[guest post by Dana]
This latest bit of silliness from Vice-president Kamala Harris reminds me why I don’t take her seriously, and it also serves as one more reminder of the current humanitarian crisis that still exists at the Southern border because both Democrats and Republicans play politics with this issue:
CHUCK TODD: Final topic here. Since we’re here in Texas, I want to ask you about the border. Would you call the border secure?
VICE PRES. KAMALA HARRIS: I think that there is no question that we have to do what the president and I asked Congress to do, the first request we made: pass a bill to create a pathway to citizenship. The border is secure, but we also have a broken immigration system, in particular, over the last four years before we came in, and it needs to be fixed.
CHUCK TODD: We’re going to have two million people cross this border for the first time ever. You’re confident this border’s secure?
VICE PRES. KAMALA HARRIS: We have a secure border in that that is a priority for any nation, including ours and our administration. But there are still a lot of problems that we are trying to fix given the deterioration that happened over the last four years. We also have to put into place a law and a plan for a pathway for citizenship for the millions of people who are here and are prepared to do what is legally required to gain citizenship. We don’t have that in place because people are playing politics in a state like this and in Congress. By the way, you want to talk about bipartisanship on an issue that at one time was a bipartisan issue both in terms of Republican senators and even presidents.
Okay, I shouldn’t have to point out just how disingenuous Harris is being here, but if the border was really that secure, would the Customs & Border Protection encounter an average of 7,400 migrants trying to cross the border on a daily basis? Also, if it’s so secure, why is Texas bussing migrants to sanctuary cities as a way to get the federal government’s attention and compel them to help in a more effective way with this disaster? It’s pretty damning when the Vice-president of the United States is being interviewed in an actual border state that has repeatedly requested help from the federal government for the crisis they face on a daily basis only to assert that the root of the problem is the people of the state.
Meanwhile, Mayor Muriel Bowser of Washington D.C. declared a public emergency as a result of receiving migrants bussed from Texas to her self-identified “sanctuary city”.
However, border sheriffs are criticizing the mayor for declaring a public emergency:
Sheriffs dealing with the crisis at the southern border are taking aim at Washington, D.C., for declaring a public emergency over the migrants that have been bused into the sanctuary city by Texas and Arizona — and bristling at claims that the buses have turned D.C. into a “border town.”
“They have seen nothing. They are not a border town. They don’t know what a border town is,” Goliad County, Texas, Sheriff Roy Boyd told Fox News Digital.
While one would think that Bowser and other big city mayors who declare their cities a “sanctuary city” would actually make sure to have the necessary infrastructure in place to provide said sanctuary, that apparently isn’t the case.
Look, I don’t particularly like it that Texas and Arizona are bussing migrants to cities so far away from their points of entry, and in many cases so far away from any relative or community that they were hoping to reach when they arrived in the U.S. But I also understand the level of frustration these border states reguarly endure. I’m not sure what the answer is, but I do know that being so incredibly tone-deaf and divisive by accusing the state residents in the state in which she is being interviewed, isn’t helping. To the contrary. So maybe lead by example, Vice-president Harris, and stop playing politics with the issue.