President Biden elevated his relationship with embattled border czar Vice President Kamala Harris in a Twitter post on Monday, saying she is “the last voice in the room.”
”When I served as Vice President, I asked to be the last person with the President before big decisions were made — and @VP is providing the same counsel to me,” Biden said in the tweet.
“She’s the last voice in the room and never fails to speak the truth as we work to build our nation back better,” he added.
Harris is facing escalating criticism since Biden named her border czar for failing to visit the border or even hold a news conference to address the mounting crisis there.
Harris has been tasked with working on the “root causes” of the surge and will be involved in diplomacy with leaders in those countries.
Biden rolled back many of former President Donald Trump’s immigration policies, including the “Remain in Mexico” program and construction on the border wall, leading to an explosion in the number of illegal immigrants heading to the US.
According to Customs and Border Protection numbers, Border Patrol officials encountered 172,000 people trying to enter the US illegally on the board in March – a 71 percent increase over February.
The Border Patrol has already had more than 569,800 encounters this year, a 24 percent jump from the total encounters in fiscal year 2020 and a 34 percent increase from the same time frame during fiscal year 2019.
The federal agency also said agents encountered 18,890 unaccompanied children from Central America, doubling February’s number of 9,297 minors.