Kamala Harris blames GOP for Biden’s border crisis

Harris, who stated that the border was "secure," has been repeatedly criticized by the numerous congressmembers who have spent far more time at the southern border than she has.

Jarryd Jaeger Vancouver, BC

During a recent interview with NPR, Vice President Kamala Harris blamed Biden's border crisis on congressional Republicans' "unwillingness" to pass legislation aimed at solving the issue.

Harris, who stated that the border was "secure," has been repeatedly criticized by the numerous congress members who have spent far more time at the southern border than she has.

"Sadly, what we have seen in particular from Republicans in Congress," Harris told NPR's Asma Khalid, "is an unwillingness to engage in any meaningful reform that could actually fix a lot of what we are witnessing."

She went on to suggest that the key to success was "reform of our immigration system," but argued that this "can only happen through Congress in terms of the passage of an immigration bill that allows for a legal pathway to citizenship and a legal presence in the country."

"We're gonna do everything that's within our ability as the executive branch," Harris stated. "That means putting more agents on the border as appropriate so that we can manage what might be an influx." 

She noted that the White House was working on "increasing the work that we have been increasing around arresting human smugglers, "as well as expanding "the work we have been doing that has been about the partners and the allies together on an international level."

More and more of the migrants who have entered the US as of late have not come from Central America, but from surrounding areas and even overseas, thus increasing the need for multinational cooperation.

Harris' interview was conducted under the assumption that the Supreme Court would strike down Title 42, which allowed officials to remove illegal migrants from the United States for health reasons such as potential exposure to Covid-19.

On Monday, however, the highest court in the land ruled that Title 42 would stay in place. Their decision came in response to a lawsuit filed by nineteen GOP-led states who asked that the legislation be maintained as a tool in the arsenal to fight the border crisis. 

Biden's border czar has repeatedly been criticized for her lack of action, with Texas governor Greg Abbott going so far as to bring the border to her by shuttling 50 illegal migrants to her home in Washington, DC.

Abbott accused the Biden administration of facilitating the crisis, and slammed the government for failing to "acknowledge the consequences of their open border policies."

In FY2022, border agents reported nearly 2.5 million encounters with illegal migrants at the southern border, the highest total on record. 


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