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DHS Chief Defends Harris Not Visiting Border, Calls GOP Question About It ‘Unfair’ and ‘Disrespectful’

Tom Ozimek June 19, 2021 border, Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Executive Branch, Kamala Harris, National Security, Politics, US, US News Comments Off on DHS Chief Defends Harris Not Visiting Border, Calls GOP Question About It ‘Unfair’ and ‘Disrespectful’

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Chief Alejandro Mayorkas on Thursday pushed back on an inquiry by a Republican congressman about whether Vice President Kamala Harris would visit the southern border, calling the question “quite unfair and disrespectful.” Mayorkas made the remarks in June 17 testimony before the House Homeland Security Committee on his agency’s fiscal year 2022 budget request, while responding to a series of questions on issues like migration policy and border security operations.

The exchange between Mayorkas and Rep. Ralph Norman (R-S.C.) was prompted by the South Carolina Republican’s asking the DHS chief whether he had ever had a medical physical exam. After Mayorkas replied in the affirmative, Norman asked him why, then, would President Joe Biden and Harris “not want to go physically look at the border” and talk to border patrol agents, given that the in-person approach is one that “applies in so many other fields.” …

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