U.S. Rep. Yvette Herrell (R-NM) has invited Vice President Kamala Harris to visit the border between the United States and Mexico in her district and offered to accompany the VP on her upcoming trip to Guatemala, according to Microsoft Network News.
The representative sent an official letter to the vice president on May 24, where she addressed the vice president’s position in controlling the Biden administration’s border policy and her interest due to the 180 miles of the U.S. border with Mexico in her congressional district.
“I respectfully request that you consider the following actions that are essential to protect national security and the safety of our citizens,” the congresswoman said before making several suggestions.
The congresswoman cited the border situation, calling it a “crisis” and argued that the vice president needed to get an up-close and personal perspective on the issue if she is to make informed choices about how to deal with foreign nations. Harrell also said that Harris should speak to borderland residents who “continue to fear violence and property damage along the border.”
“First, I invite you to join me at the southern border of New Mexico to see the crisis firsthand and how it is affecting Americans in my district who contain to fear violence and property damage along the border.
The New Mexico Republican also requested that the congresswoman take representatives from both sides of the political spectrum who have a vested interest in border security.
“Further, I believe it is imperative that your discussions with the governments of Mexico and Central American countries include members of Congress, especially those members from border communities and those on both sides of the aisle.
“This crisis can only be solved with bipartisan input and perspective from those who represent areas along the southern border. I would be pleased to host you in New Mexico’s Second District as well as join you on your trip to Mexico and Guatemala to bring firsthand knowledge of what the border crisis means for those who live there and are affected daily.
According to Harrell, “The most effective way to stop illegal immigration is to ensure consequences for those who break our laws or exploit our asylum system,” the representative said, echoing the conservative platform on illegal immigration.