Vice President Kamala Harris raised eyebrows on Monday after she broke out laughing and replied “Not today!” when asked by a reporter if she had any plans to visit the nation’s southern border.
Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) found the incident anything but amusing. During an appearance Tuesday on Fox News, he made clear that what’s going on at the border is extremely serious.
“It is no laughing matter, and I wish the vice president and president would come to the border,” the Texas senator said.
“Be glad to welcome them”
The Republican lawmaker added that he would “be glad to welcome them there to learn what I’ve learned, talking to the experts, the Border Patrol, Health and Human Services, as well as the local officials and stakeholders who are bearing the burden of this open border policy of this administration.”
Cornyn said he is traveling with a number of other senators to the border to help them grasp what is really going on.
“Senator Cruz and I are taking 13 of our colleagues from the Senate to the border, as I’ve done before, to try to help them understand, let them get exposed to the same sort of expertise and advice that I have,” he said.
“I’ve been there, as you can imagine, on numerous occasions. But the Border Patrol is telling us that you cannot build enough facilities, you cannot build enough capacity to keep up with the expected increase in the flow of people coming across the border,” the senator added.
Biden administration to blame
Cornyn blamed the massive influx of migrants rushing to the border on rhetoric from the Biden administration, saying, “The green light is out.”
“[S]o far, the administration is sending no signals that you won’t be able to make it successfully across,” he said.
Although the Biden administration has refused to characterize the present border situation as a crisis, Fox News reported that the administration is considering sending migrants to northern border states as a way to cope with the numbers — a report the administration has denied.
Further, Breitbart cited sources within the United States Customs and Border Protection who said migrants apprehended in the Rio Grande Valley are being released without a court date.
“This is insane,” an unnamed CBP official said. “It is another pull factor that will overwhelm us.”