It was in March 2021 that President Joe Biden tasked Vice President Kamala Harris to be his “border czar” and lead the administration’s efforts to identify and address the “root causes” of migration at the nation’s southern border, but not much has been done since and the problems of illegal immigration and cross-border smuggling have only grown worse.
Now some House Republicans have joined together in an effort to force Biden to remove Harris from that assignment and instead appoint somebody else with competence and experience on border-related matters, the Conservative Brief reported.
That effort is being led by Rep. Ronny Jackson (R-TX), the former White House physician-turned-congressman who has been highly critical of both President Biden and Vice President Harris.
Time for Harris to be removed
In March 2022, timed to coincide with the one-year anniversary of Harris’ appointment as “border czar,” Rep. Jackson introduced a resolution that called upon President Biden to remove and replace VP Harris in that particular role.
“Instead of working for the American people, Kamala Harris has worked against us by ignoring her responsibilities as Border Czar,” Jackson said in a statement at that time. “Rather than doing her job, Harris sits back and watches as illegal immigration skyrockets, countless people at home and abroad are victimized by drug and human trafficking, and CBP officers are left without resources or support from the Biden Administration.”
“Make no mistake — Harris’ approach is by design, and she must be stopped,” he continued. “It is past time for Joe Biden to remove her from the Border Czar role and appoint someone who will put Americans’ interests first. A nation without borders is no nation at all. We need a real leader at the helm who will secure our southern border, and, in turn, our country’s bright future.”
“A single canned photo op and pointless foreign trips to Northern Triangle countries on the taxpayers’ dime are not cutting it,” Jackson added in reference to Harris’ limited actions in her role. “I urge Speaker Pelosi to bring my resolution to the House Floor immediately, for the American peoples’ sake.”
The resolution, which had 26 original co-sponsors, called for Biden to remove Harris from any “task force or strategy relating to immigration” and to replace her as “border czar” with an “experienced and competent leader” instead.
That resolution also called on Biden to “recognize that border security is national security,” to provide “adequate support and resources” to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, to specifically focus on dangerous drugs like fentanyl, and to “stop allowing politics in Washington to cloud their judgment regarding policies implemented at the southern border.”
Harris is an “abject failure” who has been “ineffective” in addressing the border crisis
More recently, one of the co-sponsors of that resolution, Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL), spoke out critically against Vice President Harris when she traveled to the Sunshine State in mid-July to discuss abortion rights and meet with military service members.
Donalds said that, with respect to Harris’ role as the “border czar,” the vice president was an “abject failure” with “anemic security policies” and had “been ineffective in her primary role of securing the nation.”
Obviously, in a Democrat-controlled House, Jackson’s resolution to remove VP Harris as Biden’s “border czar” isn’t going anywhere, but that resolution could conceivably come into play next year if, as expected, Republicans regain control of the House in November’s midterm elections.