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Harris falsely claims ‘we have been to the border’ when pressed on lack of visit

Vice President Kamala Harris falsely claimed that “we’ve been to the border” when pressed on why she has not but visited the southern border after being tasked by President Biden to deal with the “root causes” of migration. 

During an interview with NBC News Tuesday, Harris, who has been criticized by Republicans for not making the journey to the U.S.-Mexico border, was requested whether or not she had any plans to accomplish that. 

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“I – at some point – you know – we are going to the border. We’ve been to the border,” Harris replied. “So this whole – this whole – this whole thing about the border. We’ve been to the border. We’ve been to the border.” 

Harris was once more pressed, with NBC’s Lester Holt reminding the vice chairman that she, herself, has not been to the border whereas in office. 

“I – and I haven’t been to Europe. And I mean, I don’t – I don’t understand the point that you’re making,” Harris stated, including “I’m not discounting the importance of the border.” 

“Listen, I care about what’s happening at the border,” Harris stated, noting that she is “in Guatemala because my focus is dealing with the root causes of migration.” 

“There may be some who think that that is not important, but it is my firm belief that if we care about what’s happening at the border, we better care about the root causes and address them,” she added. “And so that’s what I’m doing.” 

Harris has come underneath heavy criticism from Republicans for the approach she has dealt with the function since being appointed to it 75 days in the past. While the White House has emphasised she just isn’t tasked with the border per se, Republicans have criticized her repeatedly for not having visited the border in any respect – with former Trump officers saying she wants to go to the border so as to have the opportunity to conduct the talks successfully.

Harris’ feedback got here as she visited Guatemala, for her first visit overseas since being appointed by President Biden to lead diplomatic efforts to the area to assist remedy the huge spike in migration to the border in current months.

Harris, throughout a press convention alongside Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei advised potential migrants that they need to not journey to the U.S. Mexico border – claiming that they’d be turned again in the event that they did.

“I want to emphasize that the goal of our work is to help Guatemalans find hope at home, at the same time I want to be clear to folks in this region who are thinking about making the dangerous trek to the United States-Mexico border – do not come, do not come,” she stated.

Harris, on Monday, appeared to be making an attempt to clarify that message, and claimed that migrants can be turned again as she sought to current a more durable stance on unlawful immigration.

“The United States will continue to enforce our laws and secure our border,” she stated. “There are legal methods by which migration can and should occur but we, as one of our priorities, will discourage illegal migration and I believe if you come to our border you will be turned back.”

The White House, on Tuesday, seemingly clarified Harris’ feedback, saying that they encourage those that would really like to come to the U.S. to “do so legally.” 

“The President and Vice President have been clear in dissuading people from making the dangerous and treacherous journey to the U.S./Mexico border,”  Symone Sanders, Senior Advisor and Chief Spokesperson to the vice chairman, stated in an announcement Tuesday morning. 

“We encourage those who do want to come to the U.S. to do so legally and seek legal immigration options in their home countries,” Sanders continued. “The Vice President is committed to addressing the root causes of migration, which also addresses why migrants are coming to our border.”

The White House says they’ve been clear on that coverage – noting that in the transition, Amb. Susan Rice and National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan reiterated that now was not the time to come to the U.S., and noting that President Biden in March stated one thing to the similar impact, whereas Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas has urged migrants to pursue authorized immigration channels. 

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The Biden administration has rolled again a quantity of Trump-era insurance policies which saved migrants out of the U.S., whilst rising numbers of migrants flooded to the border. Of these, the most vital was the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) – which saved migrants in Mexico as they awaited their hearings. The Biden administration has ended the program and has been processing migrants enrolled into the program into the U.S. 

It has additionally ended a quantity of asylum cooperative agreements with nations like Guatemala which made migrants declare asylum in different nations first, and has been accused of encouraging migration by narrowing interior enforcement in the U.S., and pushing for a pathway to citizenship for unlawful immigrants already in the U.S.

The administration has saved in place the Trump-era Title 42 public well being order which permits migrants to be expelled rapidly due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and officers stated that out of the 178,000 migrants encountered at the border in April, 111,714 have been expelled – primarily single adults.

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However, the administration has not utilized Title 42 to unaccompanied youngsters, of which there have been greater than 13,000 that arrived at the border in April, and it’s not returning migrant households with youngsters underneath seven to Mexico due to the nation’s refusal to take them — which means that important numbers of households should not being turned again, and are being launched into the U.S. inside.

Fox News’ Adam Shaw contributed to this report. 

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