By itself and at any other time, the news would not have been a big deal, but her delay in her visiting the border months after she was entrusted with dealing with the root causes of migration by President Joe Biden - along with her testiness when asked about it - has brought forth a cascade of criticism from across the political spectrum.
President Joe Biden meets with Afghanistan's leader this week to discuss the USA troop drawdown.
The American Rescue Plan increased the maximum amount receivable via the Child Tax Credit to $3,600 per child under the age of 6 and $3,000 per child aged 6 through 17, which is equal to $300 and $250 per child per month, respectively. The issue overshadowed Harris' first foreign trip earlier this month, to Guatemala and Mexico, where she met with both nations' presidents and local officials and advocates to discuss economic and humanitarian solutions to the significant outmigration from both countries.
President Joe Biden assigned Harris the task of addressing the root causes of migration of thousands of people from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras who cross the US border from Mexico.
Republicans have assailed Harris for not having already visited the border.
Biden, a Democrat, has moved to reverse numerous restrictive immigration policies of Trump, a Republican he defeated in a November election. Harris hasn't visited the border yet, and the number of illegal immigrants crossing the border continues to sky-rocket.
But Harris and White House aides in Washington were forced to parry repeated questions from the press about why she left a border visit off the trip. She is chairing a pro-union task force and leading the White House's push to expand broadband access.