R&I NV — Rep. Henry Cuellar on Thursday urged President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris to visit the U.S. southern border, ramping up pressure on the White House as Harris continues to face bipartisan criticism for remarks made in Guatemala on her first foreign trip.
Cuellar (D-Texas) — a centrist within his party who is outspoken on issues related to immigration and the U.S.-Mexico border — told MSNBC that Biden and Harris should “come in and, with all due respect, not do a staged visit.”
Instead, they should “sit down” with local law enforcement, elected officials and business leaders to better understand the influx of Central American migrants seeking to enter the U.S. through Mexico, Cuellar said.
“Somebody needs to listen to our local communities,” he added. “With all due respect, just coming and doing a staged visit is not enough. They have to understand.”
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Cuellar’s invitation.