Harris Makes Plans To Visit Border — But Not In The U.S.

Vice President Kamala Harris, who has been heavily criticized for her lack of attention given to the border crisis, is now headed to a contentious border spot — not in the United States, but on the other side of the world.

Harris, who is the Biden administration’s southern border czar, will be traveling to the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between North Korea and South Korea on Thursday. There, she will “tour sites at the DMZ, meet with service members and receive an operational briefing from U.S. commanders,” according to the White House.

Her scheduled trip will follow a Tuesday meeting with South Korean Prime Minister Han Duck-soo. During the bilateral meeting with the prime minister, he praised Harris’ visit as a demonstration of the administration’s “strong commitments to the security and peace to [the] Korean Peninsula.”

“Your visit to the DMZ and Seoul will be very symbolic demonstrations of your strong commitments to the security and peace to the Korean Peninsula, and we are working with you and the U.S. in dealing with North Korea,” Han told the vice president.

According to the White House, Harris’ visit to South Korea affirms the United States’ commitment to its relationship with the country following a law passed by North Korea’s parliament which allowed the country’s leader, dictator Kim Jong Un, to fire a preemptive nuclear strike. The new law also ensures that North Korea will “automatically and immediately” retaliate with the deployment of nuclear weapons should Kim be killed in an attack.

The vice president’s trip also follows the Biden administration facing increasing backlash for its lack of action regarding the crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border. Harris has received significant criticism for appearing to ignore the border crisis despite holding the position of border czar since March of 2021.

She has only visited the southern border once since the start of the Biden administration, in June of 2021.

Harris is also facing backlash for recent comments during an interview with MSNBC’s Chuck Todd earlier this month. In the interview, the vice president claimed that the southern border is “secure” — though she did acknowledge that “there are still a lot of problems that we are trying to fix.” She went on to attempt to blame the problems on former President Donald Trump, claiming that the border crisis was the result of “deterioration that happened over the last four years.” In reality, there have been a record two million border encounters in the 2022 fiscal year.