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Better Late Than Never? What’s Important to Know About VP Harris’s Trip to Mexican Border

© REUTERS / EDGARD GARRIDOA family of migrants cross the Rio Bravo river to turn themselves in to U.S Border Patrol agents to request for asylum in El Paso, Texas, U.S., as seen from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, March 30, 2021
A family of migrants cross the Rio Bravo river to turn themselves in to U.S Border Patrol agents to request for asylum in El Paso, Texas, U.S., as seen from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, March 30, 2021 - Sputnik International, 1920, 25.06.2021
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The Biden administration has struggled to stem the tide of would-be illegal immigrants trying to make their way into the United States via the southern frontier. Critics suggest the crisis was caused by the president’s decision to revoke a series of hardline immigration-related directives introduced by Donald Trump.

Kamala Harris is visiting the US-Mexican border in El Paso, Texas on Friday, touring a migrant processing center after months of attacks by Republicans over her alleged failure to show up. Sputnik has put together some quick facts to know about the trip:

  • The visit comes just over three months after President Joe Biden tapped Harris to tackle the growing migration crisis on 24 March.
  • A group of Republican lawmakers led by Texas Senator Ted Cruz beat Harris to the border by almost three months, touring the frontier and detention centers, and posting politically damaging videos of adults and minors being held in cramped facilities where sanitary and epidemiological rules were not being followed.
  • Former President Donald Trump was invited to visit the border by Texas Governor Gregg Abbott last week, with the trip set to take place 30 June. On Thursday, Trump attacked Harris and claimed that she would have “never gone” to the border if not for his upcoming trip.
  • Harris’s schedule includes a walking tour of the El Paso Central Processing Center operated by Customs and Border Patrol. There, she is expected to receive an “operational briefing” from agents. After that, she is set to speak to leaders of NGOs providing shelter and legal assistance to migrants. The end of the trip is expected to include a speech to assembled press and a possible question and answer session.
  • Along with Harris, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Dick Durbin and Democratic Representative Veronica Escobar of Texas are coming along on the trip.
  • Former acting director of US Customs and Immigration Enforcement Tom Homan suggests that Harris’s trip to visit El Paso instead of the much harder hit Rio Grande Valley migration “epicenter’ is aimed at shielding her from seeing the worst of the crisis. “Instead of going there and talking to the men and women dealing with that crisis and taking care of thousands of unaccompanied children, she picks El Paso because she doesn’t want to see the devastation that her administration’s policies have caused,” Homan told Fox News.
© REUTERS / STRINGERMigrants from Venezuela await transportation to a U.S. border patrol facility after crossing the Rio Grande river into the United States from Mexico in Del Rio, Texas, U.S., May 11, 2021
Better Late Than Never? What’s Important to Know About VP Harris’s Trip to Mexican Border - Sputnik International, 1920, 25.06.2021
Migrants from Venezuela await transportation to a U.S. border patrol facility after crossing the Rio Grande river into the United States from Mexico in Del Rio, Texas, U.S., May 11, 2021
  • The White House has promised that Friday’s trip would help “build on” Harris’s recent diplomatic work with Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, including telephone conversations  with leaders and face-to-face visits to discuss the problem of illegal immigration and its “root causes.” A Harris spokesperson has said that the El Paso visit would help “shed a spotlight” on what the Biden administration has been doing to “build a fair, humane and orderly immigration system” and to “fix” issues inherited from its predecessor.
  • Progressive Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has criticized Harris over her message in Guatemala earlier this month urging that country’s people not to come to America, saying that the US “has spent decades contributing to regime change and destabilization in Latin America,” and that migrants were only trying to escape problems caused in part by the US’s own policies.
© AP Photo / Jacquelyn MartinVice President Kamala Harris and Guatemala's Minister of Foreign Affairs Pedro Brolo wave at her arrival ceremony in Guatemala City, Sunday, June 6, 2021, at Guatemalan Air Force Central Command
Better Late Than Never? What’s Important to Know About VP Harris’s Trip to Mexican Border - Sputnik International, 1920, 25.06.2021
Vice President Kamala Harris and Guatemala's Minister of Foreign Affairs Pedro Brolo wave at her arrival ceremony in Guatemala City, Sunday, June 6, 2021, at Guatemalan Air Force Central Command
  • The border crisis has caused a 249 percent surge in attempts to illegally enter the United States, including a 900 percent increase in the detention of illegal immigrants with criminal records. According to the latest CBP figures, agents have encountered over 633,000 people trying to get into the US between February and May, with these figures already eclipsing the CBP’s encounters with would-be immigrants for the whole of 2020.
  • In his first few weeks in office, Biden issued nearly a dozen significant executive orders, instruments and memorandum to reverse his predecessor’s hardline stance on immigration. These included 1) an order revoking the exclusion of undocumented immigrants from the census 2) an order to preserve and fortify the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals programme, which provides safeguards from deportation for children of illegals 3) a reversal of the Trump travel ban 4) a halt in the construction of the Trump border wall, 5) an end to “harsh and extreme immigration enforcement” 6) the cancellation of the ‘Remain in Mexico’ programme offering financial incentives to migrants to stop them from coming to the US 7) “restoring” the US asylum system 8) rolling back a wealth test for would-be legal immigrants and 8) an order to rebuild the US refugee resettlement programme.
© AP Photo / TOM BRENNERU.S. President Joe Biden signs executive orders in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, after his inauguration as the 46th President of the United States, U.S., January 20, 2021. REUTERS/Tom Brenner
Better Late Than Never? What’s Important to Know About VP Harris’s Trip to Mexican Border - Sputnik International, 1920, 25.06.2021
U.S. President Joe Biden signs executive orders in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, after his inauguration as the 46th President of the United States, U.S., January 20, 2021. REUTERS/Tom Brenner

Regional leaders including Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei have blamed Biden’s policies for the crisis, with Giammattei suggesting that the administration’s “confusing” messages of perceived compassion prompted local human smugglers to begin offering to take people’s children to the United States. President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, meanwhile, has similarly said that “expectations” created by Biden that the US would lead to “better treatment of migrants” caused thousands to flood to the frontier thinking that crossing would be easier and safer.

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