John Cornyn Asks 'Where Is Kamala' As 246 Migrants Are Apprehended in Rio Grande Valley

Texas Senator John Cornyn has once again taken aim at Vice President Kamala Harris after 246 migrants were apprehended by border agents while attempting to reach the U.S. from Mexico.

On Monday evening, Chief Patrol Agent Brian Hastings of the Rio Grande Valley sector (RGV) tweeted that the second largest group of migrants this fiscal year had been apprehended by border agents in the area.

"A group of 246 migrants were apprehended in Hidalgo, TX. This group included 189 family members, 48 unaccompanied children, & 9 single adults. This is the 2nd largest group encountered in the #RGV FYTD," Hastings wrote.

Replying to this tweet on Monday evening, Cornyn, a prominent Republican senator from Texas, wrote: "Where is Kamala?" in what was his latest dig at the vice president over the U.S./Mexico border.

Where is Kamala?

— Senator John Cornyn (@JohnCornyn) June 29, 2021

Vice President Kamala Harris and Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas made a long-awaited trip to El Paso at the southern border on Friday.

The trip came after months of Conservatives calling for Harris to visit the border patrol facilities that have become overwhelmed by the number of unaccompanied migrant youths attempting to reach the U.S.

The trip to El Paso drew backlash from both sides of the aisle as critics felt that Harris should have visited the lower RGV where the majority of migrants have attempted to cross the border in recent months.

In May, RGV saw more than double the number of migrant encounters as El Paso did, with over 50,000 compared with 22,000, according to the latest figures from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

RVG has accounted for around 30 percent of border encounters since October 2020, while El Paso has seen the fourth most with 13 percent, behind Tucson and Del Rio.

Cornyn, alongside fellow Texas Senator Ted Cruz, has led the calls for Harris and President Joe Biden to visit the border and has made several public appearances alongside other GOP officials to highlight what they believe to be a crisis.

Ahead of Harris' visit to Texas last week, Cornyn spoke about the border on the House floor and claimed that the vice president was visiting it "100 days late and a thousand miles short."

"By ignoring the Rio Grande Valley, the busiest Border Patrol sector along the U.S. Texas-Mexico border, the vice president is shifting the focus away from the most serious problems of the crisis," Cornyn said.

"She doesn't really fully comprehend the magnitude of the crisis and where it really exists on steroids, which is the Rio Grande Valley."

Following criticism for the visit on Friday, Mayorkas defended Harris, telling CBS News on Monday that it was his "recommendation to visit El Paso."

"El Paso is actually one of the busiest of the nine sectors across the southwest border and it also provides the opportunity to see the full expanse of our work," Mayorkas said.

"Not only [is there] a central processing center, where we encounter migrants, bring them to shelter for transfer to Health and Human Services, but we also were able to visit the port, where we propel lawful trade and travel through that port of entry."

Newsweek has contacted Cornyn and Harris for comment.

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Texas Senator John Cornyn (left) asks a question of U.S. Trade Representative Katherine C. Tai as she testifies before the Senate Finance Committee on Capitol Hill May 12, 2021. Vice President Kamala Harris (right) speaks while meeting with Democratic members of the Texas Legislature in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on June 16, 2021. Getty Images/Susan Walsh-Pool left) and Drew Angerer (right