PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - "An abysmal response." Those are words Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich had for the Biden administration about their border response.
He's calling on Vice President Kamala Harris to be replaced as the "border czar," claiming she's done nothing to help with the border crisis. But, not all officials agree there is a migrant crisis.
It's a call to action to the federal government from Arizona's top law official. "This is wrong, and if V.P. Harris is not going to come to the border or is not going to address this issue, then someone else needs to," Brnovich said.
Brnovich sent a letter to President Joe Biden Wednesday asking him to replace Harris as the "border czar," writing in his letter "to date her response to the border crisis has been absolutely abysmal" and that she's "failed to articulate any plan."
"I'm very frustrated with what's happening. We have seen just in the last several months about 450,000 people cross into our southern border illegally," the attorney general said. Brnovich said Arizona's border officials are overwhelmed and understaffed and said he personally invited the vice president to take a tour with him but never got a response back.
"I just was hoping that she would understand that as a former law enforcement official, as a former A.G., as a first-generation American like myself that she would be empathetic and understand the need to come down here and see for herself," Brnovich said.
Santa Cruz County Sheriff David Hathaway agrees that the vice president should come down and see what's going on but also has a very different opinion from the attorney general. "We don't have a migrant crisis here and I've forced myself to memorize the statistics because there's a lot of fuzzy math floating around," Hathaway said. He said Santa Cruz County is dealing with an economic crisis but not a migrant crisis and said numbers of illegal entries are no worse now than they've been in years past. But he did say he wouldn't mind seeing specific qualities in a new "border czar" if Biden does replace Harris.
"Maybe somebody that's familiar with the southwest border issues, maybe that's worked here or at least include them if you have an entourage to look into this," Hathaway said. Arizona's Family reached out to the White House to ask what their response is to this letter, but they said they won't be commenting on it.