One month ago this week, President Biden tasked Vice President Kamala Harris with spearheading the effort to end the migration crisis (even though they refuse to call it a crisis) at our southern border. In that time Vice President Harris has been to border exactly zero times. Of the leaders of the three Northern Triangle countries of Central America that are the source of the lion’s share of the migrants pouring across our border, she has conferred with exactly one of them: She had a Zoom call with Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei – and that was on Monday.
The virtual meeting itself was private, but in her opening remarks, the vice president made it clear that the administration has no real plan to address the crisis – at least not in any of our lifetimes. “We are looking at the issue of poverty and the lack therefore of economic opportunities; the issue of extreme weather conditions and the lack of climate adaptation, as well as corruption and the lack of good governance, and violence against women, indigenous people, LBGTQ people and Afro-descendants,” she said.
But rest assured that while the Biden administration is “looking” at all of these problems, they are working all angles in their effort to get the border under control. On Tuesday, Vice President Harris held another virtual meeting with the president of Finland.
According the VP’s office, the two leaders “discussed the need for more coordinated international action to address the root causes of migration from the Northern Triangle,” because, no doubt, that is a problem that is causing President Sauli Niinistö many a sleepless night. Nothing denotes a sense of seriousness quite like getting the president of Finland on the horn.
But Finland is not the only country Vice President Harris has held serious talks with about the crisis on our southern border. Earlier this month, she “asked Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga to help with the migration crisis,” reports the New York Post, “but she didn’t say if he agreed to do anything.”
No disrespect to Finland or Japan, but what are they going to do to solve our border crisis, and why should they even care when President Biden and Vice President Harris don’t seem to care themselves? The Biden administration created this mess with policies and pronouncements that indicated that our border is wide open. The solution to the problem is in the West Wing of the White House, not in Helsinki or Tokyo.