Vice President Kamala Harris on Tuesday said she will visit the U.S.-Mexico border but did not say when, as she completed a two-day trip to Guatemala and Mexico. “Yes, I will and I have before,” Harris in response to a question about whether she would visit the border.
“Listen, anybody, especially if you’re from California you know, I’ve spent a lot of time on the border both going there physically and aware of the issues.”
Harris was speaking at a media availability after meeting with Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador as part of the trip that had also seen her visit Guatemala on Monday.
Harris has faced constant criticism about her failure to go to the border since being appointed to lead diplomatic efforts to end the migration crisis in March, and she has been peppered with questions about visiting there on the trip.
The White House has emphasized the “root causes” of the crisis, like poverty, climate change and violence in Central America, and has said that Harris is not in charge of the border per se, but the diplomatic outreach to combat the root causes. But Republicans and former Trump officials have charged that to lead those talks, she needs to visit the border.