[Ed. – Two things: First, isn’t that something that all presidents do? Second, the assignment — identifying the ‘root causes’ of immigration — was a fool’s errand and could have been skipped altogether.]
Former aides to Vice President Kamala Harris reportedly believe President Joe Biden gave her the immigration issue to manage because he did not want to deal with it himself, following a widely-panned first trip abroad in an official capacity.
“If you give someone a sh***ty assignment because the president doesn’t want to do it himself, you can’t be mad when the treacherous situation looks treacherous,” one former aide reportedly told Axios. Illegal crossings at the United States’ southern border have reached an all-time high, and Harris has drawn criticism from both Republicans and Democrats for her handling of the assignment.
Border patrol captured 180,000 migrants at America’s border with Mexico in May, following 178,000 in April and 173,000 in March. Despite the surge, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) deported the fewest number of illegal immigrants in the agency’s history — 2,962 — in April.