Vice President Kamala Harris accused Texas Gov. Greg Abbott was “throwing fire” the Sunday after Republican the official ordered state law enforcement officials to detain the migrants and send them to federal border crossings.
On Thursday, Abbott signed an executive order allowing the Texas National Guard and the Texas Department of Public Safety to arrest undocumented migrants and return them to the border.
In an interview with CBS News’ Face The Nation, Harris was asked what the Biden administration plans to do about Abbott’s plan and his blaming of The White House for a record surge in asylum seekers at the southwest border – which Abbott called an “invasion”.
“I would suggest that the so-called leaders focus on solutions, not attacks, if they are really concerned about an issue, including immigration,” Harris responded.
Taking a direct jab at Donald Trump, she said the president’s previous administration had created a “severely broken” immigration system.
Meanwhile, Harris herself has done little in recent months that falls within her purview as the “border czar” of the Biden administration.
The vice president has argued that solutions to the immigration crisis will include “a path to citizenship,” a longtime goal of Democrats
“So that we can have a humane and appropriate approach to this problem, including, of course, what we will continue to do in terms of our border security priorities, but understanding that we also need to create a pathway,” Harris said Sunday.
During a wide-ranging interview, Vice President Kamala Harris was asked only once about the border, despite growing calls for the administration to do more to help state and local governments deal with asylum seekers.
“I think that’s what everyone should focus on if they’re really concerned about the decisions, rather than throwing flames.”
Abbott’s order comes amid a new record surge in the number of asylum seekers at the southern border and days after the Supreme Court ruled that President Biden can get rid of the controversial Trump-era Migrant Protection Protocols, dubbed the “Stay in Mexico” policy “. .
The rule, which forced migrants from other parts of Central or South America to wait for their asylum claims to be processed in Mexico, has sparked a humanitarian outcry over squalid and criminal conditions in some migrant camps.
In May, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recorded 239,416 encounters with migrants.
When the data was released last month, Harris did not make a public statement about the spike.
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, as well as Biden himself, has been largely blamed for the surge in migrants straining local and state governments — in addition to the federal immigration pipeline.
While that’s to be expected when the Mallorca division oversees CBP and border operations, Harris’ absence from managing the border response is notable given that Biden appointed her to lead the national response to the Southwest border crisis last March.
She was asked to respond to Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s recent executive order calling on the Texas National Guard and Texas Department of Public Safety to arrest undocumented migrants and return them to the border
Abbott accused President Biden of refusing to do his job and said the president is not enforcing immigration laws passed by Congress
Migrants are detained by US Border Patrol and National Guard troops in Eagle Pass, Texas, near the border with Mexico on June 30
The immigration crisis continues to grow under the current administration, as CBP faced 239,416 migrants in May, the highest number since Biden took office and the highest in two decades
Harris has also been criticized by Republicans for focusing on the “root causes” of ending undocumented immigration from Central and South America, rather than more immediate solutions to ease the burden on US border infrastructure.
Through her role, however, she has achieved some successes – Harris has reportedly secured $1.2 billion in private investment aimed at strengthening and improving the local regions where most migrants are fleeing.
But during her inaugural speech at the Summit of the Americas, Biden Harris never once mentioned mass migration across continents.
Earlier this year, Republican Rep. Ronny Jackson introduced a bill that would force Harris to visit the border every 60 days.
The vice president led a delegation in January to the inauguration of the first female president of Honduras, Xiomara Castro.
However, she did not visit the southwest border of the United States on one trip in June 2021.
And Harris also apparently resented being given the title of “border czar,” according to a recent book, “It Won’t Pass: Trump, Biden, and the Battle for America’s Future.”
The vice president “didn’t hesitate to rebuke Biden for describing her assignment that way,” according to the book.