The vice president has been criticized for not actually visiting the border, since President Biden appointed Harris to lead efforts to tackle and stem the flow of migrants across the Mexican border.
For months, she was criticized by Republicans, but also faced frustration from members of her own party, the news agency wrote. AP.
This weekend, Harris will finally visit a border region, specifically El Paso, Texas, with Interior Secretary Alejandro Mallorcas.
But it so happened that former President Donald Trump will also visit the border soon, along with Texas Governor Greg Abbott and several House Republicans.
And they think it’s an advantage for Harris to suddenly visit the border.
Trump confirmed last week that he had approved the border visit at the invitation of Abbott. It will be held on June 30.
“We have moved from border security that the entire world envy, to a lawless border that is now viewed with contempt across the world,” he said in a statement. Reuters.
Republicans criticized Biden for removing Trump’s immigration restrictions.
Five minutes after Harris’s office announced her visit, a statement was issued from Trump, New York Times White House correspondent Katie Rogers wrote. Trump wrote in an emailed statement to the press:
– It’s great that we finally got Kamala Harris to go see the massive destruction and death she caused.
to me Politico Trump also claims she “never travels if we don’t go there next week.”
“Suddenly, President Trump is heading to the border, and they’re thinking, ‘Damn, we have to do something,'” Senator and Republican Ted Cruz told Fox News.
The White House has not commented on whether the trip will coincide with Trump’s next week, he writes Watchman. Harris and her team have responded to criticism in the past, arguing that Harris is focusing more on addressing the destabilizing conditions that cause thousands of Central American migrants to travel to the border, Politico writes.
Punished by “AOC”
Hundreds of thousands of migrants, many of them fleeing poverty and violence in Central America, have sought in recent months to cross the US border from Mexico. This is a development the US government is trying to reverse. Earlier in June, Harris made state visits to Guatemala and Mexico.
During a joint press conference with Guatemalan President Alejandro Giamatti, she stressed that the Biden administration is committed to reducing the number of illegal immigrants from Central America.
It gave a clear message to potential immigrants not to go to the United States.
The United States will continue to enforce our laws and secure our borders. If you reach our borders, you will be rejected, said the vice president, who suggested that the two countries work together to find solutions to long-term problems.
The call not to travel to the United States prompted Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) to respond.
– That’s disappointing to see. First, seeking asylum at the US border is a 100% legal means of access. Second, for decades, the United States has contributed to regime change and destabilization in Latin America. “We can’t help setting someone’s house on fire and then blaming them for getting away,” she wrote on Twitter.
The AOC believes that the United States should recognize its role in this.