Cardboard cutout of Kamala Harris visits border in her place

With some show-and-tell that includes a stiff, as it were, rebuke, for the vice president, U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) did what Kamala Harris has failed, so far, to do: Visit the U.S.-Mexican border to observe the humanitarian, public health, and law enforcement illegal immigration crises there first hand.

Boebert was not unaccompanied on this trip. Toting a cardboard cutout of the VP, the feisty, first-term congresswoman concluded in a tweeted video next to the unfinished border wall that “Now Kamala, I want you to stand here and look at what you’ve done.”

In a separate, related Tweet, Boebert wrote “Average Americans call the tragedy at the southern border a crisis. Kamala Harris calls it mission accomplished. This is what an open border looks like.”

In the video filmed in McAllen, Texas, in the Rio Grande Valley, during which she carried the cardboard cutout of the VP, Freedom Caucus member Boebert said “More than 70 days ago, Biden named ‘cackling Kamala’ as border czar, but she hasn’t done a single thing to protect the American people. She hasn’t even been down here to see the border or the tens of thousands of children wrapped in aluminum foil.

“You can’t just hear about what’s been happening; you have to come down here to see for yourself, to really understand the devastating reality at our southern border. So I brought Kamala down to see exactly what this regime is responsible for their man-made crisis,” Rep. Boebert declared.

Massive numbers of illegal aliens have poured into America under Joe Biden’s open-borders policies that reversed most of President Trump’s effective security measures. The Biden administration, among other things, abandoned the “Remain in Mexico” policy for asylum seekers, halted further construction on the border wall, and brought back catch and release.

Although Harris is visiting Guatemala and Mexico, she has yet to inspect the border region itself. In an interview with NBC News, she deflected from that significant omission from her travel schedule by dismissively saying with a laugh that “I haven’t been to Europe.”

Harris is a fan of addressing so-called root causes of the migration crisis, which apparently means the Biden administration throwing taxpayer-funded cash at Central American countries in the form of more foreign aid. Harris has also advised the Guatemalan people to “don’t come,” although this might just be lip service.

Perhaps to help Harris brush up on current events, the Boebert video provides a Cliff Notes version of “what is up” at the border.

“Illegal aliens crossing the border, that’s up. Sex offenders, that’s up. Drug trafficking, gun smuggling, human smuggling — that’s up. Unaccompanied children being sent on this journey alone, and even worse, given over to the cartel — that is way, way up.

“You know what’s not up at the border? Respect for law and order. Funding for our Border Patrol. And where is the media to cover this crisis?,” Rep. Boebert wondered.

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The often-controversial Boebert — who is perhaps, to some degree, an analog of U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) –rose to prominence in September 2019 when, as a private citizen, she confronted Democrat presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke at a Colorado Town Hall over his gun confiscation plan.

Boebert later defeated a Republican incumbent in the primary for Colorado’s third congressional district in the western part of the state and then went on to win the general election in November 2020. Boebert and Greene were among an unprecedented number of high-energy, mostly pro-Trump female Republicans elected to Congress last November.

While serving as a U.S. Senator from California, Harris did find the time to visit the border to criticize then-President Trump’s policies.

Joe Biden, who doesn’t travel much, hasn’t visited the border region either since taking office in January 2021.

Parenthetically, in a counterpoint to the Democrats’ paternalistic and simplistic narrative, a Republican won the mayor’s election in McAllen last Saturday, flipping the seat from blue to red.

Robert Jonathan

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