One of the House Democrats alongside Vice President Kamala Harris on her visit to the “border” — which was truly lots of of miles from the epicenter of the migrant disaster — gleefully referred to the Texas space they have been touring Friday as “the new Ellis Island.”
The eyebrow-raising second got here courtesy of Rep. Veronica Escobar (D-Texas), an ally of President Biden who represents El Paso and was a part of Harris’ journey delegation.
After greeting the traveling press and people watching, the Texas lawmaker stated with a smile, “Welcome to El Paso. Welcome to my community, to the new Ellis Island, to the capital of the border.”
Her remark refers back to the famed website in New York Harbor that processed tens of millions of immigrants as they entered the United States within the late 1800s and early 1900s.
“I am standing before you with a heart full of gratitude, Madam Vice President,” she continued, turning to face Harris.
She went on to thank Harris’ delegation and the press corps “for making the journey,” earlier than lavishing reward on the Biden administration over its immigration insurance policies which have triggered lots of of hundreds of unlawful immigrants a month to hurry the border.
“This is a really important day, and I have a heart full of gratitude because we finally have an administration willing to tackle the big challenges. Challenges that our country has dealt with for decades … in a meaningful, thoughtful, strategic, compassionate way,” she continued.
“That means starting with root causes, and understanding what’s driving people from their home, what’s making them arrive at our nation’s front door. And El Paso’s front door is one that has always been one of dignity and humanity and compassion.”
El Paso has fared considerably higher than the Rio Grande Valley, represented by Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas).
Cuellar has spoken out in opposition to the Biden administration’s dealing with of the disaster and inspired Harris to go to the area.
Escobar, in the meantime, has not.
The Biden administration’s undoing of former President Donald Trump’s border insurance policies has prompted a flood of Central American and Mexican unlawful migrants on the US border, together with hundreds of unescorted youngsters.
Central Americans in search of refuge from the Northern Triangle international locations — Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras — have taken these coverage strikes, in addition to the overwhelmingly extra welcoming tone from Democrats, as an indication that Biden is inviting them to cross the border.
Insisting that the border was not facing a crisis, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas stated in early March that the issues the company confronted should be blamed on the earlier administration.
The knowledge, nevertheless, overwhelmingly exhibits that migrants are flooding the border as a result of they imagine Biden will welcome them with open arms, with over 170,000 illegal crossings a month.
As the disaster heated up, Biden tapped his vp to deal with the diplomatic measures associated to its “root causes.” However, regardless of intense stress, she had declined to decide to going to surveil the scenario for herself.
In addition to Escobar, Harris was joined on her Friday journey by Mayorkas and Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.).
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) excoriated Escobar over her remark Friday, calling it “another crisis” at his weekly press convention.
“Is that what the Democrats believe? The crisis they created of cartels controlling the border, of drugs up 300 percent, of young children at the age of 3, 2 and 1 with no company of any parent or anybody else around, [with] ranchers finding them,” the top-ranking House Republican requested.
“That’s the Ellis Island of today? I think not.”