenge to work, her first year in office has left many questions regarding her own progress. After being tapped to lead the immigration response at the southern border in March, she has made only one brief appearance as the border crisis continues to surge.
Harris also claims she’s been hard at work with leaders in the Northern Triangle to address the “root causes of migration.” But an interview with Guatemala’s president revealed he had not spoken to Harris since her visit to the nation months ago.
In the meantime, more than 1.7 million people illegally crossed the border in 2021. How has Harris responded? The Biden administration has filed legal measures in attempts to end the Trump-era Remain in Mexico policy that would keep illegal immigrants in Mexico until an asylum hearing. So far his administration has been unsuccessful in their efforts. The Biden admin was recently forced by a judge to reinstitute the Trump-era policy.
In addition, the Obama-era practice of catch and release regarding migrants has left Border Patrol turned from policing to paperwork as resources are overwhelmed by the numbers flooding into the nation.
While the Biden administration discusses whether to add a vaccine requirement for DOMESTIC flights, there is no testing of illegal immigrants who cross the border and certainly no vaccine requirement.
The concern is not only about immigration, either. The matter has become a major concern for national security, as people from more than 100 nations have crossed the southern border in the past year. This includes illegal immigrants from Syria, Pakistan, Yemen and other “nations of interest” that could easily include individuals out to do harm to Americans.
The vice president’s call to “work hard” also mocks the hard work many Americans are already doing that feels like an uphill climb due to rising inflation. Prices have soared more quickly than any year in the past generation, quickly outpacing salaries as families are forced to make due with less over the Biden administration’s failed economic policies.
If there was a real plan to improve the situation, there could be some hope, but Harris most recently noted in an interview, “We didn’t see Delta coming. I think most scientists did not – upon whose advice and direction we have relied – didn’t see Delta coming,” Harris said.
“We didn’t see Omicron coming. And that’s the nature of what this awful virus has been, which as it turns out, has mutations and variants.”
In other words, no plan. The words and actions of Harris appear to contradict one another as the vice president struggles to make meaningful progress on the issues of importance to Americans.