Harris, who compared immigration officers to Ku Klux Klan, called to abolish ICE, tapped to ‘fix the border’

WASHINGTON, DC — President Joe Biden has now delegated his leadership role in the growing illegal immigration crisis at the Texas border to Vice President Kamala Harris, who is increasingly being tasked with more presidential-like duties.

This past week, Biden appointed Harris to lead his administration’s efforts to address a record surge in migrants, including unaccompanied minors, which have strained capacity at immigration facilities at the southern border in recent weeks.

Biden said in his White House announcement:

“I can think of nobody who is better qualified to do this.”

Referring to Harris, Biden said:

“When she speaks, she speaks for me. Doesn’t have to check with me. She knows what she’s doing and I hope we can move this along.”

Harris will serve as the administration’s diplomatic liaison in talks with Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador and try to address the root causes of the migrant surge.

Harris said to Biden:

“Thank you, Mr. President, and for having the confidence in me. There’s no question this is a challenging situation.”

However, Harris is being criticized by some as a poor choice to lead the border crisis response.

She has been accused of flip-flopping on the issue of decriminalizing illegal crossings and comparing ICE to the KKK, according to FOX News reports.

On “Fox & Friends” Thursday morning, former Acting ICE Director, Tom Homan, slammed Vice President Kamala Harris as the “worst pick” to lead the response to the current border crisis under the Biden administration.

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Homan said:

“When President Biden says [Kamala Harris] is the most qualified, I mean, seriously? What color’s the sky in his world? Because you couldn’t get a worse pick. Look, she supports sanctuary cities, she wrote legislation to reward those who illegally entered into the United States.”

Homan further added:

“She vilified the men and women of the Border Patrol during the last surge, saying they are mistreating immigrants. She’s an open borders advocate. She wants to abolish ICE and she compared immigration officers to the KKK during the Senate hearing, and you want to put her in charge of immigration enforcement on the border?

“I couldn’t think of a worse choice.”

Harris was among the Democrats who raised their hands during a June 2019 presidential primary debate when asked if they were in favor of decriminalization of illegal border crossings. When Megan McCain asked her about it on “The View,” Harris denied it, although she still said the law should not be criminally enforced:

“I would not make it a crime punishable by jail. It should be a civil enforcement issue, but not a criminal enforcement issue.”

In 2018, Harris came under fire for grilling Ronald Vitiello, President Trump’s nominee to lead Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

During a hearing on Capitol Hill,  Harris specifically compared ICE to the Ku Klux Klan and tried to get Vitiello to agree with her by asking the following:

“Are you aware of the perception of many about how the power and the discretion at ICE is being used to enforce the laws and do you see any parallels?”

Harris continued asking Vitiello:

“Are you aware that there is a perception that ICE is administering its power in a way that is causing fear and intimidation, particularly among immigrants and specifically among immigrants coming from Mexico and Central America? Are you aware of that perception?”

Then before getting cut off again by Harris, Vitiello replied:

“I do not see a parallel between the power and authority that ICE has to do its job and agents and officers who do it professionally and excellently with lots of compassion.”

At his first solo press conference on March 25, Biden admitted he did not know when the press would be able to access federal immigration facilities at the southern border.

Journalists in recent weeks have been barred from immigration facilities amid the ongoing border crisis, with one longtime Getty photographer claiming he had to photograph U.S. border operations from Mexico rather than from the U.S.

Asked when reporters might be allowed into overcrowded migrant facilities at the southern border, Biden said during the press conference “very shortly,” but did not provide a specific timeline.

Pressed on the issue, Biden said he would “commit to transparency” on the issue and that media would have “full access” to the facilities in the near future.

When asked again about when the press would gain access to immigration facilities, including those where children are reportedly being packed together in large numbers, the president responded: “I don’t know.”

Biden’s frequent inability to give details on important topics contrasts with the image of Harris silently lurking behind him when he speaks or signs proclamations.

Some observers have become unnerved and theorize she is being prepared to take over the presidency if needed in the future.

For example, Kamala has already been tasked with the president’s traditional job of making phone calls to major foreign leaders. She recently spoke to French President Emmanuel Macron and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Biden himself indicated he thought of himself as a “transition candidate.” He further explained after his election that, should he and Kamala ever have a difference of agreement, he would leave office and hand it over to her.

On more than one occasion, Biden has referred to Vice President Harris as President Harris, fueling further speculation as to what her future role may actually be.

The 25th Amendment states:

“In case of the removal of the President from office, or his death or resignation, the Vice President shall become President.”

Between Biden’s verbal gaffes, falling three times on the steps of Air Force One and his first press conference, more eyes may turn to Harris as she takes on more duties.

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