Texas Democrat Rep. Henry Cuellar, who represents an area along the southern border, has given up on Vice President Kamala Harris.
Cuellar is calling for Harris to be replaced as the “border czar.”
“I’ve moved on from the vice president to say, ‘OK, let’s work with the ambassadors and let’s work with the State Department. Let’s work with the Homeland Secretary,’” Cuellar told the Washington Examiner.
“I think that’s the way to address it, but I know that the media has put a lot of focus on the vice president, but with all due respect, she was given that title. I don’t think she’s, with all due respect, put the effort in there…We’ve got to look at other folks that have the expertise on that,” Cuellar added.
While Henry Cuellar moves on from VP Kamala Harris and waits for a new White House border czar, he says he is focused on working with U.S. Ambassador to Mexico @USAmbMex and DHS @SecMayorkashttps://t.co/nJCDKv6Dww
— Anna Giaritelli (@Anna_Giaritelli) November 17, 2021
Fox News reported:
So far in Fiscal Year 2022, the RGV sector has seen more than 65,000 migrant encounters to date, a 161% increase over the same period last year. In nearby Del Rio Sector, there has been a 236% increase in encounters over the same period last year. There have so far been 6,500 known gotaways in the sector alone.
The Biden administration has been tackling a massive crisis at the southern border since shortly after it came into office. More than 1.7 million migrants were encountered in Fiscal Year 2021, and more than 192,000 migrants were encountered in September alone. Biden rescinded border security policies enacted by the previous administration via executive order during his first days in office.
The number of migrants apprehended at the U.S. southern border in October surged 128% from the same time last year, according to data released Monday by Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
CBP data showed 164,303 migrant encounters along the southern border in October, a rate that has skyrocketed since October 2020, when there were 71,929 apprehensions.
Harris, who was appointed by Joe Biden to serve as the “border czar,” has been under fire for months of her failure to visit or address the crisis at the border.
Several top members of the Biden administration were in Mexico City last month for a meeting with Mexican officials regarding security along the U.S.-Mexico border — except for Harris.
Harris, whom President Biden appointed in March to manage the U.S. response to the migrant crisis along the border, went to New Jersey instead.
Attending Friday’s high-level talks in Mexico’s capital were Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, and U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland.
Ken Salazar, a former U.S. senator from Colorado who now serves as the U.S. ambassador to Mexico, also attended.
Harris not being present at a meeting of that many top officials speaks volumes to how she has handled the border crisis.
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