On Tuesday, US Vice President Kamala Harris pledged to visit the southern border of the United States after criticism from Republican politicians in particular. “I have been there and will go again,” she said Tuesday, after meeting Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.
The Republicans criticized Harris for having visited the interior of Mexico and Guatemala during her first international visit as Vice President, rather than going to the border area. Harris did not explain when she last visited the border and when her next visit will be.
US President Joe Biden has asked Harris to tackle illegal immigration at the southern border of the United States. In this respect, the Vice-President says that he should focus on addressing the main causes of immigration.
Several Republicans called on the Vice President to go to the border for her first international journey to see the situation there with her own eyes. Illegal migration on the US southern border has recently reached the highest level in 20 years, and assistance would be urgently needed.
The Vice President defended her choice to go inland by saying that she wants to tackle the core of migration issues. “You can‘t say you care about the border if you don’t worry about the root causes,” said Harris.
On Tuesday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki stressed that it is Harris‘s job to focus on Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras. “Her job was to work with these countries and their leaders to address the root causes, address corruption, and of course we work together to discuss humanitarian concerns,” said Psaki at the White House. “We don’t take advice from former President Trump or most Republicans who criticize us.”