Vice President Kamala Harris returned from Mexico on Wednesday facing criticism from all sides and putting a spotlight on the challenges she faces with a notoriously vexing issue that has plagued Republican and Democratic administrations for decades.
Though Harris declared the trip a “success,” hanging over the two-day swing were comments that left Democrats puzzled, drawing the ire of liberals and political opponents.
“She didn’t pitch a shutout,” one Democratic strategist said of the visit, Harris’s first foreign trip as vice president.
And if an issue is a political problem for a vice president, it’s likely an even bigger one for the president.
Speaking with NBC News’s Lester Holt, Harris was probed on why she hasn’t visited the U.S.-Mexico border, a refrain since President Joe Biden tasked her with addressing the surge in migration from Central America.
Another strategist told the Washington Examiner that now would be the time to do this.
“Honestly, my view is