‘I’m not going to pretend it’s not’
Kamala Harris stopped short of calling the surge at the U.S.-Mexico border a “crisis” but admitted it was a “huge problem.”
During “CBS This Morning,” Anchor Gayle King said:
“Let’s look at what’s happening at the border. Rightly or wrongly, people are coming in record numbers because they believe the Biden administration has encouraged certainly children to come.”
“What are you going to do about that? It’s chaotic. Some are calling it a crisis.”
“You all, your team is under fire because both Republicans and Democrats said, look, if you’re going to change the Trump policy, the previous policy, at least have a game plan.”
“There doesn’t appear right now to be a game plan.”
“Well, OK, look, it’s a huge problem. I’m not going to pretend it’s not. it’s a huge problem.”
“Are we looking at overcrowding at the border in particular of these kids? Yes.”
“Should these kids be in the custody of HHS, the Health and Human Services instead of the Border Patrol?”
“Yes. Should we be processing these cases faster? Yes,” she added.
“This is, however, not going to be solved overnight. There are things that we need to do, especially since there was a system in place previously, before the last administration, to allow us to process these kids in their country of origin, that was dismantled.”
“We’ve to reconstruct it. It’s not going to happen overnight,” she continued.
“But you know, we have senior administration officials now in Mexico and Guatemala also dealing with in addition to what needs to happen at the border.”
Harris’ remarks come days after Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee admitted Biden’s border plan is much to be desired.
Jackson joins a growing number of other Democrats who acknowledge there is a huge problem at the southern border.
“[N]ow Jonathan, we have a situation that is a humanitarian concern,” she said.
“We do have issues with any number of children.”
“They have a plan. The plan does not look like it’s working at this time, but you have to get it implemented.”
Democrats are slowly acknowledging the boder problem after new images of the conditions within Joe Biden’s shelter have emerged last week.
President Donald Trump’s former acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said Biden is giving a “green light” to child and sex trafficking.