WASHINGTON, DC, June 30 — You may recall that a woman by the name of Kamala Harris was sworn in as the Vice President of the United States on January 20, 2021. Shortly thereafter her boss, President Joe Biden, named her to be America’s “border czar” with an assignment to deal with the unprecedented surge of illegal immigrants at our Mexican border. It was not an undercover assignment. In fact, it was a very high profile task. So, the question is where is she? Either she’s missing in action or she’s on some sort of magical mystery tour.
As far as anyone can recall, the last time Vice President Harris dealt with the crisis at the border was just about a year ago. Rep. Vicky Hartzler [R-MO] called her out on it recently in a social media post: “Instead of actually working to solve our #BorderCrisis a year ago, Border Czar Kamala Harris did nothing but say ‘do not come.’ Predictably, no one listened. Now, thousands of migrants are rapidly approaching our southern border demanding entry.”
The Congresswoman may have understated the numbers but she got her point across: Ms. Harris is not doing her job. Nearly two million illegal migrants have been released into the U.S. in the 16 months since President Biden and Vice President Harris took office, according to the Center for Immigration Studies [CIS].
CIS resident fellow in law and policy Andrew Arthur penned that report. He broke the numbers down this way: President Biden released 1,049,532 so far since taking office. Add to that number some 706,667 so-called “got-aways” — aliens who entered illegally and successfully evaded apprehension. And then there are the 190,053 UACs, unaccompanied children who the Department of Homeland Security automatically set free. It adds up to 1,946,252. “By way of comparison, that is more people released into the United States than the total number of migrants Border Patrol agents at the southwest border apprehended in any given fiscal year between 2007 and 2020,” Arthur noted.
Meanwhile, a new caravan — perhaps the largest ever — is headed our way. It consists of as many as 15,000 illegal migrants and at least one of them, a Haitian, told Fox News he would not have joined the procession if President Trump were still in office. He said that President Biden “promised the Haitian community he will help them. Now we need him to keep his promise.”
Separately, a Brazilian migrant who recently crossed the border in Tucson with his wife and three children told ABC News that his decision, too, was inspired by President Biden welcoming attitude and that he would not have ventured north if President Trump was still in office.
Now, a new report from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee obtained by Fox News puts the blame squarely on President Biden’s shoulders, highlighting “how President Biden’s policies are worsening the immigration crisis at the southern border.” According to the Committee’s ranking member James Risch [R-ID], “Illegal migration to the United States has reached record-breaking levels since the Biden Administration entered office. In order to protect U.S. security and regional stability, its time the administration establish sound immigration controls within the United States and build political will and capacity in Mexico and the northern Central American countries of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.”
The report blames the migration on the president. It says that Mr. Biden “incentivized” it and “undermined” our nation’s ability to maintain secure borders. And it urges the establishment of strong controls at the border and a show of force that tells migrants “that they cannot illegally enter the United States with impunity.”