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Kamala Harris' Failed Leadership Test

Adriana Cohen on

It's been an inexplicable 22 days and counting that Vice President Kamala Harris has not visited the U.S. southern border or detention facilities since President Joe Biden announced she'll be the Administration's point person handling the immigration and humanitarian crisis.

Harris' glaring absence at the border and U.S. detention facilities that house thousands of illegal immigrants and unaccompanied minors is a political misstep. She is squandering a golden opportunity to demonstrate leadership to the American people and convince voters, on both sides of the aisle, she's capable of being president someday.

Instead of taking a backseat from her new role by exploring the root cause of mass migration from Mexico and the northern triangle countries, Harris should be in the driver's seat assembling an all-star team of immigration and homeland security experts, child welfare advocates and humanitarian professionals to address the spiraling crisis.

Harris should then hold a press conference outlining her plan to fix the myriad problems unfolding at the southern border and child detention facilities that Democrats used to call "cages." Next, she should visit the border and detention facilities in Texas, California, Arizona and elsewhere with her team -- and press in tow -- to document her problem-solving skills to the American people.

That type of hands-on leadership is something she could and should highlight when she runs for president in 2024, if not sooner, should Biden fail to serve out his four-year term.

It goes without saying that one of the basic job requirements to be president of the United States is the ability to lead, manage the government and solve complex problems while keeping America safe. Harris should be illustrating those critical skills right now, given the mushrooming immigration crisis at hand while keeping in mind that our country has never elected a female president.

 

As such, Harris is missing a ripe opportunity to show voters she has the chops to sit in the big chair someday.

What is she afraid of?

The reality is if the vice president can't handle securing the U.S. border, stemming the massive tide of illegal immigration and drug and human trafficking, then she's unfit to be commander in chief. That's something the GOP will be quick to point out in future political ads, the upcoming midterm elections and 2024 presidential debates.

If Harris has political instincts, she'd visit the border and detention centers immediately to ensure unauthorized immigrants and children in U.S. custody -- on the Biden and Harris administration's watch -- are being treated properly and humanely. This would impress voters and bolster her image as a "take charge" kind of leader versus someone that turns a blind eye to child exploitation and other reported horrors.

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