“How about the message from our Vice President?” Ruhle asked Monday. “Where is she? She was supposed to be in charge of all of these migration issues, going to those Northern Triangle countries, that’s obviously not Haiti.”
“That was one of her first international trips with the message do not come here illegally,” Ruhle continued. “People aren’t listening. What is she saying now?”
“Well, we haven’t heard a lot from the vice president,” NBC News correspondent Julia Ainsley responded. “Of course, you point out she was focused on those northern triangle countries. A lot of her work was in Guatemala, working with that government, a lot of the diplomacy, which is what the vice president was focused on, was with Mexico.”
“And essentially what we’re seeing now is a breakdown of that work with Mexico,” Ainsley continued. “Mexico for a while was stopping a lot of migration, coming from Guatemala into Mexico, keeping people from ever even reaching the U.S. border. But now Mexico became so overwhelmed with this particular migrant surge, that they were beyond capacity. And we were seeing Mexico essentially give up in some cases, just allow buses through their country to the U.S. border, which is how so many people got here so quickly.”
Kamala Harris has been the target of criticism over her lack of leadership in regard to the Biden administration’s border crisis.