(USA Features) Sen. Marco Rubio criticized Vice President Kamala Harris over her choice of to visit the El Paso, Texas, border sector on Friday, saying that region was not the “epicenter” of the current migrant crisis.
“I don’t know why they chose El Paso. It’s not the epicenter of the crisis,” Rubio said in an interview with Fox News.
“It’s more closer to McAllen and areas of that nature. But I will say that, irrespective, I think what they’re going to see is what they created,” the Florida Republican and vice-chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee continued.
His relevant comments begin around the 2:10 mark, per Fox News:
GOP lawmakers have lambasted President Joe Biden and his vice president over the administration’s reversal of nearly all of former President Donald Trump’s border enforcement policies.
Republicans say those reversals have directly contributed to the current crush of migrants, though the White House says migrants started heading to the border before Biden was inaugurated.
But Rubio says that’s because citizens in Central America and elsewhere had heard Biden and Harris, throughout the 2020 campaign, talk about loosening Trump’s policies if they won.
“Now, that migratory pressure has always been there, and I don’t care what anybody tells you, I don’t care what rhetoric you hear, I know people who have relatives in Central America and the message they got in November of last year and in January when Joe Biden was sworn in was, there’s a new administration, they’re going to do everything on immigration the opposite of Trump, there will be no wall,” he said.
“Some of the first actions they took were on immigration in terms of deferring the deportation of people who may have been in jail, also, the new asylum processes, getting rid of stay in Mexico policies,” Rubio continued.
“All of this sends a message and that is, things have changed, it’s going to be easier to get in and the trafficking networks took advantage of it.”
Trump himself has lashed out at the administration for reversing his policies, which included a “Remain in Mexico” agreement and others with El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.
“The Biden Administration inherited from me the strongest, safest, and most secure border in U.S history and in mere weeks they turned it into the single worst border crisis in U.S history. It’s an unmitigated disaster zone,” Trump said in a statement last week after accepting an invite from Texas GOP Gov. Greg Abbott to visit the border June 30, days after Harris’s visit, which she is expected to make with Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.
Biden put Harris in charge of resolving the migrant crisis in late March. Her Friday visit will mark her first to the border after being pressured for months by Republicans to go see the crisis first-hand.