In spite of President Biden designating Vice President Kamala Harris as his taskmaster on the Southern border immigration crisis, she has not visited the Mexican border in almost three months.
Republicans have chastised the Biden administration for failing to take the border situation seriously. According to Axios, the White House is considering repealing Title 42, a Trump-era rule that empowers border authorities to turn back new immigrants that arrive at the frontier.
Former President Trump utilized a piece of an obscure 1944 public health legislation, Title 42, to effectively terminate asylum at the Mexican border in March 2020.
Despite COVID-19 vaccine coverage on the rise, Biden is having trouble justifying the expulsions on public health grounds; he is, therefore, facing calls to cease them from the UN high commission for refugees and members from his own party and government.
I thought Kamela Harris was supposed to be the hero at the border. Where the hell is she.
— Kambree (@KamVTV) April 7, 2021
Harris Just Won’t Visit the Border
Despite her responsibility, Harris has been harshly chastised for failing to visit the Southern border. They claim she’s trying to protect her political ambitions by working behind the scenes on the situation.
The White House has stated that Harris’s duty is not to travel to the border; rather, the Biden administration wants Harris to achieve diplomatic success with countries in the Northern Triangle and address the problem’s primary cause.
Kamela Harris wants to throw money at third world countries. What if corruption exists there and it only promotes more corruption? #JustSaying #dems need to focus on US and securing our border but they can’t do the obvious. Finnish the wall vote #gop #BidenBorderCrisis
— Dale (@fakebobbygatlin) May 4, 2021
In May, there were more than 180,000 migrant interactions; this is up from the more than 178,000 in April and substantially higher than the 78,000 in January, though the figures have been steadily climbing.
The 180,034 interactions in May are significantly greater than the 23,237 recorded last year; they’re even higher than the 144,166 recorded in May 2019, during the height of that year’s immigration crisis.
Harris Under Pressure From Fellow Democrats
In a letter sent last week, Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas requested Vice President Harris to visit his area and warned that the situation on the border will only get worse.
Cuellar said that he wants Harris to accompany him as well as other congressmembers in meeting with individuals on the field who struggle with all these challenges on a daily basis. Cuellar thinks it’s vital that Harris engage with key communities and individuals, listens to their problems, and uses what she learns to better policies.
Cuellar occupies Texas’ 28th Congressional Seat, which stretches for 300 miles along the US-Mexico border.
The dramatic rise in the groups of migrants coming to the Mexican border has put a strain on the local communities. Cuellar said as the United States recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic, South Texans continue to struggle financially, owing to outmoded commercial travel restrictions.
As more immigrants are likely to arrive, the situation at the border will only become worse.
NEW: Texas U.S. Representative Henry Cuellar (D-TX 28th District)has sent V.P. Kamala Harris this letter urging her to visit the border and meet with people on the ground here to see the impacts of the border surge, as he says the situation is only going to get worse. @FoxNews pic.twitter.com/T4ip7zeUMc
— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) June 16, 2021
Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., urged Harris to tour the border between the United States and Mexico, which is just miles from his district on the suburbs of San Diego.
Rep. Issa told Fox News in an exclusive interview last week the conditions she experienced at the border when she was a senator deteriorated as a result of this administration’s actions.
Anybody who observes that will likely decide that some of the policies established during the Biden administration’s first 100 days need to be overturned.