Republican Iowa Rep. Ashley Hinson appeared in the House on Monday to push for legislation prohibiting Vice President Harris from traveling overseas until she returns from first at the southern border.
Harris, whom President Biden delegated to lead efforts in Central America to eradicate the “root causes” of the massive waves of illegal immigrants heading from there to the US border, has faced stiff Republican criticism for not having bothered to experience the crisis as it plays a part in the end.
“This crisis is getting worse by the day. Yet the vice president refused to go to the border herself and talk to the brave law enforcement officers, the men and women who are fighting it. in the front line. This out of sight, out of mind approach is a disgrace, “Hinson said on the floor of the House.
“She went to yarn stores, she went to bakeries and she just flew over the crisis at our southern border to meet foreign countries with the taxpayer’s checkbook in hand. When asked why she didn’t hadn’t visited the border, she laughed. She laughed, and it’s no laughing matter. The border crisis has an impact on the safety and security of every Iowan, every American. Every state is a state border at the moment. “
HARRIS FALSE “WE HAVE BEEN AT THE BORDER” WHEN PRESSED ON HIS LACK OF VISIT
Hinson called for an immediate review of his measure, but Democrats pushed it back. House Rules Committee chairman Jim McGovern, D-Mass., Dismissed the proposal as insignificant and said it was not worth discussing further.
The White House has repeatedly pointed out that Harris is responsible for tackling the reasons migrants leave their homes, not border security itself.
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But, amid mounting pressure from Republicans, Harris recently said she would be heading to the border, although she declined to say when.
The vice president visited Guatemala and Mexico last week to address issues such as corruption and economic reform as part of the administration’s efforts to eliminate the causes of migration. Nonetheless, Harris was forced on several occasions during the trip to focus instead on questions about why she had not visited the border.