Kamala Harris laughed while responding to questions if she would be visiting the border amid the growing crisis at the border.
On Monday, while taking questions from reporters outside of Air Force One, the Vice President was asked by a reporter if she has plans to visit the southern border as the migrant crisis gets worse.
Apparently, the border crisis is now a laughing matter for the Biden administration.
WATCH: VP Kamala Harris laughs when asked if she has any plans to visit the border. pic.twitter.com/z3AdoFX0Dq
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) March 22, 2021
However, Harris merely answered with “not today” before laughing at the query. She then continued on and added that she had visited the border before, and she would probably go back.
News outlets were quick to ask the White House whether they thought Harris’ response was appropriate, given the maddening question at the border that the Biden administration declines to call a “crisis.”
During a press conference on Monday, Biden’s press secretary Jen Psaki also maintained the administration’s refusal to call the border situation a “crisis,” stating that it is merely a “circumstance” and that the children escaping from persecution in their home countries is “not a crisis.”
Psaki said, “Children presenting at our border who are fleeing violence, who are fleeing prosecution, who are fleeing terrible situations is not a crisis.” She continued, “We feel it is our responsibility to humanely approach this circumstance and make sure they are treated and put into conditions that are safe.”
This photo shows a migrant facility in Donna, Texas. This is what Biden’s open invitation has created. Imagine the media reaction if this were going on under Trump! pic.twitter.com/lrgeblMSoW
— Dinesh D'Souza (@DineshDSouza) March 22, 2021
However, images released on Monday by a Democratic representative in Texas painted a picture of the horrific situation surrounding the migration centers.
Republican lawmakers also criticized the Biden administration’s handling of the crisis.
On Monday, Republican Senator Ted Cruz sent a letter to Biden after his administration continued to refuse press access for his and fourteen other senators’ trip to the border this week.
Cruz slammed the Democratic President in the letter stating that despite the Biden administration’s assertion that the situation at the border is not a crisis, “the American people are beginning to understand the gravity of the situation.”
The Texas senator also wrote, “But it is not enough for members of the Senate to see what is happening — the American people must-see.”
Cruz added, “That is why I requested that members of the media be allowed to join us. But your administration clearly and emphatically refused to offer press access.”
"Sen. Ted Cruz Slams President Biden for Lack of 'Truth and Transparency'" Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) wrote a letter to President Joe Biden, urging him to allow the press to accompany him to the Border next week to allow transparency. https://t.co/kUdw0XPpzX
— Democracy In Motion (@DemocracyMotion) March 23, 2021
“This is outrageous and hypocritical,” who pointed to both Psaki’s and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas’ reneging on their vows of “transparency” from the start of the administration.
The Republican senator also lambasted Biden for preventing the press from attending the trip with the group of senators. He also charged Biden with “hiding the truth from the American people.”
“Denying the press the ability to observe, film, and report on the conditions at the border is not openness or transparency — it is hiding the truth from the American people,” wrote Cruz. “The press and the American people deserve more than denials and excuses from a podium.”
The Texas senator also added that the press and the American people deserve to see and understand the crisis for themselves with the help of reporters who are free and independent from your administration. Cruz also called for Biden to go back on his decision to block press access.
Border state Democrat Rep. Henry Cuellar tells Biden: "you provide an incentive" for illegal immigration, “the ones who are coming in, they're not tested [for coronavirus]…so if they get on a bus, they can travel anywhere" in the US pic.twitter.com/AZfL6QsXH0
— Julia Friedland (@JuliaFriedland) March 7, 2021
On Monday, the Biden administration came under fire after Democratic representative Henry Cuellar released damning photos of overcrowded migrant facilities in Donna, Texas.
The pictures painted a picture of how the Biden administration is currently treating migrants in holding facilities amid the ongoing border crisis and Coronavirus pandemic.
Most of the migrants are seen locked up inside clear plastic pens that looked like cages that looked akin to the cages the previous administration was criticized for using.