(Headline USA) Vice President Kamala Harris, who was tasked with getting a handle on the border crisis by President Joe Biden in 2021, brushed off questions about the surge of migrants into the country with a characteristically jumbled answer.
“Everything is in context,” Harris said. “My mother used to – she would give us a hard time sometimes, and she would say to us, ‘I don’t know what’s wrong with you young people. You think you just fell out of a coconut tree?’”
Harris then started cackling, before adding, “You exist in the context of all in which you live and came before you.”
Harris’s role as the administration’s “border czar” has been a weak spot for her, but the White House has insisted that her efforts to stem the flow of migration in the migrants’ home countries is “working.”
“While Republicans are focusing on these border attacks, we are doing the work of governing,” an administration official told CNN. “Each agency is slowly and steadily making progress on implementing what we laid out we’re trying to do there.”
For his part, Biden hasn’t publicly dealt with the border crisis much better. On Wednesday, a day ahead of the expiration of Title 42, Biden admitted there is chaos at the southern border, but refused to say what his administration planned to do about it.
It’s “going to be chaotic for a while,” Biden told reporters, adding that he is in regular communication with Mexican officials.
Biden’s comments come ahead of an expected surge of migrants across the border. Already, Border Patrol officials have apprehended more than 10,000 migrants over a three-day period.
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, however, insisted that the border is “not open.”
“The border is not open,” Mayorkas said last week. “It has not been open, and it will not be open subsequent to May 11. And the smugglers who exploit vulnerable migrants are spreading misinformation. They are spreading false information, lies in a way to lure vulnerable people to the southern border and those individuals will only be returned.”