Texas Democratic Rep. Henry Cuellar said he’s ready for Vice President Kamala Harris to be replaced as President Joe Biden’s point person to lead the nation’s immigration response.
“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,'” Ceullar said, according to 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,” he added.
Harris was appointed by Biden in March to lead the response regarding the border. Since Biden and Harris have entered office, more than 1.3 million illegal immigrants have crossed the southern border.
The 30-year high numbers do not include those who have not been apprehended. Thousands of additional people known as gotaways have also entered the U.S.
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Ceullar, whose district shares a border with Mexico, has personally been much more involved in the response to immigrants than Harris.
While the congressman has not suggested himself in the role, he has a better understanding of the issue, and appears to have a better approach to addressing the nation’s growing border crisis.