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Putting Harris in charge of immigration is like ‘making El Chapo the drug czar’: Sen. Kennedy

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Republican Sen. John Kennedy (La.) compared Vice President Kamala Harris being assigned to a top administration role regarding the migrant crisis to tapping drug lord El Chapo to be “the drug czar.”

In an interview with The Daily Caller‘s Samantha Renck published Wednesday that touched on a variety of topics relating to immigration, the senator was asked for his thoughts on Harris’ new role, which she was appointed to last Wednesday.

Noting that he had served with Harris on the Senate Judiciary Committee before she became vice president and that he has “great respect” for her, Kennedy said that they have “sharp disagreement on immigration.”

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“Putting the vice president in charge of solving this problem […] is like making El Chapo the drug czar,” Kennedy also remarked, charging that Harris believes in “open borders.”

The senator went on to slam the vice president for past statements of hers in which she was critical of border patrol and called aspects of former President Donald Trump‘s hardline immigration policy “racist”.

As Politico‘s Eugene Daniels noted on Monday, Harris’ exact role hasn’t been fully laid out publicly yet. While senior administration officials keep emphasizing that Harris isn’t in charge of the administration’s overall immigration agenda or activity at the border, Symone Sanders, Harris’ senior advisor and chief spokesperson, told reporters Friday that the vice president received an “extensive briefing on the northern triangle and Latin America” and would be “speaking with leaders from the region in the near future.”

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Senior administration officials, including President Joe Biden and Harris, have yet to call the deteriorating situation a “crisis,” despite pressure for them to characterize it as such.

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“Of course, President Biden says we can’t call it a crisis. How about a category 5 hurricane?” Kennedy, who recently visited the southern border with 18 other U.S. Senators, told Renck of what he saw. “I’m not sure there are words in English.”

“It’s thousands and thousands of people flooding in,” he said.

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Among other things discussed during the interview, the Louisiana Republican said the United States needs to return to the immigration policies it had back in December, when Trump was still president. The senator pointed specifically to bringing back the “Remain in Mexico” policy for processing refugee applicants; finishing construction of Trump’s border wall, the funds for which Biden froze on his first day in the Oval Office; and ending to “catch-and-release”. He also said the U.S. shouldn’t give foreign aid to certain Central American countries, noting that they are run by authoritarian governments and are corrupt.

Watch the full Daily Caller interview with Sen. Kennedy here.

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You can follow Douglas Braff on Twitter @DouglasPBraff.

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AZ Rancher Has 2,400% Increase of Illegal Immigrants on Property

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A private property owner and rancher in Arizona is providing better insight into what is happening on the border with his own personal experience than the Biden administration. John Ladd’s ranch shares 10.5 miles of Mexico’s border. By 2019 he had an average of 12 illegal aliens crossing his land daily. He says Border Patrol was able to apprehend roughly half of them.

Ladd says unambiguously, the number of crossings rose right around the time Biden won the 2020 presidential election. And today, Ladd says about 300 individuals cross into his property, which sits between the US-Mexico border and Highway 92; a convenient route for smuggling.

The Border Patrol is only able to catch roughly 30 percent of the illegal immigrants, drug smugglers and human traffickers, on a “good day.”

Ladd told the Epoch Times in an interview in December, “I’m not going to say there’s no hope, but nothing is going to change as long as Biden is there and his administration is there…And what are we going to do? Let them pass?”

“These people cannot turn themselves in, they will be deported. These are the bad people. We’re dealing with the worst of the worst,” Cochise County Sheriff Mark Dannels said of those who cross in and near Ladd’s property.

The illegal immigrants coming through Ladd’s ranch aren’t seeking asylum: They’re mostly single young men dressed head-to-toe in camouflage and doing their best to avoid police forces and make it to Phoenix.

The Epoch Times reports:

Dannels’ border team has placed hundreds of trail cameras throughout the county since 2017 to detect illegal aliens, traffickers and smugglers.

“We put our cameras in areas where Border Patrol didn’t go,” he said. “We went to the river areas, we went into the mountainous areas, we went to the desert areas,” he said. The money for the cameras came from private donations—Dannels refuses to accept government money that comes with strings attached.

The highway that accompanies the border wall, lights, cameras, and sensors remain unfinished since January 2021, when President Joe Biden halted all border wall construction, in Cochise County, Arizona, on December 6, 2020. 2021. (Charlotte Cuthbertson/The Epoch Times)

The drugs keep coming, but the cartels are making endless amounts of money smuggling people, so they’ve added a lucrative new source of revenue.

Currently, Dannels’ cameras are detecting about 6,000 illegal aliens a month in the county, while the Border Patrol detects another 10,000.

Detective Jake Kartchner, who is part of the sheriff’s border team led by Sergeant Tim Williams, said each illegal alien must pay the Sinaloa cartel between $7,000 and $9,000 on average to cross the border.

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