JOE Biden threw “clueless” Kamala Harris under the bus when he sent her to Mexico as part of her first international trip as migration czar, a New York Post columnist claims.
The vice president has been put in charge of the country’s southern border and the White House’s efforts to address the increase of migration to the United States.
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Joe Biden threw vice president Kamala Harris ‘under a bus’, a New York Post columnist claims[/caption]
Harris has been named “border czar” by the Biden Administration and is in charge of the US’ southern border[/caption]
Harris has faced a backlash of criticism in recent weeks after being branded as the “migration czar” by Biden as thousands of migrants poured over the Mexico border and entered the country.
The White House has proposed to spend $4billion to address the “root causes of migration” in countries such as Guatemala and Honduras.
Harris met with Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei and Mexican premier Andrés Manuel López Obrador, discussing increased border security measures and how to address the causes of migration.
New York Post columnist Kyle Smith said Biden’s “buck-passing” set up Harris for a “spectacularly visible” failure.
He accused the Biden Administration of “moronically reversing” Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” policy – which required asylum seekers to stay in the country while claims were being processed.
Border authorities have dealt with 19,000 unaccompanied children in March and more than 170,000 encounters on the border in April – the highest level in two decades.
A migrant family waits to be processed in Del Rio, Texas[/caption]
Migrants pictured sitting on the ground as they are apprehended after crossing the Rio Grande border in La Joya, TX[/caption]
The moment Harris was appointed migration czar, Biden was passing a grenade that its ‘pin had already been pulled,’ columnist Kyle Smith claims[/caption]
Of these encounters, Mexicans made up 36 percent of the people who made the illegal crossing in April.
According to monthly data from the US Customs and Border Protection, Hondurans came in second at 22 percent and Guatemalans third with 17 percent.
Smith said Biden passed a grenade where its “pin had already been pulled” when he appointed Harris as migration czar.
He said that she cannot “clean up” the Administration’s problems until Biden reinstates some of Trump’s ideas.
The latest criticism comes after Harris appeared to laugh when she was asked whether she will visit the southern border.
The vice president chuckled during an interview with NBC News before her meeting with the Mexican president.
Harris appeared to chuckle during a NBC interview when asked if she will visit the southern border[/caption]
Anchor Lester Holt asked Harris whether or not she has plans to visit the US-Mexico border.
She replied: “I – at some point – you know – we are going to the border. We’ve been to the border.
So this whole – this whole – this whole thing about the border. We’ve been to the border. We’ve been to the border.”
When she was reminded by the journalist that she has not personally visited the border, Harris laughed and said: “I haven’t been to Europe.”
The vice president urged migrants not to enter the US illegally during a visit to Guatemala on Monday.
Harris told migrants not to enter the US illegally during a visit to Guatemala[/caption]
Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez accused the US of ‘setting Latin America on fire’[/caption]
She said: “I want to be clear to folks in this region who are thinking about making that dangerous trek to the United States-Mexico border: Do not come. Do not come.”
Joe Biden‘s VP then confirmed that anyone who flouted these instructions and arrived illegally would be “turned back.”
Far-left congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez branded Harris’ statement as disappointing, accusing the United States of setting Latin America on fire.
She tweeted: “This is disappointing to see. First, seeking asylum at any US border is a 100 [percent] legal method of arrival.
“Second, the US spent decades contributing to regime change and destabilization in Latin America. We can’t help set someone’s house on fire and then blame them for fleeing.”
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Kyle Smith is a critic-at-large for National Review and a columnist for the New York Post and New Criterion.
He previously slammed John Cena for apologizing to China after the movie star said Taiwan was a country in a Fast & Furious 9 promo.
And, the columnist branded Nick Clegg, Facebook’s vice president of global communications, a “dull, earnest, sanctimonious upper-class policy robot” when discussing Trump’s ban from the social media platform.