On ABC News on Sunday, Alaska Sen. Dan Sullivan said that President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris should go to the border between Texas and Mexico “to see what we saw.”
In response to a question from ABC’s Jon Karl, Sullivan said, “It’s heartbreaking, what you see. And it’s shocking. And what I’ve been calling for, in a respectful way, I try to work in a bipartisan way, is for the president, for the vice president to come down and to see what we saw, to hear what we heard from officials who are on the front lines. But I would disagree with Kate [White House Communications Director Kate Bedingfield] on a number of things. There is an open border policy. There is a catch and release policy. And these were changes that the Biden administration instituted.
“And here’s the thing, they were warned. We talked to the officials who briefed the Biden team during the transition. They were warned that if they undertook these major policy changes, getting rid of, for example, the remain in Mexico policy, and making sure that exceptions to Title 42 for families bringing 6-year-olds or under, and for unaccompanied minors, if they made those changes, which they did, that they would see this surge.
“So to me it was shocking. I think the president and the vice president need to go down there, see what I saw, see what the other Republicans and Democrat congressmen are coming down there. There are things that we can do immediately to address the challenges there. But right now it is open borders. It’s a humanitarian and also health crisis that we need to address.”