On Wednesday, June 23, former President Donald Trump announced that he will travel to the southern border to learn first-hand about the seriousness of the immigration crisis. However, minutes after the announcement, Vice President Kamala Harris finally announced that she will also travel to see the situation firsthand.
Harris served more than 90 days as “border czar” and until yesterday (Tuesday, June 22) she limited herself to saying that he would “soon” go to the border. But Trump’s announcement made her accelerate the “plans.”
Although for months Harris said it was not necessary to go to the border because her duties were diplomatic, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said that the vice president will travel this Friday, June 25, to El Paso (Texas) along with DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.
Harris’ unexpected trip comes just before Trump’s visit, who is expected to arrive in Texas next week.
For his part, the Republican referred to the White House announcement and stressed in a statement that Harris would never have agreed to go if he had not planned his own trip.
Kamala Harris evaded her trip to the southern border
Harris has insisted for months that her role in responding to immigration is not about the border per se, but is focused on diplomatic efforts aimed at ending the “root causes” of migration from Central America.
In addition, the Democrat traveled in early June to Guatemala and Mexico on her first official foreign policy trip. Harris faced widespread criticism from both Republicans and some Democrats for failing to take comprehensive action to address the immigration crisis.
According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), more than 180,000 apprehensions were reported in May, a record number within the monthly detention study framework.