Vice President Kamala Harris was tapped by President Joe Biden to address the worsening border crisis but has taken heat for refusing to visit the border for nearly two months.
Now, one Republican is doing something about it.
Rep. Ashley Hinson, R-Iowa, introduced legislation Thursday that would defund all of the vice president’s travel until she visits the southern border. The bill, called the “See the Crisis Act,” would “block Vice President Harris from using taxpayer dollars to travel internationally before seeing the border crisis firsthand,” sending a clear message Republicans want the Biden administration to take the issue more seriously.
“It’s unacceptable that after nearly two months as the Administration’s so-called point person on the border crisis, Vice President Kamala Harris still hasn’t visited the Southern Border and heard directly from the brave law enforcement officers about what they are facing on the ground,” Rep. Hinson said. “As illegal immigration has surged, cartels are emboldened, and record levels of fentanyl are pouring into our country, this crisis continues to be out of sight and out of mind for this Administration.”
The new legislation comes amidst a growing crisis at the border. Illegal immigration has surged under the Biden administration to the highest levels in years.
U.S. Customs and Border Patrol recently released data showing a significant spike in March of this year, reporting that CBP encountered 172,000 illegal immigrants attempting to illegally enter the country in March. That figure marks a 71 percent increase from the previous month and has remained elevated since.
Despite this, the vice president has refused to visit the border to take responsibility for the crisis, insisting her responsibility is the northern triangle, a region in Central America.
“This bill will stop Vice President Harris from traveling internationally on the taxpayers’ dime until she visits the Southern Border and reports to the American people on the steps the Administration is taking to address this crisis,” Rep. Hinson said.