Not long after Vice President Kamala Harris returned from her first trip out of the United States to visit Guatemala and Mexico, where she apparently made no meaningful progress on the current immigration crisis, a number of politicians are throwing down the gauntlet.
According to the New York Post, Rep. Glenn Grothman (R-WI) managed to round up the support and signatures of 55 of his House GOP colleagues for a letter to President Joe Biden in which the large group urged the president to relieve Harris of her leading role in tackling the “root causes” of the immigration crisis.
At the crux of their argument as to why Harris should be reassigned something that she can actually handle, the group ripped the vice president for seemingly refusing to even take a few hours of her time to visit the southern U.S. border, where the consequences of the migration surge can be seen firsthand.
“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,” the Republican lawmakers wrote.
“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,” they added.
NBC’s Lester Holt pressed the vice president on her failure to visit the border, and Harris’ bizarre reply immediately went viral, as she falsely claimed that she’d been to the border, but then said she’s going to the border.
The vice president has also managed to upset members of her own party, including progressive Democrats who were clearly not happy about Harris telling Guatemalan migrants not to come to the United States.
Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX), who represents a border district hit especially hard by the immigration crisis, recently told Fox News that he hasn’t heard as much as a peep from Harris with regard to her supposed plans of visiting the border.
Though it’s doubtful that Biden will risk the political backlash and bad optics of removing Harris from her leadership role on the crisis, it’s time for the Biden administration to take immediate and effective action to contain what is growing into one of the greatest threats the United States has ever faced.