Kamala Harris Rushes To Border After Trump Announces Visit

Kamala Harris Rushes To Border After Trump Announces Visit

"This trip on Friday, which is being done in coordination with Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas, of course, joining her on this trip, and the planning and timing of it is done in coordination with them - as a coordinated effort with her office and DHS", Psaki said, adding that her work is continuing to "address root causes" and "work in coordination" with the federal government to "get this under control".

Harris told Univision in an interview earlier this month that she planned to visit the border but declined to give a date when asked.

Harris' spokeswoman, Symone Sanders, said in a statement that the visit was part of Harris' "ongoing work" in addressing "the root causes of migration from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras".

Harris has not been to the border since becoming vice president and has repeatedly laughed when asked when she would visit.

U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris will visit the U.S. -Mexico border on Friday for the first time since taking a lead role in immigration issues, her office said, bowing to pressure that she make the high-profile trip.

U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris gestures as she delivers remarks on child tax credits at Brookline Memorial Recreation Center, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S., June 21, 2021. Harris had said she would do so eventually.

That time has arrived because the number of immigrant children in USA government custody has declined from levels that saw facilities both on and off the border overcrowded, Psaki added. "If Governor Abbott and I weren't going there next week, she would have never gone!"

On her visit to Guatemala and Mexico this month, she urged Central Americans not to try to reach the US border. And what does a former Afghan president have to say?

US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said it caught 180,034 migrants in May, the biggest monthly total since April 2000, and up slightly from the previous two months.

The U.S. has also seen a record number of unaccompanied children taken into custody under the Biden administration. Some Democrats who represent border districts have joined Republicans in criticizing the Biden administration's handling of the situation. During a press conference with the Guatemalan president earlier this month, Harris dismissed the criticism, saying her visit to the region was focused on finding ways to address irregular migration in a way "that is significant, is tangible and has real results".

But by the end of the trip, after repeated criticism for her answer to questions around her visiting the border, Harris had pledged to visit the border soon.

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