Criticism for Vice President Kamala Harris’ visit to El Paso Texas on Friday has begun to stream in as conservatives call out the border “czar” for her lack of interaction with the epicenter of the crisis in Texas.
The National Review commentator Mark Krikorian who is also the executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies took aim at Harris calling her visit a ” four-hour tour” and a “layover” on her way to her home state of California.
Conservatives have been pushing Harris to visit the border to see what real progress could be made in pushing back the astronomical surge in illegal border crossings that has taken place since the Biden-Harris administration took over in January of this year.
“South Texas is the epicenter of the border disaster created by her administration, so there was no chance she’d show her face there, especially since Representative Henry Cuellar from that part of the border has been the most outspoken Democratic critic of the Biden-Harris administration’s border policies,” Krikorian said.
“And most of the rest of Texas’s border, and all of New Mexico’s, is represented by Republicans. So a layover in friendlier El Paso, on her way home to spend the weekend in L.A., made sense.”
According to the immigration expert, Harris’s visit consisted of what conservatives expected, which was a tour through a Border Patrol facility, far from the real crisis points, as well as a sit-down with a camera-friendly migrant and a talk with “anti-border activists.”
“But her repeated insistence that it had been her plan all along to visit the border was silly, as was her claim that ‘We inherited a tough situation. . . . In five months we’ve made progress,’ unless your idea of progress is to maximize the number of illegal aliens permanently settling in the United States.
The vice president even went so far as to have what Krikorian called a “Heckuva job, Brownie” moment with DHS chief Alejandro Mayorkas, “Mr. Secretary, you’re doing a great job.”
Harris has been mocked relentlessly by some and pleaded with desperately by others, all of whom feel she is not taking her job overseeing the border with the gravity that it deserves.
The media covered Harris’ visit to Guatemala in glowing terms, pointing to her plan to hit at the heart of what causes immigration as a stark contrast to the former administration’s blunt border protection programs. For the most part, however, they have left off how crucial understanding the impact of migration increasing at this steep trajectory.
Unlike what has happened historically when an administration has been confronted with this issue, the Biden-Harris administration has run from the crisis, and the effects of that have finally caught up with them.
Krikorian summed up his assessment saying, “The numbers may well dip as the brutal summer heat makes it harder to travel, but they’ll just bounce back; after all, people are now coming from all over the world and, having invested the money to travel from Romania, Mauritania, or Uzbekistan, they’re not going to just give up unless U.S. policy fundamentally changes.”