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As Border Crisis Worsens, Dem Senators Begin to Turn on Biden

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Over the last several days, three Democratic senators have criticized the Biden administration’s failure to respond to the border crisis.

Following President Joe Biden’s address to Congress on Wednesday, Arizona Sen. Mark Kelly posted a statement to his website that read in part, “While I share President Biden’s urgency in fixing our broken immigration system, what I didn’t hear tonight was a plan to address the immediate crisis at the border, and I will continue holding this administration accountable to deliver the resources and staffing necessary for a humane, orderly process as we work to improve border security, support local economies, and fix our immigration system.”

In a statement to Fox News following Biden’s speech, Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema’s office wrote, “Sen. Sinema has been clear that she – along with Sen. Kelly – wants to see more action from the administration to address the border crisis and support Arizona border communities. She’s spoken directly with administration officials on this.”

Kelly and Sinema represent a state that’s been battered by the illegal immigration crisis, so their turning on Biden on the issue is understandable.

However, other Democrats are also acknowledging the administration needs to improve its response.

Even Democratic Sen. Mazie Hirono of Hawaii was forced to admit that Vice President Kamala Harris — whom Biden has tasked with leading the White House response to the border crisis — needs to do more. In the six weeks since Biden tapped Harris for the job, the vice president has failed to even visit the border to see the conditions first-hand. The only evidence she plans to take any action at all is a scheduled trip to Guatemala in June.

During an interview on PBS News’ “Firing Line” on Friday, host Margaret Hoover asked Hirono (whom Hoover called a “trailblazing lawmaker”), if she would urge Harris to visit the border.

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