Taking on tough tasks for Biden, Harris is at political risk

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WASHINGTON — There’s a very real border crisis, Vice President Kamala Harris tacitly conceded when she visited Guatemala this week and delivered a message — “Do not come. Do not come.” — that was aimed as much at the U.S. political audience as it was at potential migrants.

It wasn’t the first time a high-ranking Biden administration official uttered that sentiment, as the White House press office was quick to point out to reporters.

But the emphasis Harris put on deterrence, with her words and the location of her first foreign trip, points to the Biden administration’s troubles in identifying and solving a complex policy problem that is rife with political pitfalls. For a White House team that came into office promising to be more compassionate and effective on immigration policy, there is tremendous political risk in failing on either front. That may be most true for Harris, who is seen by many Democrats as the party’s future.

And the White House…

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