Vice President Kamala Harris has faced widespread criticism for her response to the ongoing border crisis, but one GOP lawmaker presented some statistics meant to drive home his party’s concerns.
U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) revealed that roughly 20,000 undocumented migrants have escaped into the U.S. in the weeks since Harris was given a pivotal role in the Biden administration’s response to the border surge.
“Has only gotten substantially worse”
His comments came in the form of a letter he delivered to President Joe Biden on Friday, which followed an earlier letter he sent last month inviting the president to visit Yuma County.
Since he sent the earlier letter, Gosar wrote that “the crisis along the southern border has only gotten substantially worse.”
Citing specifics, the Arizona Republican wrote that illegal border crossings “are at a 15-year-high” and detention facilities are packed far beyond their intended capacities.
He went on to note that “this year 5,018 illegal aliens crossed the border who have been convicted of a host of crimes including assault, robbery, drug trafficking, and sexual offenses.”
“This unprecedented surge”
Gosar brought Harris into his missive by noting that Biden named her the “crisis manager” for the border issue roughly three weeks earlier, during which time the vice president “has not acted to address this crisis.”
Instead, the lawmaker said that “under her watch, the problem has gotten dramatically worse.”
The Department of Homeland Security informed lawmakers “that as many as 20,000 illegal immigrants have escaped into the U.S. since Harris was tapped, with an estimated 1,000 illegal aliens crossing the border daily, unpursued,” Gosar added.
Noting that he had “not received any formal response” to his prior letter, he concluded with another invitation for Biden and Harris “to visit Yuma County to see first-hand” the impact of “this unprecedented surge of illegal alien border crossings.”
Harris has consistently dismissed or ducked questions regarding whether she would personally visit the border, but announced this week that she plans to visit Central America to discuss the issue with local leaders. She did not provide specifics, however, stating only that she would do so “as soon as possible.”
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