Kamala Harris is MIA as Joe Biden administration orders 'volunteer deployments' amid migrant surge at border
Vice President Kamala Harris has remained inexplicably silent as the immigration debacle at the US-Mexico borders veers out of control
The Joe Biden administration is reportedly calling on government volunteers to report for duty amid unprecedented surge of migrants at the Mexico border. However, many are wondering about the whereabouts of the person tasked with fixing the crisis.
Vice President Kamala Harris has remained inexplicably silent as the immigration crisis at the US-Mexico borders veers out of control, Fox News reported.
Biden officially roped in his deputy last Wednesday to lead the charge at the border, but there aren't any plans for Harris to travel south or even give her take on the issue, per the outlet. Harris had no events scheduled this past weekend with regards to border-related activity, according to the Office of the Vice President.
The VP's apparent absence amid the crisis comes as the Biden administration is asking government employees to help manage the migrant influx. Agency heads have received memos from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) seeking "volunteer deployments" for up to 120 days. "We are actively working to screen, process, and deploy these volunteers while continuing our recruitment efforts and exploration of other avenues to bolster staff resources at the border," an OPM spokesperson said, as quoted by Fox News.
These are the Biden cages. (Faces blurred.) Thousands of kids, in the midst of a pandemic, crammed in at 1500% capacity.— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) March 27, 2021
This is just one of the “pods” at Donna. There are SEVEN more, equally full. pic.twitter.com/zyMm5yiIPZ
According to CNN, Harris is currently frustrated with the ongoing renovations being made to the vice president's mansion, while government officials are preparing to volunteer their time at the border. Until the removations are completed, she will be forced to stay at Blair House, the president’s official guest quarters, with second gentleman Doug Emhoff.
"The administration provided no explanation for renovation delays, leading to the vice president having to reportedly live "out of suitcases" while the nation questions why she hasn’t packed those bags for a border visit," wrote Angelica Stible of Fox News.
On the other hand, Harris couldn't help but laugh while responding to a question from a reporter Monday on whether she'd be heading down south soon. In a video, Harris was asked by a reporter on the tarmac, after she had descended from Air Force Two at Jacksonville, Florida, “Do you plan to visit the border?” Harris responded, “Um, not today," before breaking into a cackle and adding, “But, um, I have before and I’m sure I will again.”
Apparently, the border crisis is now a laughing matter for the Biden administration.— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) March 22, 2021
WATCH: VP Kamala Harris laughs when asked if she has any plans to visit the border. pic.twitter.com/z3AdoFX0Dq
Biden announced on Wednesday, March 24, that Harris would be heading up his administration's approach to the crisis at the southern border with Mexico. "She's leading the effort," he proudly declared, adding, "I think the best thing to do is put someone who, when he or she speaks, they don't have to wonder about — is that where the president is? As she speaks, she speaks for me, doesn't have to check with me, she knows what she's doing — and I hope we can move this along."
As a senator, Harris has previously sparked outrage by asking Ronald Vitiello, the former Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) acting director, during a congressional hearing whether he understood the people who were comparing ICE to the KKK.