Kamala Harris to visit U.S.-Mexico border, assess migration

James Marshall
June 24, 2021

When asked what Harris will be doing at the border, Psaki said, "I'm sure they will have more details to share with you, I just don't have any more to share with you at this particular moment".

Politico reported the vice president will be joined by Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas as they travel to El Paso, Texas on Friday.

Earlier this month Harris visited Mexico and Guatemala as part of her job addressing the "root causes" of immigration.

The sites Harris will visit have not been outlined.

The visit comes as Harris has faced months of attacks from Republicans, and even some frustration from those in her own party, for declining to visit the area. She shifted her messaging in early June, saying she'd make the trip "at some point".

Trump is set to visit the border with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott next week.

They discussed an NBC interview where Harris, Psaki said, noted that she would be "open to going to the border at an appropriate time".

Earlier this month, she made her first trip overseas as vice-president - travelling to Mexico and Guatemala to hold talks about the migration crisis with the leaders of those two countries. A record 178,000 undocumented migrants are said to have crossed over from the United States southern border this April, the highest total in more than two decades.

In March, Harris laughed when a reporter asked if she planned to visit the border. "Is there still more work to do?"

"As part of her assignment", Psaki said, Harris "has also hosted a number of bilateral engagements".

Trump released a statement taking credit for the trip.

Biden, a Democrat, has moved to reverse numerous restrictive immigration policies of Trump, a Republican he defeated in a November election. Droves of young migrants without responsible adults arrived there and were welcomed despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

"In April there were 22,000 kids in HHS facilities, and now there are 14,000". Illegal border crossings hit 180,034 in May, with 51,000 others avoiding capture. Critics across the political spectrum said her remarks had contradicted the Biden administration's promise to usher in a more humane approach on migration.

"We have a strategy, we are executing on our strategy, I have confidence in our strategy", Mayorkas told members of Congress during a recent hearing.

"And I will continue to be focused on that kind of work, as opposed to grand gestures", Harris said in Guatemala City.

"We made an assessment within our government about when it was an appropriate time for her to go to the border", Psaki said. Roger Marshall (R-Kan.) said in a statement.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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