Vice President Kamala Harris has attracted significant GOP criticism for refusing to visit the southern border in the months since she was tasked with taking a lead role in addressing the root causes of an immigration surge.
Now, U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) is piling on with a video she released this week depicting herself at the U.S.-Mexico border alongside a cardboard cutout of the vice president.
“You have to come down here”
She shared the clip in a tweet on Monday, explaining: “You can’t just hear about what’s happening. You have to come down here to see for yourself to really understand the devastating reality at our southern border.”
I went to the southern border to see what’s up, but I didn’t go alone… pic.twitter.com/m66fet7mUT
— Rep. Lauren Boebert (@RepBoebert) June 8, 2021
Boebert went on to note that she “brought Kamala down to see exactly what this regime is responsible for with their man-made crisis.”
Citing her concerns about the uptick in immigration from Central America, she said: “Illegal aliens crossing the border, that’s up. Sex offenders crossing the border, that’s up. Drug trafficking, gun smuggling, human smuggling, that’s up.”
On the other hand, she lamented that “respect for law and order” and “funding for our Border Patrol” are on the decline, blaming the mainstream media for ignoring the crisis.
“The president put her in charge”
“More than 70 days ago, Biden named cackling Kamala as border czar but she hasn’t done a single thing to protect the American people,” the congresswoman added.
Although Harris did visit Guatemala in recent days as part of her assignment, that is not good enough for many of her critics in the Republican Party. In addition to Boebert, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) recently sounded off in a tweet denouncing the vice president’s effort to explain her decision not to visit the U.S. southern border.
— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) June 8, 2021
Harris has faced tough questions about her reticence to make a trip to the border since soon after Biden tasked her with addressing the issue.
In April, Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) used a milk carton as a prop to describe Harris as “missing” from the border, adding: “If she’s the vice president of the United States and the president put her in charge of this, Vice President Harris needs to go down to the border and see this for herself. Because maybe she would then encourage President Biden to reverse his policies that have failed.”