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A group of House Republicans have demanded that President Joe Biden remove Vice President Kamala Harris from her role as immigration crisis czar because she still hasn't visited the border or met with border patrol agents since taking the job 85 days ago.

The 56 lawmakers, led by Rep. Glenn Grothman, R-Wis., penned a letter on Thursday with a scathing review of Harris' performance after she was tapped on March 24 to lead the administration's response to the immigration crisis at the southern border.

'Despite being in the midst of a border crisis this country has not seen in two decades, Vice President Harris has not yet shown adequate interest in observing this crisis first-hand,' the lawmakers wrote. 

'In the 85 days since the Vice President has been tasked with solving this crisis, she has yet to visit the border and meet with Border Patrol agents, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials and local law enforcement officials.'

House Republicans have demanded that President Joe Biden remove Vice President Kamala Harris from her role as immigration crisis czar

House Republicans have demanded that President Joe Biden remove Vice President Kamala Harris from her role as immigration crisis czar

The 56 lawmakers, led by Rep. Glenn Grothman, R-Wis., penned a letter on Thursday with the scathing review of Harris' performance

The 56 lawmakers, led by Rep. Glenn Grothman, R-Wis., penned a letter on Thursday with the scathing review of Harris' performance

As noted by Fox News, Harris recently visited Guatemala and Mexico where she met with leaders but has still not visited the U.S. border. 

Republicans claim it is important for her to actually go to the border for her to truly understand problems with illegal immigration.

The GOP has blamed the Biden administration's rolling back of Trump era policies for recent surges of illegal immigrants at the southern border.

The 56 Republicans claimed that 'the exclusive focus on Central American countries ignores the fact that we see many migrants attempting to illegally cross our southern border from countries all over the world, including Russia, Brazil, Cuba and Haiti.'

'We are also aware of no dramatic changes in Central American countries over the last few months that would result in such a wide gap of encounters at the southern border compared to last year,' the Republicans wrote. 

The 56 lawmakers, led by Rep. Glenn Grothman, R-Wis., penned a letter on Thursday with the scathing review of Harris' performance

The 56 lawmakers, led by Rep. Glenn Grothman, R-Wis., penned a letter on Thursday with the scathing review of Harris' performance

The Republicans also encouraged Biden to appoint someone else to lead the administration's response to handling the border crisis.

'This country cannot afford another minute of inaction from Vice President Harris,' the lawmakers wrote.

'While you have publicly defended the Vice President, even you must be discouraged with her inaction.'

Earlier this week, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas defended the Biden administration's handling of the crisis and said: 'We have a strategy.' 

'We are executing that strategy, I am confident in the strategy and I am confident in the proposal we have submitted to this Congress to best resource that strategy,' Mayorkas said.

Border Patrol and local police raid five homes in Texas where more than 200 migrants were hidden by smugglers

Border Patrol and local police raid five homes in Texas where more than 200 migrants were hidden by smugglers

Border Patrol and local police raid five homes in Texas where more than 200 migrants were hidden by smugglers

Border Patrol and local police raid five homes in Texas where more than 200 migrants were hidden by smugglers

Agents of the Attorney General's Office escort more than a migrants who were kidnapped, from a house in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua state, Mexico on June 9

Agents of the Attorney General's Office escort more than a migrants who were kidnapped, from a house in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua state, Mexico on June 9

Border Patrol and local police raid five homes in Texas where more than 200 migrants were hidden by smugglers

Border Patrol and local police raid five homes in Texas where more than 200 migrants were hidden by smugglers

Agents of the Attorney General's Office escort more than a migrants who were kidnapped, from a house in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico, on June 9

Agents of the Attorney General's Office escort more than a migrants who were kidnapped, from a house in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico, on June 9

A migrant family from Brazil waits to be processed by U.S. Border Patrol agents after passing through a gap in the border wall from Mexico in Yuma, Arizona on June 10

A migrant family from Brazil waits to be processed by U.S. Border Patrol agents after passing through a gap in the border wall from Mexico in Yuma, Arizona on June 10

South Carolina Republican Rep. Ralph Norman tore into Mayorkas on Thursday when he said it was 'quite unfair' to criticize Kamala Harris for not visiting the border.

Norman started the House Homeland Security Committee hearing by asking Mayorkas whether Harris should visit the border.

'I consider that question to be quite unfair,' Mayorkas replied.

'You're comments are just words, and they're very unfair,' Norman said. 'I asked you a simple question, and I would like for you to just answer simply. 

'Does it make sense for the leaders of the free world to go in to talk and see what's going on at the border?

South Carolina Republican Rep. Ralph Norman tore into Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on Thursday when he suggested it was 'quite unfair' to criticize Kamala Harris for not visiting the border Norman started the House Homeland Security Committee hearing by asking Mayorkas whether Harris should visit the border. 'I consider that question to be quite unfair,' Mayorkas replied

South Carolina Republican Rep. Ralph Norman tore into Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on Thursday when he suggested it was 'quite unfair' to criticize Kamala Harris for not visiting the border

Mayorkas responded by saying that Harris was the attorney general of a border state, California, and was 'quite familiar with the situation'.

'But she's laughing at it!' Norman fired back. 'It's an insult to say that you're looking at the border wall … what do you have to look at? You're not building it'. 

Texas GOP Senator Ted Cruz also criticized the Biden administration's response to the border crisis on Friday, saying they are 'quite simply' not doing their jobs and are failing to enforce the law.

As they conducted their hearing, more migrants continued crossing the Rio Grande near Roma, Texas, to begin their bid for asylum.

Photos showed men, women and children in rafts and wading in the water in the dead of night, trying to reach the US.  

This graph shows the number of migrants caught by the Office of Field Operation (OFO) and US Border Patrol agents in April and May

This graph shows the number of migrants caught by the Office of Field Operation (OFO) and US Border Patrol agents in April and May 

This chart shows how 2021 border crossings - pictured in blue - rocketed on crossings made in 2020, represented by the brown line (2018 is pictured in gray, with 2019 in orange)

This chart shows how 2021 border crossings - pictured in blue - rocketed on crossings made in 2020, represented by the brown line (2018 is pictured in gray, with 2019 in orange)

The tense exchange Norman and Mayorkas also came off the back of criticism over Kamala's visit to Guatemala and Mexico and her testy responses to questions over whether she would visit the wall - that the Biden administration has vowed not to continue building.

In an interview with NBC's Lester Holt, she laughed when he asked why she hadn't visited the border.

'And I haven't been to Europe either,' she responded. 

Last Wednesday, Customs and Border Protection released figures that show illegal crossings have exploded by 674 per cent in a year.

Border guards confronted 180,034 migrants in May - the fourth consecutive monthly rise.

The figures show the number of migrants rocketed by more than six-fold from the 23,237 who crossed from Mexico into the United States in May 2020.

Last year's number was far lower than usual because of the COVID-19 outbreak, but this year's figures still spell worrying news for Joe Biden, with 2021 on-track to record the highest number of illegal border crossings since 2006.

Source : https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9703079/House-Republicans-demand-Biden-remove-Harris-immigration-czar-visited-border.html

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