President Joe Biden made headlines last month when he appointed Vice President Kamala Harris to lead the administration’s diplomatic effort related to an ongoing surge in immigration along the U.S.-Mexico border.
For her part, Harris has been reluctant to actually visit the border — but one GOP official is publicly offering to give her a personal tour.
“Arizonans, law enforcement officials, and migrants”
According to the Daily Wire, Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich sent the vice president a letter on Monday in which he asked her to visit his state.
“I formally invite you to join me for a tour of the southwest border in Arizona later this month,” he wrote.
If she takes him up on the offer, Brnovich promised to “provide firsthand insight into what Arizonans, law enforcement officials, and migrants are experiencing,” vowing to make himself available at her convenience.
“One area of particular concern is the growing problem of human trafficking,” he added. “As a prosecutor, you were passionate about this issue and the victims being harmed.”
Brnovich went on to reference remarks Harris made on the subject nearly a decade ago. Harris spent decades in the law enforcement field, serving in positions including San Francisco district attorney and California’s attorney general prior to launching a successful bid for a seat in the U.S. Senate.
“A more sophisticated and aggressive approach”
“You wrote, ‘The perpetrators of human trafficking have become more sophisticated and organized, requiring an equally sophisticated response from law enforcement and its partners to disrupt and dismantle their networks,” he wrote.
Those words “ring especially true today,” the attorney general noted, declaring that “Arizona and the federal government need a more sophisticated and aggressive approach to address this crisis and tragedy.”
Brnovich pointed to evidence that the border crisis is being exploited by Mexican drug rings to profit from child smuggling, declaring: “Every day, while the cartels are making millions of dollars, migrants are being abused physically and financially.”
Harris has not only neglected to visit the border, but she also raised eyebrows late last month when she broke out in laughter at a reporter’s question regarding whether she had any such plans.
“Not today,” the vice president declared with a loud chuckle.