President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris can’t get their act together when it comes to protecting our nation from illegal immigrants.
Biden is exacerbating his border crisis by canceling the Migrant Protection Protocols, also known as the “Remain in Mexico” Policy. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said that in just a few short months, Biden leadership failure has created “the worst humanitarian, national security, and public health crisis ever seen at our southern border.”
First implemented under the Trump administration, the Remain in Mexico policy worked by creating an orderly process that required migrants to remain in Mexico until their asylum process was complete. If it was determined their asylum request was valid, they would then be allowed into the United States.
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“That’s how the system should work: a fair and transparent process carried out in accordance with the law,” explained McCarthy. “This decision is the latest in a long line of misguided policies from President Biden and the Democrats, and it’s imperative that the Biden Administration immediately reverses this irresponsible decision and reinstates the ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy before the crisis gets even worse.”
Harris, who was appointed the administration’s “point person” on the border is missing in action. Today marks the 70th day since VP Harris was selected to lead the administration’s efforts at our southern border, but she still has yet to travel there to see the crisis firsthand.
Instead, she has tried to “distance” herself from the situation.
As the Biden border crisis continues to worsen, Harris is more worried about protecting her own reputation than protecting American citizens against illegal immigrants. Harris fed CNN a story this week distancing herself from the role of border czar and blaming Republicans for her failures.
According to CNN correspondent Natasha Bertrand, “[Republicans] made it seem as though Vice President Harris were going to be the new border czar and she was going to be responsible and be the envoy to border and be responsible essentially for all the problems that arise there.”
Harris claims her real job is to understand the “root causes” of migration. For Harris, those include climate change and violence against LGBTQ people. And he solution? Throw money at the problem. In April Harris announced an additional $310 million in aid to Central America.
Harris and the administration have failed to address this crisis despite the fact that border encounters recently hit a 21-year high, and that encounters with individuals from nations other than Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador jumped by 35 percent from March 2021. Alarmingly, their message that the border is open has been heard around the world, with individuals from over 160 countries recently apprehended.
We need real leadership to solve this worsening crisis, not a “point person” who refuses to even visit the border.
Catherine Mortensen is Vice President of Communications at Americans for Limited Government.
Cross-posted with The Daily Torch
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