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 December 1, 2022

Republicans seek to remove Vice President Kamala Harris from position as border czar

Republicans are ready to fire Vice President Kamala Harris as the Biden administration's border czar in the new Congress.

Texas Republican Rep. Ronny Jackson introduced a measure earlier this year to do so, along with 26 co-sponsors.

The concerns

"Instead of working for the American people, Kamala Harris has worked against us by ignoring her responsibilities as Border Czar. Rather than doing her job, Harris sits back and watches as illegal immigration skyrockets, countless people at home and abroad are victimized by drug and human trafficking, and CBP officers are left without resources or support from the Biden Administration. Make no mistake – Harris' approach is by design, and she must be stopped," Jackson said.

"It is past time for Joe Biden to remove her from the Border Czar role and appoint someone who will put Americans' interests first. A nation without borders is no nation at all. We need a real leader at the helm who will secure our southern border, and, in turn, our country's bright future," he added.

The reality

"For the 12 months ending Sept. 30, 2022, CBP stopped migrants more than 2,766,582 times, compared to 1.72 million times for fiscal 2021, the previous yearly high.

"The 2022 numbers were driven in part by sharp increases in the number of Venezuelans, Cubans and Nicaraguans making the trek north, according to CBP," NBC News reported.

"In September, there were 227,547 encounters along the border, up 12 percent compared to August. Just under 20 percent involved individuals who had already attempted to cross at least once in the preceding year. In September 2021, there were 192,001 encounters at the border," it added.

Texas Democratic Rep. Henry Cuellar has also blasted Harris over her lack of border leadership.

"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 said.

"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, putting the effort in there… We've got to look at other folks that have the expertise on that," he added.

The future doesn't look good for Harris when it comes to the border, as the results speak for themselves.

Written By:
Dillon Burroughs

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