Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas obtained right into a heated trade with a Republican congressman Thursday when requested about Vice President Kamala Harris laughing off questions about going to the US-Mexico border.
Mayorkas scolded Rep. Ralph Norman (R-SC) and known as his inquiry “quite unfair and disrespectful.”
Harris has on at least two events laughed when requested about visiting the border as unlawful crossings hit a two-decade high — most just lately when she snarked to NBC reporter Lester Holt, “And I haven’t been to Europe!” when requested a couple of border journey.
Norman instructed Mayorkas that he believes Harris, who President Biden tapped in March to be in control of stemming the movement of unlawful immigrants, would profit from an in-person go to, likening it to going to a health care provider in-person for care.
“If you had a doctor that laughed at you, as the vice president did when asked to come to the border, can you comment on that? Does that make sense to you?” Norman mentioned.
Mayorkas replied, “I consider that question to be quite unfair and disrespectful. And let me be very clear, the president and the vice president have requested and directed me to visit the border, which I have done on multiple occasions.”
Norman interrupted Mayorkas, telling him: “You made the statement that my question was unfair. I’m making the statement that your comments are just words and they’re very unfair. I asked you a simple question, and I would like for you just to answer simply: Is it — does it make sense for the leaders of the free world to go to talk to and see what’s going on at the border?”
The DHS boss insisted that Harris “served as the attorney general of a border state, of California. And she is quite familiar with the situation on the border.”
“But she’s laughing,” Norman mentioned.
“That is absolutely, unequivocally untrue,” Mayorkas mentioned.
Harris has confronted strain for months to go to the border. Two days earlier than she was named as Biden’s migration czar in March, she laughed on an airport runway and mentioned “not today!” when requested if she would go to the border.
Her journey this month to Guatemala and Mexico to deal with the “root causes” of migration was overshadowed by questions from reporters about her determination to skip a border journey.
Biden administration officers had been reportedly “quietly perplexed” about Harris’ fumbling a number of questions in regards to the border and had been involved her unforced errors would overshadow her first worldwide journey.
However, Democrats are defending Harris — saying that the migration movement gained’t finish till Central America is a greater place to dwell. Rep. Cindy Axne (D-Iowa) mentioned at a recent town hall, “I think what Vice President Harris is doing is what we need to be doing, what we should have done ages ago, which is going down and work with those countries where people are coming from,”
The White House has tried to emphasize that Harris’ function is restricted to addressing the “root causes” of migration from the Northern Triangle of Central America, which incorporates El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala. The three nations are dwelling to nearly all of unaccompanied minors and households surging to the border this 12 months.
Critics argue that Biden administration insurance policies are in charge for the surge in migration — a stance also taken by Guatemala’s president in addition to Mexico’s president — and say that he and Harris ought to see the results of the disaster on border brokers and migrants.
Biden ended former President Donald Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” coverage that required most asylum-seekers from Central America to stay in Mexico whereas US courts reviewed their claims of persecution. Biden additionally ended development of Trump’s US-Mexico border wall and urged Congress to move laws that might set up a path to citizenship for many unlawful immigrants. Republicans mentioned the laws and Biden’s coverage adjustments created new “pull” components for unlawful immigration.
The variety of US-Mexico border detentions soared to a 21-year month-to-month excessive of more than 180,000 in May.