Harris in pressure to go to US-Mexico border

June 09, 2021 World
Vice-President Kamala Harris possesses faced pressure to go to the US-Mexico border, as she tackled a record migration spike on her first official foreign trip.

Ms Harris had a testy exchange with a good journalist who asked as to why she had not attended the US southern boundary.

Members of Ms Harris's own Democratic get together in the mean time assailed her after she warned against against the law immigration.

On a visit to Mexico on Tuesday, she said Washington aimed to improve economic development in your community.

She and Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said it was in the interests of both countries to handle the root factors behind migration.

About 178,000 undocumented migrants attained the US southern border this April, the highest total in more than two decades.

The vice-president's staff primarily said the border was part of Ms Harris's portfolio when US President Joe Biden assigned her in March to stem migration from Latin America. But aides have been recently seeking to distance her from the politically toxic crisis.

While recent consumer polling suggests a generally favorable viewpoint of the Biden administration's plans on the market and pandemic, its handling of the immigration crisis has verified less popular.

Asked within an interview with NBC Media aired on Tuesday early morning whether she had virtually any plans to visit the border, Ms Harris threw up her hands and responded: "At some time. You know... we are going to the border. We have been to the border."

When the host pointed out that she had not herself visited the region, she said with a laugh: "And I haven't been to Europe. I hardly understand the idea you're making."

Ms Harris again brushed off questions about why she had not gone to the border seeing that she spoke to reporters on Tuesday found in Mexico.

"It might be very simple to say," she explained, "we'll happen to be one place and for that reason it's solved. I don't believe anybody thinks that that would be the solution."

Pressed on why she would not go to the border, Ms Harris explained she had done therefore when she was a senator for California.

Ms Harris's remarks came by the end of a two-day check out to Guatemala and Mexico, where she met both countries' leaders in a good bid to bolster diplomatic ties and support stem undocumented migration to the US.

Capping off her trip on Tuesday, Ms Harris met President López Obrador privately meant for more than an hour, said the vice-president's aides.

It really is unclear whether she pushed Mexico's president to do more to detain migrants en route to the US. Mr López Obrador, a left-wing head, provides previously blamed the Biden administration for triggering the record surge in undocumented migration.

An aide to Ms Harris down the road said she had pledged $130m (£92m) in US aid to support Mexican workers' rights. She's already promised $310m to ease the effects of the pandemic and hurricanes this past year in Central America.

Back at the White House daily briefing in Tuesday, Biden spokeswoman Jen Psaki was first asked as to why Ms Harris hadn't visited the US-Mexico boundary.

"I wonder that at some time she may visit the border," Ms Psaki said. "We'll see."

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