Vice President Kamala Harris is still considered the White House "Border Czar," yet the administration has her hitting the road this year to focus on abortion rights, climate change and helping small businesses.
Aside from a quick trip to El Paso and announcement of billions to address 'root causes' of immigration, the VP has mostly distanced herself from the border crisis.
"Part of that is the fact that she's not really interested in taking blame for the disaster that's unfolding at the southwest border. But a large part of it has to do with many of the policy calls are actually being made out of the White House," says Andrew Arthur, resident fellow in law and policy for the Center for Immigration Studies.
"It would make sense for her political prospects in the future that she would be shifting her focus to other issues and away from the border, which is going to end up being a lose-lose situation."
House Republicans have already filed articles of impeachment against the DHS secretary, for his handling of the border.
"There is no reason to believe the vice president has been given any real authority to set policy in this area. In fact, I don't even think DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas is the one whose been given authority," says Arthur.
"If I were the vice president, I'd be distancing myself from it too."