(FiveNation.com)- A group of 56 Republican lawmakers in the House have urged President Joe Biden to remove Kamala Harris from her role as head of the migration crisis at the U.S. southern border.
The lawmakers say the vice president’s “inaction” is the reason for their urging, since she hasn’t once visited the southern border yet.
The group, which is led by Wisconsin Representative Glenn Grothman, wrote in a letter to the president:
“Despite being in the midst of a border crisis this country has not seen in two decades, Vice President Harris has not yet shown adequate interest in observing this crisis first-hand. In the 85 days since the Vice President has been tasked with solving this crisis, she has yet to visit the border and meet with Border Patrol agents, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials and local law enforcement officials.”
Biden appointed Harris to lead the diplomatic talks that would hopefully solve the “root causes” of the recent surge in migration at the southern border. The White House said Harris would be in charge of discovering these “root causes,” which include violence in Central American countries, climate change and poverty.
While Harris has visited Mexico and Guatemala in her role, she hasn’t yet traveled to the border nor met with ICE and Border Patrol agents tasked with confronting the problem first-hand.
In those trips, she has urged migrants to not travel to the United States. While the vice president has said the trips were a success, many reporters have grilled her on why she hasn’t traveled to the border itself yet.
The Biden administration has tried to back the reasoning for this, saying Harris isn’t in charge of the border. Instead, she’s in charge of having the diplomatic talks that could help solve the crisis.
Republicans, though, have said it’s essential for her to visit the border so she can understand the crisis from the ground level. In May alone, there were 180,000 encounters with migrants at the border.
The GOP has blamed the Biden administration’s policies for the surge in migration. One policy in particular is the rollback of a policy initiated under former President Donald Trump — the Migrant Protection Protocols — as well as the end to the construction of the border wall.
In their letter to Biden, the lawmakers said that even if root causes are the primary reason for the border crisis, “the exclusive focus on Central American countries ignores the fact that we see many migrants attempting to illegally cross our southern border from countries all over the world, including Russia, Brazil, Cuba and Haiti.
“We are also aware of no dramatic changes in Central American countries over the last few months that would result in such a wide gap of encounters at the southern border compared to last year.”
Thus far, the Biden administration has been unable to give concrete responses to questions such as those. And in the meantime, Harris is sitting back and not doing her job as head of the southern border crisis.