(USA Features) Former acting Customs and Border Protection chief Mark Morgan predicted Friday that there won’t be “anything of substance” that will come of Vice President Kamala Harris’s visit to the U.S.-Mexico border in El Paso.
In an interview with Newsmax TV, Morgan said Harris was traveling to the wrong place if her objective is to see the illegal migrant chaos first hand and that her trip is really just designed to address a “political optic nightmare.”
“There’s a reason she’s going to El Paso, and she’s 1,000 miles away from the epicenter, which is the Rio Grande Valley (or) McAllen, where sector 19 has apprehended over 275,000 illegal aliens,” Morgan said on Newsmax’s “Wake Up America.”
“They’re going to go to facilities that are permanent hardened facilities that that are going to be less crowded, really in some areas, state of the art facilities that they’re going to go to and again it’s going to present some for some really nice photo ops, but she’s not going to go to the heart of the crisis, and here’s it’s not just about what she’s not going to see,” he added.
One of the worst sectors for illegal crossings and drug smuggling is the Rio Grande Valley, which is near the southernmost tip of Texas. El Paso, meanwhile, borders New Mexico.
Commenting on the seriousness of the problem, Morgan said that Americans ought to be demanding more than a “series of photo ops and addressing optics” from Harris and the Biden administration broadly.
“What they should be asking for is concrete actions that this administration is going to take to solve the border crisis and secure our borders,” he said. “That’s not what we’re going to get.”
He also predicted that Harris would not be asking border security and law enforcement personnel any tough, probing questions about what the administration can do to help solve the crisis.
“We’re not going to hear the results of those questions, and we’re not going to hear one concrete substantive action from this administration to secure our border,” Morgan offered.
He also said the El Paso sector has a “robust, strategic set of tools, policies, and resources” that are not available to border officials in the Rio Grande Valley.
Harris’s trip comes just days before former President Donald Trump is scheduled to visit a segment of the border at the invitation of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R).
The vice president’s office has denied that her trip was triggered by Trump’s previously announced visit.