In 2021, Kamala Harris will make history as the country’s first black, Asian, female vice president to act as a sacrificial goat.
Harris, like so many other women before her, has been assigned the responsibility of arriving late to clean up a mess left by her boss.
Joe Biden undoubtedly wouldn’t fare well in a game of “Jeopardy!” or even a crossword puzzle, but he’s smart enough to see that when you have a problem you can’t solve, you should grandly announce a plan to fix it by… fobbing it off on someone else.
Unfortunately, unlike Barack Obama’s plan to cure cancer by proclaiming that Joe Biden would cure cancer (yeah, that happened), Biden’s buck-passing set Harris up for a glaringly visible failure.
When Lester Holt, a friendly questioner, pointed out to Harris that she had never crossed the border, Harris did her typical maneuver of breaking into her famously odd dismissive chuckle and said, “And I haven’t gone to Europe,” as if Europe had a similar problem.
Perhaps hordes of drenched Irishmen washing ashore on the coasts of Maine.
The Biden administration sparked the border issue with a rhetorical style that sounded like an engraved invitation in Latin America: “President Joe gladly invites you to El Norte.”
Biden generously pledged to freeze deportations and stop family separations during his presidential campaign.
Biden and Harris both pledged to provide health care to illegal immigrants in 2019, and Harris had previously stated that “an unauthorized immigrant is not a criminal” two years beforehand.
Biden was so keen on undoing everything President Donald Trump had done that he stupidly undid one of Trump’s great achievements: the “Remain in Mexico” program, which obliged asylum seekers to stay south of the border while their claims were evaluated.
Unsurprisingly, there was a record-breaking run on the border, and all of the knee-jerk anti-Trumpism suddenly had a real consequence.
Biden effectively handed the Veep a grenade that he had already pulled the pin on when he announced her appointment as his immigration czar.
When Harris visited Guatemala, the president blamed Biden’s policies for the country’s migration north. The United States’ “message changed to, ‘We are going to reunite families and reunite children,'” he said.
“The coyotes here were organizing groups of children the next day to transport them to the United States.”
In an attempt to project authority and gain control of the situation, Harris was as convincing as Kevin Bacon in the final scene of “Animal House,” yelling, “Remain calm!”
As the crowd swarms around him, he exclaims, “All is well!”
“Do not come,” Harris warned in Guatemala, addressing illegal immigrants considering entering the United States.
“Illegal migration will be discouraged. The US will continue to enforce its laws and secure its borders…. You will be turned back if you cross our border.”
That isn’t what Central Americans are hearing from their friends who have settled in the United States.
Nearly half of people who arrive at the border requesting asylum are accepted into the United States, given court dates, and then released.
Biden and Harris haven’t simply set a Welcome Mat on the border; they’ve declared that we’re suckers to the rest of the globe.
Harris won’t be able to fix the border crisis unless her boss agrees to fix his policy mess, which includes reintroducing some of Trump’s ideas.
That is unlikely to happen, but in the meanwhile, Biden can direct all queries to his inept vice president.