Fed-up Dem Rep ready to ‘move on’ from Kamala who doesn’t seem ‘very interested’ in border

The absence of Vice President Kamala Harris from the southern border has been a sore subject to many, but now it appears to have even raised the ire of her own party members in Congress.

Representative Henry Cuellar (D-TX), whose district covers almost 200 miles of the border between the United States and Mexico, spoke to The New York Times about his disappointment with Harris, whose responsibilities include the (apparently meaningless) title of “border czar.” Cuellar expressed frustration with how long it took her to visit the border even once (she finally did so in June, 3 months after being assigned to the job), and how uncommunicative she was with his office when finally visiting.

Cuellar tried to soften his blows somewhat, but made it clear that he’s done trying to engage with her:

“I say this very respectfully to her: I moved on. She was tasked with that job, it doesn’t look like she’s very interested in this, so we are going to move on to other folks that work on this issue.”

The issue of Harris’ silence was a recurring theme, and Cuellar spoke more favorably of President Joe Biden’s staff, saying “at least they talk to you.” Meanwhile, Harris has repeatedly ignored attempts at communication from Cuellar’s office, including when she was at the border and in his district.

This isn’t to say Cuellar and Biden have seen eye to eye on the border. Cuellar hasn’t embraced the open borders mentality of the progressive wing and has repeatedly broken ranks with other Democrats in order to urge Biden to listen to the Border Patrol rather than career party officials. Cuellar has even called for Harris to be completely replaced as the “border czar.”

Originally appointed by Biden to discover the “root causes” of the immigration surge that has created a crisis on the border throughout 2021, Harris has hardly been enthusiastic about the job. Harris has also tried to cover both bases by saying “do not come” to the country illegally, while also trying to bill herself as a defender and “advocate” for immigrants, legal or otherwise.

The result has been widespread criticism for her dithering lack of action. Unsurprisingly, most of that criticism has come from Republicans, who tend to see her as a poster child for the useless, vapid non-response the Biden administration is sometimes perceived as having towards major issues. As Cuellar shows, however, that same criticism for inaction is not-so-quietly spreading into her own party.

Even the hyper-liberal Washington Post recently wrote an editorial criticizing Biden and his administration for the total lack of attention to the border, pointing out the rising death toll among immigrants: ” the administration needs a more cogent stance at the border. Failing that, still more lives will be lost.”


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