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Arizona AG: Biden must remove VP Harris as his border czar

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Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich is calling on President Biden to remove Vice President Harris as the border czar in a letter he sent Wednesday. His announcement comes one day after U.S. Customs and Border Protection published the data on immigration for this April.

Brnovich demands that someone else take Harris’ place because of her “little interest in observing what is happening on the border.” Since being put in this position, Harris has yet to hold any press conferences on the matter. Even Department of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas made a visit to the border, held a press conference, and spoken in hearings within these first 100 some odd days of the Biden administration. Harris, on the other hand, “has failed to articulate any plan” Brnovich writes.

RELATED: 20 governors demand that Biden end the border crisis

Harris received an invite to visit the Arizona Mexico border, from Brnovich himself on April 2nd. But, he says he never even received a response to the invitation. Instead, Harris plans on visiting Mexico in June.

The attorney general drew attention to how law enforcement is understaffed and overwhelmed. “It is shameful that they are not receiving more federal support,” Brnovich wrote. “Mr. President, we cannot afford another day, week, or month of apathy and inaction by any official in your administration charged with upholding our federal immigration laws an ensuring public safety.”

RELATED: Almost 500 incidents of violent crimes at the border since Biden took office: report

Brnovich suggested that Biden replace Harris with another federal official who will see the border crisis “firsthand” and is willing to work with state partners.

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Michigan asks residents to house migrants, enroll children in school and help adults find employment

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Michigan is asking its residents to help with the mess its leadership created and house migrants in their own homes. The state Department of Labor and Economic Development said volunteers who participate must commit for at least 90 days as part of the refugee support program.

In addition to opening up their homes, sponsors are expected to support newly arrived refugees by greeting them at the airport, securing and preparing initial housing, enrolling children in school and helping adults find employment.

“Programs like the Welcome Corps advance the Office of Global Michigan’s mission to make Michigan the home for opportunity for our immigrant, refugee and ethnic communities,” said Poppy Hernandez, Global Michigan Director and Michigan’s Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer. “Expanded refugee resettlement pathways empower more Michiganders to support our state’s growing refugee population and build a more welcoming and inclusive Michigan for all.”

The migrants will come from Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua and Venezuela, all points of origin where many have been hoping to apply for asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Fox News reports “cities like New York and Chicago have also dealt with issues related to migrants committing crimes, as well as pushback from residents who have voiced anger and concern over the influx. Migrant shelters in those cities have largely been full, forcing officials to come up with ways to safely house the migrants.”

Last year, Massachusetts officials asked residents to open their doors as migrant shelters were full at the time. “Most importantly, if you have an extra room or suite in your home, please consider hosting a family. Housing and shelter is our most pressing need and become a sponsor family,” said Massachusetts Lt. Governor Kim Driscoll.

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