Vice President kamala harris will be far south of the U.S. border this week when she travels to Guatemala and Mexico to discuss efforts to address the root causes of Central American migrants coming to the USA.

For months, Republican lawmakers on Capitol Hill have called on Harris and President Joe Biden to visit areas along the U.S-mexican border, where they say an increase of migrants has developed into a crisis. Members of the House and Senate have flown into border towns, toured intake facilities and taken boat rides on the Rio Grande. Their message to Harris and Biden: Come see it for yourself.

In the Rio Grande Valley, the southern tip of Texas where many migrants come, it’s debatable whether a visit from Harris or Biden is necessary. Instead, officials said, they want the Biden administration to make border cities and their leaders a larger part in conversations about finding solutions, and they want Congress to pass immigration legislation.

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