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‘MISSING AT THE BORDER’: Scalise crafts milk carton with Harris’ face for her failure to visit border amid crisis

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House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) brought a milk carton with Vice President Kamala Harris‘s picture and the words “MISSING AT THE BORDER” to the Capitol on Wednesday.

A throwback to the “missing child” advertisements plastered on many U.S. milk cartons starting in the early 1980s, the tongue-in-cheek prop criticizes her for refusing to visit the U.S.-Mexico border yet amid a record-breaking surge in migrants crossing it, especially unaccompanied children. It also slams her for what Republicans argue is the Biden administration’s lack of urgency in handling the massive influx of people.

MORE ON THE BORDER: Number of unaccompanied minors at border hits all-time high in March

Earlier this month, President Joe Biden tapped his No. 2 to spearhead his administration’s effort to manage the flow of migrants illegally crossing into the U.S. through Mexico. However, administration officials subsequently specified that Harris’ role would focus on the Northern Triangle nations of Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras, from which most of the migrants are fleeing.

Biden, like Harris, has neither visited the border nor the overcrowded migrant detention facilities yet since the crisis began to kick into gear during February.

MORE ON THE BORDER: VP Harris goes 18 days without a press conference on the border crisis after assuming role

Explaining on Wednesday to “Fox Across America with Jimmy Failla” why he brought the milk carton to a press conference at the Capitol about the border crisis, Scalise said it was to “maybe just shame her into going”.

“Biden put Vice President Harris in charge of this crisis and she won’t even go see it,” the Louisiana Republican said. “And so after calling on her to go multiple times, and she just continues to say she’s not going to go, I said let’s put a milk carton with her picture on it saying ‘MISSING’ and maybe just shame her into going, because what you see down there is alarming. It’s disgusting what they’re doing to these young children, it’s abusive and neglectful.”

Migrants, especially thousands of unaccompanied children, have been placed in overcrowded detention facilities with poor accommodations, in spite of the CDC’s COVID-19 guidelines.

MORE ON THE BORDER: Border crisis ‘goes way past politics’: Border official discusses dangers migrants face on the journey to the U.S.

“We should have put an 800-Number or something on there so she could call me and I’ll take her down there myself,” Scalise remarked. “She’s got her own plane. I mean, she’s got a pretty fancy plane. So she could get down there to see that if she wanted to.”

“But in all seriousness,” he said, shifting his tone, “the fact that she’s the Vice President of the United States and President Biden put her in charge of this crisis and she won’t go down and see it, it’s one thing to say, well, she’s going to go down to maybe Venezuela or one of the other South or Central American countries. You don’t have to have any negotiation. They created this crisis in Washington, D.C. The problem can be fixed in Washington, D.C., but at a minimum, go see it in Texas. Go see the mess you’ve created in the United States of America before you start, you know, traipsing off to other countries.”

Scalise added that he’ll “sign the milk carton and give it to her if she just does her job and goes to the border and actually sees the national disgrace they’ve created, both she and President Biden with this policy that’s abusing and neglecting these kids.”

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Majority of Americans believe cartels have more control over border than our government

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The Vice President of the United States claimed, only days ago, that the U.S. southern border is “secure.” Not only did her comment receive severe pushback from lawmakers and border agents and agencies, but the American people don’t buy her rhetoric.

A poll published Thursday by RMG Research shows a majority of Americans “believe cartels have more control over the southern border than the U.S. government.”

Sixty-one percent of registered voters surveyed said that cartels had greater control of the border, compared to 19 percent who said the government has more control. Twenty percent of respondents were “not sure.”

National Review reports:

The poll surveyed 1,200 registered voters from September 20 to 21, and was conducted online by Scott Rasmussen. The margin of error is +/- 2.8 percent.

The majority of voters surveyed, 54 percent, responded that the federal government is not “seriously trying to secure the border and reduce illegal immigration.”

Sixty percent of voters said the “failure of the federal government to secure the southern border” is a bigger problem that governors like Ron DeSantis sending illegal immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard, and 63 percent said it is “hypocritical” for sanctuary cities, like Martha’s Vineyard, to complain when illegal immigrant are sent there.

Another poll by CRC Research obtained exclusively National Review showed that 63 percent agree that sanctuary cities like Chicago, New York City, and Washington, D.C., should share the burden of having illegal immigrants with border states.

The rampant hypocrisy of Democratic lawmakers was on full display after Florida Governor Ron DeSantis sent 50 illegal immigrants to the Martha’s Vineyard, the liberal playground vacation destination in Massachusetts.

Within 24 hours, Democratic lawmakers in Martha’s Vineyard blasted the Florida governor for being “cruel,” then gave the illegal immigrants shelter and food, before putting them on busses and taking them away; ridding their town of the burdensome migrants they claim to support.

Washington, D.C., mayor Muriel Bowser has also said her city “is not a border town,” is “not Texas,” and doesn’t have the infrastructure to handle this type of and level of immigration to our city.”

The poll also shows voters believe ending illegal immigration is important. 83 percent of respondents said it was important, 55 percent said it would have a positive effect on the economy, and 44 percent said it would “significantly reduce crime.”

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