On Monday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said that we should not expect Vice President Kamala Harris to visit the border—even though she is assigned to lead the border crisis response team.
The border crisis continues to escalate by the day, and Senator Ted Cruz and 18 others have already gone to the Texas-Mexico border. However, we have yet to see our President and Vice President down at the border.
Last week, 15,000 unaccompanied minors were in U.S. custody, with 709 children living in overcrowded border facilities meant for 80.
When asked about traveling to the border, the vice president merely said, “Not today,” while laughing.
Now, since reporters have made no progress when asking the VP, they turned to the White House Press Secretary.
“Do you have an update on whether the Vice President plans to travel to Central America—to the border—as part of her looking into the root causes of immigration?” a reporter asked Psaki.
She replied that ensuring things go smoothly at the border is “under the Department of Homeland Security and HHS purview.”
“I don’t have an update on her travel, but since you give me that opportunity, it’s important to understand and know that she is focused on the region, root causes, and engaging with governments directly,” Psaki continued.
She added, “I don’t have any travel to preview at this point in time.”