One Republican state attorney general is calling for Vice President Kamala Harris to be removed from her role leading America’s diplomatic response to a surge in migration at the southern border.
Fox News reports that Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich (R) has written a letter to President Joe Biden asking him to replace Harris as America’s “border czar.”
The development comes as U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has revealed it saw a more than 900% increase in encounters with migrants at the U.S.–Mexico border in April 2021 compared to the same month last year.
Fox reported that 17,106 immigrants came across border agents in April 2020, while 178,622 crossed into the U.S. last month. For Harris and her leadership abilities, the figures certainly don’t paint a convincing picture.
“A slap in the face”
In his letter, dated Wednesday, Brnovich called Harris’ response to the border crisis “absolutely abysmal.”
“We are now nearly 50 days into her appointment, and Vice President Harris has shown little interest in observing what is happening along the border and has failed to articulate any plan to deal with the devastating effects of this crisis,” the Arizona attorney general wrote. “Instead, she has traveled to other states for unrelated and less-pressing matters.”
Despite avoiding the southern border, Harris has traveled to the U.S.–Canada border and has plans for a trip to Central America, Fox notes.
In his letter to the president, Brnovich called Harris’ actions “a slap in the face to Arizonans who helped elect you both to the highest offices in the land.”
Brnovich also reportedly said that he had previously written to Harris asking her to visit the border, but that the vice president has not responded.
“Replaced as America’s ‘border czar'”
For this, Brnovich urged “that Vice President Harris be replaced as America’s ‘border czar’ with a federal official who is willing to see the crisis firsthand and to work with state partners to address it.”
According to the Daily Caller, the Arizona AG also requested that Biden “adopt new border policies that facilitate enhanced transparency with members of Congress, the media, and the Amerian people throughout this crisis.”
But I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting on either of those counts.