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World Dem Rep. Cuellar says he has not heard from VP Harris on border visit

01:45  20 june  2021
01:45  20 june  2021 Source:   foxnews.com

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Henry Cuellar on Saturday said he had not heard from the office of Vice President Kamala Harris after he invited her to visit to the southern border -- while suggesting the administration’s policies were at least partly to blame for the crisis. Harris was appointed more than 80 days ago to lead the diplomatic effort to solve what the administration sees as the "root causes" of the migrant surge at the border -- such as poverty, crime and climate change in Central America. Earlier this month, she visited both Guatemala and Mexico and announced a slew of measures designed to combat the root causes.

Cuellar says that while border restrictions are keeping non-essential people from Mexico from entering, migrants crossing the border are being released at bus stations and NGOs. Cuellar represents the 28th Congressional District in Laredo, Texas, an area just south of San Antonio that stretches all the way to the border . “In my area, the southern part in the Rio Grande Valley, since October 1 of 2020, they have seen over 300,000 encounters. Over 300,000 people have just come in one sector,” said Rep .

Democratic Rep. Henry Cuellar on Saturday said he had not heard from the office of Vice President Kamala Harris after he invited her to visit to the southern border -- while suggesting the administration’s policies were at least partly to blame for the crisis.

Cuellar, who represents Texas' 28th Congressional District, which includes 300 miles of the U.S. southern border, invited Harris to the border earlier this week.

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"I encourage you to join me and other Members of Congress, while we visit with the people on the ground who deal with these issues every day," Cuellar wrote. "I believe it is critical that you meet with local stakeholders and residents, consider their concerns, and use their lived experiences to implement more effective policies."

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Vice President Kamala Harris visited Atlanta on Friday Kamala Harris 'Laughing' at Border Crisis, Says Republican Rep as He Blasts Homeland Sec Mayorkas. Kamala Harris has gone 85 days without visiting the southern border crisis since Joe Biden tasked her with managing the border crisis.

Harris was appointed more than 80 days ago to lead the diplomatic effort to solve what the administration sees as the "root causes" of the migrant surge at the border -- such as poverty, crime and climate change in Central America. Earlier this month, she visited both Guatemala and Mexico and announced a slew of measures designed to combat the root causes.

While the Biden administration has said Harris’ role is not the border per se, but the diplomatic effort, critics have said that it is vital she sees the border to understand what is going on.

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Cuellar said he hasn’t heard back yet from Harris regarding his invitation.


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Cuellar Says He ’s ‘Been Warning’ Biden Administration About Border Rhetoric: They Have a ‘Bad Message’. Democratic Texas Rep . Henry Cuellar lamented President Joe Biden’s stance on border security in a Wednesday interview, telling MSNBC’s Chuck I don’t just visit the border , I live there.

No, I haven't I've not heard from her office, I have talked to the White House, my White House contacts, but I have not heard from her," he said on "Cavuto Live."

Asked about the "root causes" explanation of the increase in border crossings, which saw more than 180,000 encounters in May alone, Cuellar suggested that the explanation was partly correct and there are push factors, but was missing another side of the coin.

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"But you just cannot focus only on the push factors. You've got to look at the pull factors. What policies do you have here at the border?" he said. "Look, under the U.S. law right now, we have the right to deport people and we just got to follow the law. That is, people that can stay here will stay here, but people that we need to deport deport them. Because if we keep catch and release, this will provide a base incentive for more and more people to come in and they tell us to get richer and richer. "

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VP Harris has another tense exchange as border visit pressure mounts. ‘We need more body bags’: Texas rep paints grim picture of border deaths. Deputized to “fix” the migrant surge crisis, Vice President Kamala Harris has no plans to visit the US-Mexico border — but Donald Trump may go there “soon,” according to an aide to the former president. Harris was tapped by President Biden to lead talks with Latin American countries about the crisis earlier this week and is now focused on diplomatic efforts to reduce the wave of Central American immigrants seeking refuge in the US.

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 . 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

Cuellar also said he agreed that then-candidate Biden's rhetoric during the presidential campaign, signaling that if migrants made the trek to the border they would be let into the U.S., caused the current surge.

The Texas congressman noted that both the Guatemalan and Mexican presidents made this point. "The rhetoric that came in from before the Inauguration, yes, that adds to it," said Cuellar. "And now I understand the administration is saying now don't come. But you have to couple that with action."

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However, amid calls for Harris to step down or be removed from her role by President Biden from Republicans, Cuellar said he does believe Harris can do the job assigned to her and he wants to help her -- but he emphasized that he believes a border visit is necessary.

"I think she can do the job. She just needs to get down to the border," he said. "You know, we've invited her. I hope she can come down. Otherwise, she should have not been appointed border czar by the president. And that's the reality."

Fox News' Evie Fordham contributed to this report.

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