VP Harris: Not My Responsibility!

Katie Couric conducted an interview with Vice President Harris on Wednesday, emphasizing that Harris is “not in charge” of the southern border.

“I want to talk to you about immigration because I think nearly everyone agrees that the system is broken, and that we need comprehensive immigration reform. Early on, I know you were tasked with understanding the root causes of the immigration crisis, but you’re not in charge of the border, which I think is important to point out,” Couric began.

Couric questioned Harris about addressing criticisms of the administration on the border crisis, highlighting, “Sixty-eight percent of Americans disapprove of the way the Biden administration has handled the border.”

“There’s no question our immigration system is broken and it needs to be fixed. And as with any problem, leaders will participate — true leaders — in the solution. So I’m going to take you back to about three years ago, I think the day after our inauguration, when Joe Biden came in as president and me as vice president. The first bill that we offered was a bill to fix the immigration system,” Harris responded.

Couric acknowledged that Democrats controlled both the Senate and the House at the time, remarking, “This is, first of all, not a new issue. But sadly, it has become so deeply partisan and the subject of political gamesmanship, when in fact the solutions are at hand. And we offered a solution early on and invited bipartisan work to fix this.” The vice president added that the Biden administration proposed a $14 billion funding request to aid efforts in addressing the ongoing border crisis.

Harris asserted that the GOP sought to use the issue for political gain in November, stating, “We want to fix it and they want to run on it.” Couric, seemingly in agreement, commented that it was “working.”

Despite Couric’s perspective, Harris, in multiple recent media appearances, expressed her belief that the situation was not improving. “The situation is such that the system is broken and it needs to be fixed. And we have offered a solution, and real leaders ought to lead on this, meaning not play politics with it, but work with us to fix the problem,” she continued.

Harris had previously declared the border “secure” in a 2022 interview with former “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd. When questioned about the two million people crossing the border for the first time ever, Todd pushed back, to which Harris responded, “We have a secure border in that that is a priority for any nation, including ours and our administration. But there are still a lot of problems that we are trying to fix, given the deterioration that happened over the last four years.”