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ANALYSIS: Here’s What Kamala Harris Has Been Doing In The 22 Days She Hasn’t Visited The Border

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Bradley Devlin General Assignment & Analysis Reporter
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President Joe Biden announced Vice President Kamala Harris would be leading his administration’s response to the ongoing border crisis March 24. But 22 days later, Harris still hasn’t made the trek down to the southern border.

Instead, Harris has joined former President Bill Clinton to speak about female empowerment, complained about living in a 70,000-square-foot house, claimed wars will soon be fought over water because of climate change and received adoration from corporate media outlets for her crochet skills — all while shifting the blame for the administration’s response (or lack thereof).

Biden gave Harris a larger role in coordinating the administration’s response to the surge in migrants at the southern border March 24.

“She’s the most qualified person to do it, to lead our efforts in Mexico and the Northern Triangle and the countries that are going to need help in stemming the movement of so many folks, stemming migration to our southern border,” Biden told the White House press pool before meeting with Harris and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas about the border crisis.

“Madam Vice President, thank you. I gave you a tough job. You’re smiling, but there is no one better capable of trying to organize it,” Biden added.

Harris followed the president’s remarks by saying, “There are many factors that lead people to leave these countries. While we’re clear people should not come to the border now, we also understand that we will enforce the law and that we also — because we can chew gum and walk at the same time — must address the root causes that cause people to make the trek.”

In a March 24 interview with “CBS This Morning,” Harris said, “At some point, absolutely we will go down to the border and I have been down to the border.” However, those plans have yet to come to fruition, despite Harris’ insistence that “senior administration officials have been down there and yes we will go.”

Previously, Harris laughed maniacally as she answered a reporter’s question as to whether Harris would visit the border on the Jacksonville International Airport tarmac. “Not today!” Harris said before unleashing a torrent of laughter, “But I have before and I’m sure I will again.”


Two days later, on March 26, Harris spoke with Bill Clinton at an event hosted by the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) about empowering women, according to the New York Post. News broke that Harris would be featured at the event March 23, the day before Biden tapped her to head up the administration’s border response.

Due to renovations at the vice president’s residence at the Naval Observatory, Harris and first gentleman Doug Emhoff were living out of suitcases in the Blair House. Unnamed sources told CNN that Harris was “getting frustrated” with her living situation, the outlet reported March 28.

Blair House is actually four conjoined Washington, D.C. townhouses. In total, the residence has 120 rooms, including 14 guest rooms, 35 bathrooms, three formal dining rooms and two conference rooms. It also has a library, a beauty salon, gym and laundry facility. The 70,000-square-foot residence is more than 15,000 square feet larger than the White House. Blair House has 18 staff members that clean and take care of residents and guests, which have previously included Queen Elizabeth II, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The second couple, despite Harris supposedly juggling the border crisis, moved from Blair House to the Naval Observatory residence on April 6, CNN reported.

Harris delivered a speech while visiting a COVID-19 vaccination site in Chicago on April 7, during which she talked about future wars fought over natural resources. “You know for years and generations wars have been fought over oil, in a short matter of time they will be fought over water,” Harris remarked.

Harris has also reportedly kept herself busy by crocheting, according to a piece written by the Washington Post. The piece, titled “Vice President Harris is making her mark on the Washington-area crochet scene,” said Harris has been visiting hobby shops in the D.M.V. area.

In March, Harris visited a woman-owned yarn shop in Alexandria, Virginia, which sells a hand-dyed burgundy yarn named after her. “I wanted to commemorate how significant it is that our vice president is a woman and she is Black and she is Asian and she is the child of immigrants,” Karida Collins, who created the color, told the Washington Post. (RELATED: Dana Perino Mocks Puff Piece On Kamala Harris Crocheting)

“When she showed up and said that, that was a surprise to us and most of the knitting and crochet community was excited to find that out. News spread around very quickly.” Danielle Romanetti, the owner of Fibre Space in Alexandria, told the Washington Post.

Harris announced that she will soon be making a trip to Mexico and Guatemala on Wednesday as part of her work in addressing the “root causes” of migration from Central America, but also seemed to rebuff claims that Harris was tasked with managing the crisis at the border.

“The President has asked Sec. Mayorkas to address what is going on at the border,” Harris said in response to a question asked by the Daily Caller. “I have been asked to address the root causes.”

In other words, Harris has yet to make plans to visit the southern border.

Daily Caller’s Christian Datoc contributed to this report.