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Vice President Kamala Harris will be visiting El Paso on Friday, June 25th, as part of her investigation into the current surge of migrants coming into the United States.
The visit was confirmed by Harris’ Senior Advisor and Chief Spokesperson Symone Sanders Wednesday morning, via a brief statement (see below)
The initial announcement of the visit, published in Politico Wednesday morning, came after weeks of requests from lawmakers for the Vice President to visit the border.
The Vice President was tasked earlier this year by President Joe Biden to examine the causes of the migrant surge at the border, and has made trips to both Mexico and Guatemala as part of her investigation into the root causes for the migration.
Earlier this week, Governor Greg Abbott announced he would be touring the border as well, along with Former President Donald Trump and a group of Republican lawmakers. That announcement came on the heels of Abbott’s announcement of his intentions to build a border wall.
Sources say that Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas will join Vice President Harris on the visit to the border, somewhere in the El Paso area.
Cornyn: VP Harris’ Border Trip ‘100 Days Late and a Thousand Miles Short’
WASHINGTON – Today on the floor, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) discussed Vice President Harris’ upcoming trip to the U.S.-Mexico border and her decision to visit El Paso instead of the epicenter of the border crisis in the RGV sector, about a thousand miles away.
Excerpts of Sen. Cornyn’s remarks are below, and video can be found here.
“In the absence of any action from the Administration – in fact, any acknowledgement of the crisis at all – the humanitarian crisis has gotten nothing but worse.”
“She will be more than a thousand miles away, down the border from the Border Patrol sector experiencing the worst of this crisis.”
“Since October, the Rio Grande Valley Sector has encountered nearly three times as many unaccompanied children as the El Paso Sector and more than seven times more family units. The situation along the entirety of the U.S. border is challenging, to be sure, and El Paso has suffered during the crisis too, no doubt.”
“Law enforcement, non-governmental organizations, and community leaders in every border sector are struggling to manage the massive surge of migrants. When asked why she hadn’t visited the border yet, the Vice President said she wasn’t interested in grand gestures, yet here she is planning a trip in a way that reflects, again, she doesn’t really fully comprehend the magnitude of the crisis and where it really exists on steroids, which is the Rio Grande Valley.”
“She is nearly 100 days late and a thousand miles short. By ignoring the Rio Grande Valley, the busiest Border Patrol sector along the U.S. Texas-Mexico border, the Vice President is shifting the focus away from the most serious problems of the crisis.”
Congressman Tony Gonzales Issues Statement on Vice President Harris Trip To Border
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Tony Gonzales (TX-23) on Wednesday issued the following statement after Vice President Kamala Harris announced she would be going to the El Paso sector of the southern border.
Congressman Gonzales’ district encompasses over 820 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border, over 40 percent of the total southern border.
“I have been urging the Vice President for months to come to my district to see the border crisis firsthand,” said Congressman Gonzales. “Three months overdue, but here’s what she will see: Record number of apprehensions, counties pleading for more body bags, rising crime in our communities, and border patrol agents stretched to a breaking point. We need the Administration to finally take this seriously, and I will continue to urge them to come to the table and support any efforts to secure our border. Each day they refuse to act, migrants are dying on this dangerous trek.”