Kamala Harris Visits The U.S. Mexico Border Says ‘Not My First Trip, Been To The Border Many Times’
Following Vice President Joe Biden’s decision to put her in charge of the border crisis response three months ago, Vice President Kamala Harris visited the US-Mexico southern border on Friday, after months of criticism for not visiting the location.
“I’m glad to be here. It was always the plan to come here, and I think we’re gonna have a good productive day,” Harris told reporters after landing in El Paso.
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Fox News reporter Peter Doocy also questioned her about why she chose now to make her first trip to the border.
“It’s not my first trip, I’ve been to the border many times,” she responded, per Fox News.
“Her schedule included a tour of a Customs and Border Protection processing center and talks with advocates from faith-based organizations as well as shelter and legal service providers. She also planned to deliver remarks,” The Associated Press reported.
.@VP Kamala Harris at the U.S.-Mexico border: "I'm glad to be here — it was always the plan to come here." pic.twitter.com/qDxDKPEaAE
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Members from both political parties have criticised Harris for avoiding to go to the border and appearing to laugh by the situation when questioned about her planning to go.
During an interview with NBC’s Lester Holt earlier this month, Harris emphasized that she had not gone to the border, adding, “and I haven’t been to Europe.”
Former President Donald Trump’s declaration that he would visit the border next week has been seen by some as a trigger for Vice President Harris’s decision to make her own trip.
In a statement, Trump stated, “I have accepted the invitation of Texas Governor Greg Abbott to join him on an official visit to our Nation’s decimated Southern Border on Wednesday, June 30, 2021. The Biden Administration inherited from me the strongest, safest, and most secure border in U.S. history and in mere weeks they turned it into the single worst border crisis in U.S. history. It’s an unmitigated disaster zone.”
Some others have called out Harris for landing in El Paso rather than the Rio Grande Valley.
“Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX), whose district is in the Rio Grande Valley Sector, told Fox News this week that Harris’ trip was a politically safe trip,” Daily Wire reported.
When asked why the Biden administration took so long to visit the border, Cuellar replied, “I have no idea,” adding, “but I’m sure her planners told her that if you’re going to go down to the border, go to a, something that’s safer to go to that is politically safer. If you go down to the lower Rio Grande with the high activity and you’re there with kids and families, prosecutorial discretion, where people are being released, high numbers of people crossing the border, you know, politically that’s — it’s harder to do that, I know that.”
Cuellar said, “I mean, that’s part of my district, but you got to do what you got to do. You just can’t, you know, just go to one place, but she does do the ‘check the box and go down to the border’ by going to El Paso.”
Although some have seen spikes in illegal immigration at the start of a new administration, the situation on the southern border has significantly worsened since President Joe Biden entered office.
The Daily Wire reported, “U.S. law enforcement officials apprehended more illegal aliens trying to enter the U.S. than in any other month on record at the Department of Homeland Security, which was founded in 2002.”
“In May 2021, CBP encountered 180,034 persons attempting entry along the Southwest Border. Single adults continue to make up the majority of these encounters,” according to a statement from US Customs and Border Protection.
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