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Politico: Kamala Harris succumbed to Republican criticism by visiting the border with Mexico

Vice President Kamala Harris has repeatedly emphasized that her focus is on the "root causes" of immigration during her visit Friday to the US-Mexico border, an event that only took place after Republicans consistently criticized her for not making the trip earlier in her state, according to Politico. .

Harris, who has been tasked by President Joe Biden with diplomatic efforts to stem the flow of migrants arriving at the southern border, visited Guatemala and Mexico earlier this month. The US-Mexico border has recently seen an increase in arrivals, and Harris advised immigrants to "don't come" during a speech in Guatemala.

The vice president has come under fire from both Republicans and Democrats, with progressive Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez calling her stance on immigration "disappointing", and Republicans beginning to clamor that Harris hasn't gone to the border since being appointed in charge of immigration diplomacy efforts.

At the time, Harris said in an interview with Lester Holt "we went to the border" when he pressed her on the point, saying she hadn't gone to the border since becoming vice president. from the right.

On Wednesday, the vice president's office announced that she would be going to El Paso, a visit that some saw as succumbing to criticism by Harris. I traveled with Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mallorcas, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Dick Durbin (D-D), and Representative Veronica Escobar (D-Texas), representing El Paso.

Senator Ted Cruz, a Texas Republican who has criticized the Biden administration's handling of the border, said in a statement Friday that "if the Vice President comes to Texas without a concrete plan to secure our borders and unwilling to back down from her administration's failed immigration policies that caused the crisis, her visit is unavoidable." It's less than a photo visit."