Former Trump Homeland Security officials say they are ‘glad’ Vice President Kamala Harris has taken a hands off approach at the border, claiming if she got involved she would make the crisis worse.
‘I’m glad she’s nowhere near the border,’ Trump-era acting Customs and Border Protection (CBP) commissioner Mark Morgan told DailyMail.com during a panel discussion with the Heritage Foundation on Tuesday.
‘Quite frankly,’ he continued, ‘I think if she does do what she should do as the anointed border czar, she’s just going to make the crisis even worse.’
Along with Morgan, former deputy secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Ken Cuccinelli and former acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf joined the discussion with the conservative think tank where all three are visiting fellows.
Vice President Harris has received a slew of criticism for not yet visiting the southern border despite being put in charge of the crisis 20 days ago. President Biden has also not gone to the U.S.-Mexico border as he nears his third month in office.
The Heritage Foundation hosted a panel with with former Trump’s Homeland Security officials on Tuesday. Former Acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf (upper right), Former acting DHS deputy secretary Ken Cuccinelli (bottom left) and former Acting CBP Commissioner Mark Morgan (bottom right)
Morgan said of Vice President Kamala Harris not yet visiting the border: ‘I’m glad she’s nowhere near the border…. Quite frankly, I think if she does do what she should do as the anointed border czar, she’s just going to make the crisis even worse’
Harris was named border czar 20 days ago, and has received a slew of criticism for doing virtually nothing in her capacity in that role
Morgan pointed to Harris’ lax immigration policies as a reason why it’s better she remain as uninvolved as possible. He noted she helped make California a so-called ‘sanctuary state’ when she was attorney general by refusing to work with federal authorities to turn over illegal immigrants in the state.
‘This is a former Senator Harris who during a congressional testimony referred to ICE as the KKK, she basically called ICE agents racists,’ Morgan bashed the vice president. ‘She’s gone further to say that ICE should be dismantled and start from scratch.’
Cuccinelli told DailyMail.com during the panel talk that no one in the administration wants to take ownership of the massive failure at the southern border.
‘This is a political hot potato within the administration,’ Cuccinelli said.
‘None of them want it,’ he added. ‘That’s why the president tossed it to the vice president, that’s why he hasn’t visited the border even though he has caused the problem. That’s why she won’t touch it, she won’t talk about it, she won’t go to the border, she won’t go anywhere near it.
Cuccinelli said those in the White House are ‘all more afraid of the radical left base than they are committed to solving the problem.’
‘By a longshot – it’s not even close,’ he insisted.
Biden has taken on a much more lax immigration approach than his predecessor – evident by a slew of Trump-critic DHS nominees the president announced Monday.
These policies, however, have quickly led to a humanitarian crisis as a record number of migrants from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador arrive at the border every day – this includes nearly 20,000 unaccompanied minors in U.S. custody.
‘We told you so,’ Morgan said.
Wolf added that although Harris was put in charge of the border, the White House’s messaging as been all wrong, leading to concussion among the public and DHS and border officials and agents.
‘The administration needs to clear up who’s in charge,’ Wolf insisted. ‘Is it the DHS secretary, is it the White House, is it the vice president? Because I can tell you that the men and women in the field are also confused.’
‘I can’t tell you how many people that I’ve talked to at the department that has no idea who’s in charge,’ he said. ‘Who should they be listening to, who should they be taking direction from? They don’t know – and if they don’t know that is a problem.’
Biden announced he is nominating anti-Trump Tucson, Arizona police chief Chris Magnus to lead Customs and Border Protection. Magnus pictured here in December 2014 holding a ‘Black Lives Matter’ sign at a BLM protest
Biden announced Monday a series of new nominees who will lead the border and immigration effort. This includes tapping Tucson, Arizona police chief Chris Magnus to lead the Customs and Border Protection Agency (CBP).
Magnus has been vocal in his criticism of Trump and how he and one-time Attorney General Jeff Sessions handled immigration.
‘The harsh anti-immigrant rhetoric and Mr. Sessions’s reckless policies ignore a basic reality known by most good cops and prosecutors,’ Magnus wrote in a 2017 op/ed. ‘If people are afraid of the police, if they fear they may become separated from their families or harshly interrogated based on their immigration status, they won’t report crimes or come forward as witnesses.’
Another appointee includes fellow anti-Trumper Ur Jaddou to head up the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
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