Scalise: ‘Vice President Harris needs to go down to the border’

It’s been three weeks since Fox News first reported that President Joe Biden had tapped Vice President Kamala Harris to oversee his administration’s response to the ongoing migration crisis on America’s southern border.

But despite Biden expressing confidence in Harris’ diplomatic abilities, the vice president seems to have taken little in the way of public action. In a humiliating defeat for the VP this week, one Republican congressman declared that Americans are tired of waiting. 

In a press conference with other House GOP leaders on Wednesday, Republican minority whip and Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise took Harris to task over her job performance on the border — or lack thereof.

“Over 1,000% above capacity”

As seen in a video shared by Breitbart, Scalise spent his time at the podium comparing massive overcrowding problems at a Texas migrant detention center to the restrictions placed on private businesses amid COVID-19.

“Imagine a restaurant back home in any state in America. If you’re over 100% percent capacity with state guidelines, they’re going to probably shut that restaurant down,” he said, according to a transcript from Rev. “Here you’ve got the federal government running a facility with holding cells over 1,000% above capacity.”

Scalise went on: “Where the government would shut somebody down if they were doing this in the private industry, the federal government is doing this to these young kids. […] If you read Texas’ law on child abuse and neglect, what’s happening in that federal facility and [what] the Biden administration is running violates Texas’ own laws. It’s a national disgrace.”

That disgrace, in Scalise’s eyes, comes at the hands of Harris, who the congressman said “refuses to go down [to the border], maybe because she doesn’t want to be associated with this disgraceful policy.”

“But if she’s the vice president of 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,” Scalise said, according to Rev.

“Cannot build enough capacity”

Of course, Scalise is far from the only Republican to criticize Harris over her reluctance to visit the border. Texas Sen. John Cornyn has also excoriated the vice president over her apparent apathy, telling Fox News that the federal government currently “cannot build enough capacity to keep up with the expected increase in flow of people coming across the border.”

Harris announced Wednesday that she’s planning a trip to Central America to help address the “root causes” of the migration crisis, but there’s no sign that she’ll soon be heading to the border.

According to the Washington Examiner, Harris said her trip, which is set to include stops in Guatemala and Mexico, will come “as soon as possible,” but she didn’t put a date on it.

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  1. Her job now does not require her to go down to the Border as her own People went down and transparently said nothing going on there.
    How decent of them and how purposely naive the VP is.

    1. Kamala you and Biden told them to come, it’s time both of you took some responsibility for your mess. There are children being mistreated, raped, thrown out of rafts, a6 mo. old baby,some have drown. Do either of you care, do you two still have souls at all

  2. she has called the Border Patrol and ICE “NAZIS”, she does not want to face these patriots trying to protect the USA.

    1. As with the Sleepy Joe appointees, she is a puppet for the extreme left. Our country is on a path to a rapid demise. Just watch the waste of materials after Joey stopped the border fence. The worst part is they were already paid for. Now he is in a battle with Putin and as everyone knows a former KGB agent certainly does not fear him. RVN 68-69

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  4. Michael Saunders, U.S. Army S.F. veteran of the Vietnam war and 23 years in law enforcement says:

    Like I have said many times before, Biden and Harris both really need to be impeached. Nether of them know what the heck they are doing and don’t really care.

    1. Harris should resign since she can’t comply with presidents order to fix border situation…. Biden should have resigned months ago since he hasn’t been able to do his job without his “handlers”! He is losing more and more of his mind every day!

  5. She’s not going to go to the border so save you’re breath. She has no clue as to what she’s doing. Same as Biden. Both should be impeached. But I also blame Abbot. He should have closed these facilities or refused to allow them to be opened in the first place and told Biden to find a place in Washington, California or any other democrat stronghold to house them.

  6. I agree with you Michael. Biden and Harris both need to be impeached…. Neglect for not doing their jobs. Do they think they will get paid whether they do their jobs or not. If people do not do their job they get fired. So they must get fired , must be impeached immediately

  7. Thanks to Rep Steve Scalise for not putting up with VP Kamala Harris abandonement of responsibility to address the Border Crisis, nor to visit the Border affected by the Crisis, caused by so called Pres. Joe Biden., Keep it up Steve Scalise, America needs lawmaker like you!!! By the Grace of God, Fight for America!!!

  8. Then she does not Deserve her job as VP. she directly disobeyed an order from the President of the United States. She needs to be Fired.

  9. we need to empeach harris and Biden cause neither one wants to take care of the border, Biden is getting worse with his dmentia he ll be lucky if he makes it another 6 months and then they will end up taking him out, harris has no intentions of doing any thing she just wants to go on trips and have a good time she needs to be fired or empeached and Im sure she could care less which one they do, Its time to do some thing about both of them!!

  10. Biden and Harris are bumbling fools! They don’t care about what is going on at the border, as long as they get their ten seconds of fame! Obama is running this sh!t show, and laughing in our faces! He needs to be sent back to Kenya and not allowed back in OUR country, which he and “ big mike” hate! They are a plague on our country! Get them out and Biden will fold like a cheap suit! Vacate the house speaker’s chair, kick Piglosi out of congress, then proceed with impeachment of Biden, Harris, Schumer and the entire Biden cabinet! They are all Obama people, we don’t need them in our government!

  11. Kamala Harris’ refusal to follow the order of the President of the United States to take charge of the border crisis is guilty of Dereliction of Duty. Any DOD employee who willingly refuses to follow the direct orders of their superior are subject to termination from their position in office and in some instances be imprisoned. Why is she being treated differently than any other DOD employee? I am so tired of seeing federal employees breaking the law and being provided partial treatment based on their political status. Where has the law of justice in America gone? Where are our Supreme Court Judges?

  12. Oh boy, Scalise and a few GOP are really tuff guys. Look Harris, Biden, the DOJ. the FBI and ALL of the dems don’t give a crap what the GOP says. This country is now being run by illegitimate people and even the SCOTUS doesn’t care.

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