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Hidin’ Harris: VP goes 25 days without presser after assuming border crisis role

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Vice President Kamala Harris has not given a press conference on the border crisis since being appointed to handle the escalating situation by President Biden on March 24.

Harris’s failure to hold a single press conference to respond to how the administration is going handle the thousands of illegal migrants attempting to enter the United States since the administration rescinded most of President Trump’s previous policies.

President of the National Border Patrol Council Brandon Judd told Fox News Sunday that he thinks Harris is avoiding addressing the crisis so she doesn’t have to fix it.

“Because if she goes to the U.S. border, people are going to expect her to fix the problem, so she avoids it,” Judd said. “That’s disgusting because that’s putting politics ahead of what’s best for this country.”

Harris has also failed to schedule a visit to the southern border or the states affected by the crisis. She is, however, planning to travel to Guatemala and Mexico, the New York Post reports.

When asked about visiting the border, she threw the responsibility to a different official.

“The president has asked [Homeland Security] Secretary [Alejandro] Mayorkas to address what is going on at the border, and he has been working very hard at that and is showing some progress,” the vice president said, according to Fox News.

Harris says she is looking to the origins of the crisis in those countries, but still has no plans to cue the press into her work.

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BREAKING: Senate votes down both articles of impeachment against Mayorkas in party-line vote

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The Senate voted down two articles of impeachment Wednesday which alleged Department of Homeland Security Secretary  Alejandro Mayorkas engaged in the “willful and systemic refusal to comply with the law” regarding the southern border in his capacity as DHS secretary. The second claimed Mayorkas had breached public trust.

What resulted in a party-line vote, began with Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., proposing a point of order declaring the first article unconstitutional, to which the majority of senators agreed following several failed motions by Republicans. The article was deemed unconstitutional by a vote of 51-48, with Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, voting present.

Fox News reports:

Schumer’s point of order was proposed after his request for unanimous consent, which would have provided a set amount of time for debate among the senators, as well as votes on two GOP resolutions and a set amount of agreed upon points of order, was objected to by Sen. Eric Schmitt, R-Mo.

Schmitt stated in his objection that the Senate should conduct a full trial into the impeachment articles against Mayorkas, rather than the debate and points of order suggested by Schumer’s unanimous consent request, which would be followed by a likely successful motion to dismiss the articles. 

Republican senators took issue with Schumer’s point of order, as agreeing to it would effectively kill the first of the two articles. Several GOP lawmakers proposed motions, which took precedence over the point of order, to adjourn or table the point, among other things. But all GOP motions failed. 

After another batch of motions to avoid voting on Schumer’s second point of order, which would deem the second article unconstitutional, the Senate agreed to it. The vote was along party lines 51-49, with Murkowski rejoining the Republicans. 

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