The Border Patrol agents’ union president said Saturday that Vice President Kamala Harris is actively avoiding a visit to the southern border because she knows she can’t fix the crisis.
‘If she goes to the U.S. border, people are going to expect her to fix the problem, so she avoids it,’ Brandon Judd told ‘Fox News Live’.
‘That’s disgusting,’ he continued, ‘because that’s putting politics ahead of what’s best for this country.’
Judd leads the National Border Patrol Council union, which has 18,000 members.
The White House named Harris border ‘czar’ in March, and in her almost full month in that post she has done nothing to directly address the growing crisis at the border. Neither Harris nor Biden have visited the border, talked with immigration and border officials and agents about the issue, or held any press conference related to the crisis.
Judd said it’s a president and vice president’s responsibility to view the crisis first-hand.
The continued criticism of the vice president comes as President Joe Biden finally called the border situation a ‘crisis’ after a round of golf on Saturday.
The Border Patrol agents’ union president Brandon Judd said Saturday that Kamala Harris is actively avoiding a visit to the southern border. ‘If she goes to the U.S. border, people are going to expect her to fix the problem, so she avoids it. That’s disgusting, because that’s putting politics ahead of what’s best for this country’
Harris was named border czar last month, but has not yet visited the border
He reiterated to reporters while coming off the course in Wilmington, Delaware that his administration is committed to raising the refugee cap.
He said those who would address that issue were busy ‘working on the crisis that ended up on the border with young people’ instead.
‘We couldn’t do two things at once,’ Biden insisted. ‘And now we are going to increase the number.’
Biden and top White House officials have refused to call the mass migration and overflowing border facilities a ‘crisis,’ instead dubbing it a ‘problem’ and a series of other synonyms.
The president hit the links Saturday at the Wilmington Country Club – just a 10-minute drive from his Greenville home. It was the first time he played golf since taking office.
Joining Biden for the round in a mostly sunny Delaware was Ron Olivere, the late Beau Biden’s father-in-law, and Counselor to the President Steve Ricchetti.
Some Republicans are questioning Biden’s decision to play golf while still refusing to visit the southern border in the midst of the prevailing migration crisis.
President Joe Biden hit the links on Saturday at the Wilmington Country Club for the first time since taking office
Some Republicans are questioning Biden’s decision to play golf while still refusing to visit the southern border
The latest numbers show more than 21,000 unaccompanied minors are in U.S. custody
Biden rides a golf cart with his guest following a round of golf at Wilmington Country Club on Saturday
Late Beau Biden’s father-in-law Ron Olivere joined Biden for golf during his Delaware trip
Several GOP lawmakers traveled to the southern border over the last few weeks and toured holding and processing facilities. They shared pictures of unaccompanied minors being held in see-through pens where they are crammed together on the floor and given mylar blankets.
Harris revealed to reporters Wednesday she is planning a trip soon to Guatemala and Mexico, but said she won’t be stopping at the border along the way.
The vice president said she has no plans to tour the overcrowded Texas migrant camps and the wall because Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas is ‘responsible’ for the border.
She then held a Zoom meeting with ‘experts’ on northern triangle countries in her first intervention into the migrant crisis – 21 days after the White House put her in charge of the response to the migration crisis.
Republicans called the decision to forego a border visit ‘despicable’, claiming Harris is directly responsible for the horrific conditions faced by thousands of migrant children.
‘The President has asked Secretary Mayorkas to address what is going on at the border,’ she clarified to the press before kicking off the closed-door meeting. ‘I have been asked to address the root causes.’
The most recent numbers show there are more than 21,000 unaccompanied minor migrants in federal government custody at various facilities along the border.
‘Shame on them,’ Republican House Whip Steve Scalise told DailyMail.com in reference to Biden and Harris, whose priorities appear to be anywhere other than the U.S.-Mexico border.
While coming off the golf course on Saturday afternoon, Biden jokingly told reporters, ‘The course record is still in tact.’
Donald Trump was often berated for spending most weekends as president at one of his various golf clubs. In his first 100 days, he golfed 19 times, compared to Biden’s so-far count of one on Day 87.
The former president is also golfing Saturday with his 15-year-old son Barron at his West Palm Beach golf club.
A Golf News Net tally indicates from January 20, 2017 through December 30, 2020, Trump played golf 308 times – either at one of his own grounds or at a course elsewhere.
In his first year as president, Trump fell just shy of 100 visits to a golf course.
Biden loves golf, but this is his first ever time hitting the links as president almost three months into his presidency.
According to former Republican House Speaker John Boehner’s recent book, Biden claimed during a 2011 game to have only a seven handicap. He has been previously ranked as one of the best golfers in Washington.
According to a Golf Digest article from 2015, Biden had a 6.3 handicap at the time.
He only had two guests with him, which included the father of his son Beau’s widow.
Biden’s motorcade arrived at Wilmington Country Club on Saturday, April 17, 2021
At the same time Biden played a round in Delaware on Saturday, 15-year-old Barron Trump joined his father, former President Donald Trump, on the golf course in Palm Beach, Florida
Hallie Biden, Olivere’s daughter, was married to Beau from 2002 until his death in 2015. They had two children together, Robert Biden II, 15, and Natalie Biden, 16.
The president’s embattled son Hunter began dating Hallie in 2016 – but the relationship ended by 2019.
Recently some details of their relationship emerged, including that Hallie once found Hunter’s gun and dumped it in the trash of a high-end Delaware grocery store to stop him shooting himself.
Biden’s game comes the day after he congratulated Hideki Matsuyama for winning The Masters and called him a ‘Japanese boy’ during his press conference with Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga.
‘I know how proud you are of the people of Japan ,’ Biden tells the Japanese prime minister, ‘and you’ve got a Japanese boy coming over here, and guess what, he won the Masters,’ he said during the first visit by a foreign leader to the White House .
Matsuyama, 29, made history last weekend when he became the first Japanese-born male player to win a Major and the coveted Green Jacket at Augusta.
Biden’s comment was a throwaway line at the end of his opening statement where he talked about the U.S. and Japan’s strong relationship.
This is how it’s done, dad! Barron Trump, 15, joins Donald on the golf course in Palm Beach
Barron Trump joined Donald on the golf course in Palm Beach on Saturday and wasted no time in showing off his swing.
The 15-year-old was seen playing with his father and a handful of other men, and one woman, at Trump International Golf Club near Mar-a-Lago in West Palm Beach.
Barron, like his father, wore a white polo shirt for the outing but was one of the only people in the group not wearing a Trump-branded hat.
Former President Donald wore his signature red MAGA cap and black pants. He appeared to be in a jovial mood and was chatting to the other golfers on the course in between shots.
The family has been keeping somewhat of a low profile in Florida since Trump left office in January.
He is banned from Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, and can now only communicate with fans through statements emailed out from his office.
The teenager seemed very much focused on his game. It is one of the first times he has been seen since his father left office
Trump chatted happily with other golfers on the course. His caddy was wearing a TRUMP hat
He is now using the slogan Save America, and has begun endorsing Republicans like his former press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who is running for governor in Arkansas.
Melania Trump has rarely been seen since she fled for Florida. She is no longer active on social media.
Trump’s older children are far more visible. Ivanka is regularly spotted in Miami, where she now lives with her husband Jared Kushner and their three kids.
Donald Trump Jr. is as pugnacious as ever, fighting his father’s corner on social media and crusading against the liberal left.
Eric Trump has taken a backseat to his wife Lara, who now has a role on FOX News and her own Facebook show.
Tiffany Trump is believed to be in Florida with her new fiance, Michael Boulus.
Trump has kept somewhat of a low profile since he left office in January. He has been banned from social media platforms
Former President Donald Trump on the golf course near Mar-a-Lago in West Palm Beach on Saturday
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