Sen. Bill Hagerty, R-Tenn., says that Vice President Kamala Harris’ long-awaited trip to Texas is a sign that the Biden administration is reacting to a “backlash of public opinion” due to its handling of the crisis at the southern border — as he accused the government of “window dressing” a strategy of acceleration of illegal immigrants into the U.S.
“What they’re doing is listening to the polls and the polls are hammering them,” Hagerty told Fox News in an interview on Friday.
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“I do think the Biden administration, for all the left-wing tendencies and the fact they’re allowing the left-wing of the party to pull them in a violently left-wing direction, they’re facing the reality of the American public and American sentiment, and it is so strong against the collapse of the border that they have precipitated, so that I think this indicates to me they are being faced with the inevitable backlash of public opinion and so it’s pushing them in the direction where they should address it,” he said.
Hagerty spoke as Harris was visiting El Paso, Texas, nearly 100 days after being appointed to tackle the “root causes” of the crisis in Central America, like poverty, violence and climate change. She had previously visited both Guatemala and Mexico as part of that effort, where she met with leaders and unveiled a series of measures designed to tackle the root causes.
As part of her visit, she hailed what she said was the “extreme progress” the administration has made.
“I commend all of them for their success they have seen thus far, I call it progress, we’re not exactly where we want to be yet, but we’ve seen extreme progress over these last few months because of his dedication and his efforts,” she said.
The U.S. has seen a dramatic increase in migration, including of attempted entry by criminal illegal immigration, as well as fentanyl trafficking across the southern border in recent months. There has been little sign of that slowing down so far.
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While the Biden administration has emphasized the root causes explanation, critics have pointed instead
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