(CNSNews.com) – Rep. Juan Ciscomani (R-Ariz.) said Sunday that what stood out to him from President Biden’s speech on the southern border last week was him praising Vice President Kamala Harris’ “good work on the border.”
“Well, I’ll tell you what, from Arizona’s perspective this has been, needed to be done a long time ago, and what really stood out to me in that conversation and that speech by Joe Biden, the president, was obviously that he praised the vice president about her good work on the border,” he told Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures.”
“I don’t know what vice president he was looking at, but I can tell you that there is nothing to be proud about in what’s been happening at the border – certainly not the overdose deaths in fentanyl,” the congressman said.
“That is the number one leading cause of deaths among young people in southern Arizona and Arizona overall – certainly not the 800 migrants that have died in the desert trying to cross because of an open border,” Ciscomani said.
“There’s really nothing to be proud about, in my view, and that’s what the president said and praised? He just shows that he’s completely out of touch on issue, and that’s why I’m glad the House has been on the Republican side now, and we’re going to have some very needed oversight on this issue,” he said.
On gotaways, the congressman said, “I live in Tucson. That’s the biggest city in my district, and we definitely are seeing the gotaways go all over the country, honestly. This is no longer a border state issue. This is every state has become a border state at this point, because people are going to every single part of our country.
“So it’s an issue that every single community is feeling in different ways, but it’s certainly out of control. It’s been out of control, and we’ve been saying this for a long time, and Secretary Mayorkas has failed at his job utterly, and is we need to have some real accountability on this issue,” Ciscomani said.
The congressman talked about how proud he is of his Mexican heritage and being sworn in as a U.S. congressman 16 years after taking the oath of citizenship.
I was born in Mexico, and I became the first Mexican immigrant here in Arizona to win a congressional seat. You know, I was remembering a conversation I had with my dad right before the campaign, and he asked me where else could we have our story? We come to the country. We immersed in the culture. We learn English. He said, I drive a bus my whole life.
My dad said, we become U.S. citizens, and now my son has a shot at becoming a member of the United States Congress.
Where else in the world could that be, and the answer’s nowhere else, so I’ve been a big proponent and defender of the American dream through my campaign, and the reality is when I was in D.C. here for swearing in, I remember that the first oath I took to the Constitution was to become a U.S. citizen, and the second oath that I took 16 years later was to become a U.S. member of the United States Congress.
So this is kind of opportunity this country offers, and we need to fight for that American dream for everyone that wants a shot at it, and part of that is, of course, the rule of law and keeping opportunity alive for everyone.
When asked whether he wants to see DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas impeached for dereliction of duty, Ciscomani said, “Well, as I said in the previous segment, Alejandro Mayorkas has ultimate — utterly failed at his job. He’s been asleep at the wheel and has not been held accountable, and that is a big, big problem. Now that the House is on the Republican side, we are going to hold him accountable, ask the right questions, and I gotta tell you, he has to go. He has failed and he needs to go.”
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