In the nearly two months since President Joe Biden tapped Kamala Harris for the role of leading America’s diplomatic response to the ongoing crisis at the southern border, and aside from a few brief chats with reporters, the vice president hasn’t done anything in the way of action. In fact, she still hasn’t even visited the border to see the situation for herself.
Now, leaders in states along the U.S.–Mexico border are making clear they’ve had enough. According to Breitbart, Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich (R) sent a letter earlier this month to President Joe Biden asking him to replace Harris as his “border czar.”
Brnovich reportedly charged that the VP’s response to the border crisis has been “absolutely abysmal” and urged Biden to choose someone who will turn their words into actions.
Time to go
In his letter to Biden, dated Wednesday, the attorney general said the “crisis at our southern border has been escalating since January,” and now, he says, it’s “clearly a catastrophe and a tragedy in the making.”
“Like many Americans, I was encouraged by your March 24th appointment of Vice President Kamala Harris to lead the efforts to stem the tidal wave of illegal migration into our country,” Brnovich wrote to Biden, according to Breitbart. “However, to date, her response to the border crisis has been absolutely abysmal, so I am requesting that she be replaced as your ‘border czar.'”
After almost two months, “Harris has shown little interest in observing what is happening along the border and has failed to articulate any plan to deal with the devastating effects of this crisis,” Brnovich charged.
“Instead, she has traveled to other states for unrelated and less-pressing matters,” the Arizona AG explained to Biden. “Mr. President, this is a slap in the face to Arizonans who helped elect you both to the highest offices in the land.”
The crisis continues
According to Breitbart, Brnovich went on to write that border officials and local law enforcement are”overwhelmed” and “understaffed,” while residents of border communities lived in “fear.”
“It is shameful that they are not receiving more federal support,” he said, as Breitbart reported.
Brnovich also said he’d sent a letter back in April to Harris herself, but wrote, “To date, I am very disappointed that I have not received a response from Vice President Harris or anyone in your administration.”
With that, he said Harris ought to be replaced in her role as “border czar” with “a federal official who is willing to see the crisis firsthand and to work with state partners to address it.”
It remains to be seen whether the White House will break its silence in response to Brnovich’s latest message — but I wouldn’t hold my breath.