Earlier in the week, President Joe Biden announced that he was going to be stepping back from dealing with the crisis at the southern border of the United States. While it is somewhat of an improvement for the Biden administration to be acknowledging that there is a crisis with the flood of migrants to the south, it’s as yet perplexing what he has decided he’s done with one of the biggest problems to crop up during his tenure.
The administration isn’t leaving us alone, however, in a press conference earlier in the week, Biden put Vice President Kamala Harris in charge of the growing problem, saying that ”I can think of nobody who is better qualified to do this,” after making the announcement at the White House.
“When she speaks, she speaks for me,” Biden said. “Doesn’t have to check with me. She knows what she’s doing and I hope we can move this along.”
However, the governor of one prominent border state is unimpressed. Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey called Harris the “worst possible choice” to fix the problem at the southern border.
“She’s about the worst possible choice that one could make,” Ducey told reporters at a press conference on Wednesday according to The Blaze. “In no point in her career has she given any indication that she considers the border a problem or a serious threat.”
“If President Biden’s intent was to show that he’s taking this issue seriously, he’s really done the exact opposite,” the Republican governor stated, adding that President Biden had “completely trivialized the issue by putting someone in charge who flat out just doesn’t care.”
Harris admitted on Wednesday that it was a “huge problem” and said she’s “not going to pretend it’s not” (so that’s an option sometimes?).
“Are we looking at overcrowding at the border in particular of these kids? Yes,” Harris said.
While campaigning to be president in July 2019, Harris stated, “You look at the fact that this is a president who has pushed policies that’s (sic) been about putting babies in cages at the border in the name of security when in fact what it is, is a human rights abuse being committed by the United States government.”
“As president, I will immediately put in place a meaningful process to review asylum cases,” she wrote on Twitter in July 2019. “I will release children from cages. I will get rid of the private detention centers. It’s time we had a president whose actions reflected the values of our country.”
Ducey, however, did tour the border, along with Florida Republican Sen. Rick Scott, which Harris declined that she had any plans to do, and Scott said he believes Biden was responsible for the “humanitarian crisis along the Southern border.”
“There’s a crisis at the border and it’s 100% President Biden’s fault,” said Scott, who is the chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee according to The Blaze. “Our brave border patrol and ICE officers are working around the clock to keep Americans safe, and today Governor Ducey and I got to see that work firsthand. Biden’s open borders and amnesty policies are wreaking havoc and incentivizing illegal immigration and the endangerment of children whose parents are sending them here alone.”
“There were over 100,000 detentions in February, compared to 37,000 in February 2020 — a 170% increase,” Scott said. “It’s unacceptable and dangerous, and it’s a crisis that demands action. It’s time for the Biden Administration to secure the border and send a clear message of law and order. And it’s time for the President to get down here and see the crisis he’s created.”
Ducey didn’t save all his criticism for the vice president however, he also said that Biden is to blame for the border crisis, saying the president is “totally divorced from the reality on the ground.”
“I’ve been governor under three presidents, and this is by far the worst situation we’ve seen,” Ducey said during a visit to the border wall. “Washington has never been more out of touch, and it starts at the top.”
“The system is broken,” Ducey told reporters in Douglas, Arizona. “Joe Biden has broken our border.”