Where is Kamala? Two weeks since being named border czar, Harris still hasn’t visited

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Where is Kamala? Two weeks since being named border czar, Harris still hasn’t visited

Vice President Kamala Harris was tapped two weeks ago to “lead efforts” to stem the crisis on the southern border — but she still

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Vice President Kamala Harris was tapped two weeks ago to “lead efforts” to stem the crisis on the southern border — but she still has not visited the crossing, nor has she held a press conference. 

President Biden tapped Harris on March 24 to lead the diplomatic effort to address the illegal migrant surge, but so far she hasn’t held a call other than to Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei to discuss the “root causes” of the crisis on March 30.

The two talked about increasing humanitarian assistance to Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.

“​They agreed to explore innovative opportunities to create jobs and to improve the conditions for all people in Guatemala and the region, including by promoting transparency and combating crime​,” the White House readout of the call said.

Vice President Kamala Harris waves after walking with Lt Col Grant McNelis, 89th Operations Support Squadron/Mission Operations Officer, to Marine 2 on Tuesday, April 6, 2021 in Andrews Air Force Base, MD.
Vice President Kamala Harris waves from Marine Two on Tuesday, April 6, 2021, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md.
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​In her first two weeks as czar, she has traveled to Connecticut, Chicago, Brentwood, Calif., and then to Oakland over the Easter weekend.

She has presided over swearing-in ceremonies, touted the administration’s coronavirus stimulus package, the COVID response, visited vaccine sites, lunched with the president, attended a cabinet meeting, held listening sessions with faith leaders and small-business owners, her public schedule showed. 

In an interview on “CBS This Morning” the day she was named by the president to be the border czar, Harris acknowledged that the administration is facing a “huge problem,” but stopped short of admitting a crisis.

A family from Haiti crosses the Rio Grande, in Mexico on March 30, 2021.
A family from Haiti crosses the Rio Grande, in Mexico on March 30, 2021.
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“Are we looking at overcrowding at the border, particularly these kids? Yes. Should these kids be in the custody of HHS, the Health and Human Services, instead of the Border Patrol? Yes. Should we be processing these cases faster? Yes,” she told the morning show.

“This is, however, not going to be solved overnight.”

Vice President Kamala Harris makes a stop at Brown Sugar Bakery on Chicagos Southside with Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx and Illinois Lt. Governor Juliana Stratton on April 6, 2021 in Chicago, Illinois.
Vice President Kamala Harris makes a stop at Brown Sugar Bakery on Chicago’s Southside with Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx and Illinois Lt. Gov. Juliana Stratton on April 6, 2021.
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In her first full day after being appointed, March 25, Harris participated in a White House virtual Passover celebration with second gentleman Doug Emhoff. ​

That night, an aide to former President Donald Trump said Trump was considering traveling to the border “soon” to observe the situation. ​

The next day, March 26, Harris traveled to New Haven, Conn., with Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona to visit a Boys & Girls Club to talk about how the coronavirus relief plan affects child poverty and education. 

Migrants are seen inside Gimnasio Kiki Romero, a gym which has been converted into a makeshift migrant shelter, in Ciudad Juarez on April 6, 2021.
Migrants are seen inside Gimnasio Kiki Romero, a gym which has been converted into a makeshift migrant shelter, in Ciudad Juarez on April 6, 2021.
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She also took part in an “empowering women and girls” webcast with former President Bill Clinton.

Harris had no public schedule over the weekend, March 27 and 28.

US Vice President Kamala Harris speaks during her tour of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 399 union hall, which currently serves as a Covid-19 vaccination site in Chicago, Illinois, on April 6, 2021
US Vice President Kamala Harris speaks during her tour of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 399 union hall, which currently serves as a Covid-19 vaccination site in Chicago, Illinois, on April 6, 2021
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On March 28 it was reported that, according to leaked documents, the Biden administration predicts the surge of unaccompanied children crossing the southern border will smash records and continue for the next six months.

The White House said the number of minors could soar to 26,000 a month in September, dwarfing the 16,000 crossing into the US in March, Axios reported at the time.

On March 29, she joined the president when he delivered remarks about the administration’s COVID response and vaccine rollout. 

On the same day, Border Patrol agents announced that they had arrested a Mexican man who had been convicted of a sex offense in the US after he illegally crossed the southern border in California.

The 32-year-old man entered the US about 15 miles east of the Calexico Port, Customs and Border Patrol said in a statement at the time.

The next day she was with the president at the White House when he signed the PPP Extension Act of 2021. 

Migrants that crossed into the United States in the Rio Grande Valley and were flown to El Paso, Texas are expelled to Mexico, as seen from Ciudad Juarez on April 6, 2021.
Migrants that crossed into the United States in the Rio Grande Valley and were flown to El Paso, Texas are expelled to Mexico, as seen from Ciudad Juarez on April 6, 2021.
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She held a discussion with faith leaders on March 31, asking them to speak to their congregations about the need to get vaccinated.  

Harris made a call to the Guatemalan president, as well, about the migrant surge.  

A day later, border patrol agent Gloria Chavez shared a heart-stopping video of smugglers abandoning two little girls in the New Mexico desert in the middle of the night, after dropping them over a 14 foot-high fence.

Vice President Kamala Harris (R) and California Gov. Gavin Newsom (C) tour the Upper San Leandro Water Treatment Plant with David Briggs, (L) EBMUD director of operations and maintenance on April 5, 2021 in Oakland, California.
Vice President Kamala Harris (R) and California Gov. Gavin Newsom (C) tour the Upper San Leandro Water Treatment Plant with David Briggs, (L) EBMUD director of operations and maintenance on April 5, 2021 in Oakland, California.
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The smugglers can be seen scaling the fence and dropping the 5-year-old and 3-year-old to the hard ground and throwing items that appear to be belongings after them.

On April 1, she held more discussions about the coronavirus, had lunch with Biden and attended the first Cabinet meeting.

Vice President Kamala Harris speaks about investing in small businesses using community banking at Red Door Catering in Oakland, California on April 5, 2021.
Vice President Kamala Harris speaks about investing in small businesses using community banking at Red Door Catering in Oakland, California on April 5, 2021.
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She and her husband jetted off to California that night, where they stayed without any public events for the Easter weekend. 

On Monday, she appeared in Oakland with the state’s embattled governor, Gavin Newsom, before returning to LA.

Migrant youths are seen inside the Cotton Logistics oilfield housing that was constructed in 2012 to temporarily house workers in the oil industry in Midland, Texas on April 5, 2021.
Migrant youths are seen inside the Cotton Logistics oilfield housing that was constructed in 2012 to temporarily house workers in the oil industry in Midland, Texas on April 5, 2021.
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That same day Federal authorities revealed that two Yemeni men on the FBI’s terror watchlist had been arrested in recent months for illegally entering the US from Mexico.

The men, ages 33 and 26, were busted near the Calexico Port of Entry in California in separate incidents on Jan. 29 and March 30, CBP said.

The older man was found with a mobile phone SIM card under the insole of his shoe, the agency also said.

The next morning she traveled to Chicago where she toured a vaccination site before returning to DC. 

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