56 Republicans Demand Biden Remove Kamala Harris as “Border Czar”
56 republicans are demanding that Joe Biden replace Kamala Harris as his “Border Czar.”
The GOP sent a letter directly to Biden, pointing out the many failures of Harris since she was appointed to the postition.
The letter addressed the surging number of illegal immigrants that have crossed the southern border into the US since Harris’ March 24th appointment.
It also took the Biden Administration to task for continually using the excuse that Harris is only meant to address the “root causes” of migration, which she also has not done.
The 56 republicans ask that Joe Biden find someone else to replace Harris, stating that her hiring was a “mistake” that needs to be corrected.
More on this breaking development from the New York Post:
Dozens of House Republicans are demanding President Biden remove Vice President Harris from her leading role handling the US migrant crisis, citing her “inaction” on the issue.
“Despite being in the midst of a border crisis this country has not seen in two decades, Vice President Harris has not yet shown adequate interest in observing this crisis first-hand,” wrote Wisconsin Republican Glenn Grothman in a letter President Biden signed by 56 House lawmakers.
“In the 85 days since the Vice President has been tasked with solving this crisis, she has yet to visit the border and meet with Border Patrol agents, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials and local law enforcement officials,” the letter continued.
Fox News with more on the letter from the GOP, and the Biden Administration's response:
The White House and the administration have sought to clarify that Harris is not in charge of the border per se and is instead focused on diplomatic talks, but Republicans have said it is still important for her to visit the border to truly understand the crisis that saw more than 180,000 migrant encounters in May.
Republicans have blamed the crisis on the administration’s policies -- particularly the rollback of Trump-era policies like border wall construction and the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP).
The lawmakers who wrote to Biden this week said that, even if root causes are to blame, "the exclusive focus on Central American countries ignores the fact that we see many migrants attempting to illegally cross our southern border from countries all over the world, including Russia, Brazil, Cuba and Haiti."
"We are also aware of no dramatic changes in Central American countries over the last few months that would result in such a wide gap of encounters at the southern border compared to last year," they say.
They also blast the administration for ignoring its own policies that they say enticed migrants to make the journey north.
"This country cannot afford another minute of inaction from Vice President Harris," the lawmakers tell Biden as they urge him to replace Harris as the point-person for the crisis. "While you have publicly defended the Vice President, even you must be discouraged with her inaction."
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