Without Visiting The Border, Harris Off To Guatemala, Mexico Amid Criticism Over Border Crisis
Vice President Kamala Harris, who has been appointed by President Joe Biden as the point person to address the crisis at the US-Mexico border, said she will be traveling to Mexico and Guatemala to look into the “root causes” of the immigration surge at the southern border which the current Democratic administration is struggling to handle.
“The president has asked Secretary [Alejandro] Mayorkas to address what is going on the border and he has been working very hard on that and is showing some progress because of his hard work,” the VP told a Northern Triangle security roundtable.
“I have been asked to lead the issue of dealing with root causes in the Northern Triangle, similar to what the then-Vice President did many years ago,” she added, although insisting that there are “issues that aren’t going to be addressed overnight.”
"These are issues that are not going to be addressed overnight…our focus is to deal with the root causes," Vice Pres. Harris says about migrant surge at the border, adding she plans to travel to Mexico and Guatemala. https://t.co/Wpn0Nh7Apr pic.twitter.com/HgDuvdD8kC
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) April 14, 2021
However, as she announced her travel plans outside the country, Harris still has yet to visit the southern border to assess in person the situation at the ground zero of the crisis — despite the intense backlash for her alleged inaction following her new role.
“Our focus is to deal with the root causes, and I’m looking forward to traveling, hopefully as my first trip to the Northern Triangle stopping in Mexico and then going to Guatemala sometime soon,” Harris said.
This is not the first time that Biden’s second in command appeared to refuse suggestions that she visit the southern border to be able to understand the situation and be able to handle the historic number of migrants seeking asylum.
Border crossings in March jumped to highest level in 15 years, data shows https://t.co/gNKhVgC1vr
— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) April 3, 2021
Harris said then that she plans to use “diplomacy” to handle the border crisis which involves over 172,000 border crossers and at nearly 19,000 unaccompanied minors in March alone — which was the largest monthly number ever recorded.
The Biden administration has been struggling to handle the unprecedented surge in migrants at the border, which some critics say is fueled by the Democratic administration’s immigration more relaxed border policies.
While the White House continues to downplay the situation, it has also refused to call the situation a “crisis” — saying that despite record-breaking numbers of illegal immigrants and unaccompanied children seeking to enter the country, the influx is just a “challenge.”
The incumbent Biden administration has also insisted on blaming the Trump government for the crisis.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, for example, falsely claimed that the country was under a “very bad situation under the Trump administration.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi bashes Republicans for blaming the spread of COVID on migrants:
"The loss of so many lives comes to the fact that one year ago the President of the United States called [COVID] a hoax." pic.twitter.com/c6i0BeyvFu
— The Recount (@therecount) April 7, 2021
Meanwhile, critics tagged Harris as “Missing at the Border” — after repeatedly avoiding visiting the southern border. Since being named the border czar, Harris was also blasted by the media for taking so long to conduct her own press conference on the issue.
House Republicans display Kamala Harris milk carton at news conference: ‘Missing at the border’ https://t.co/K3P9oHOZkU
— Fox News (@FoxNews) April 14, 2021
Earlier, Gov. Greg Abbott (Texas) called on Biden to “shut down some facilities over reports of child abuse taking place there. Abbott noted that this included allegations of sexual assault, a failure to separate children infected with Covid-19 from others, children not eating, and an insufficient number of staffers.”
President Trump has earlier blasted the Biden administration saying recently that the crisis occurred despite the new Democratic leadership being handed ‘the most secure border in history’ from his administration.
“All they had to do was keep this smooth-running system on autopilot. Instead, in the span of just a few weeks, the Biden Administration has turned a national triumph into a national disaster. They are in way over their heads and taking on water fast,” Trump has said.
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