This week the White House officially announced Vice President Kamala Harris will travel to Mexico and Guatemala, three weeks after President Joe Biden put her in charge of “diplomatic efforts” to get the border crisis under control.
“I have talked with the President of Mexico, the President of Guatemala. We have — well, I’m probably saying too much — we have plans in the work to go to Guatemala as soon as possible, given all of the restrictions in terms of COVID and things of that nature,” Harris said during a roundtable on the issue this week. “I’m looking forward to traveling, hopefully, as my first trip, to the Northern Triangle — stopping in Mexico and then going to Guatemala sometime soon.”
Harris still hasn’t visited the border to see the crisis first hand, but she did back in 2019 when it was good politics.
“What is happening with the detention of these children, the circumstances by which they arrived is a human rights abuse being committed by the United States government. We are here to stand up and say that we are not going to allow this to happen, not on our watch,” Harris said.
Detaining these children at the border is a human rights abuse being committed by the United States government. pic.twitter.com/aKDfadLDp4
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) June 28, 2019
But it is happening on her watch and it’s worse than ever.
🚨🚨 Border Patrol told us the COVID rate at the Donna migrant facility is 10%.
How can Joe Biden look at these new photos and STILL refuse to call this a crisis?
He's in complete denial.
It's a humanitarian crisis.
It's a public health crisis.
It's a security crisis. pic.twitter.com/0OP0CsU9fG
— Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) April 13, 2021