This past week, Vice President Harris went to El Paso to visit the US-Mexico border for the first time during her current term as Vice President. Prior to this visit, Vice President Harris has been criticized for her handling of the current immigration crisis at the southern border of the United States and these criticisms increased after her visit to Guatemala and Mexico. The main focus of this trip for the Vice President was to focus on the more humanitarian side of the issue while also addressing the root causes underlying immigration to the United States.
During the first part of her visit, Vice President Harris met with 5 young girls, all of whom were separated from their parents at the border. These immigrant children are being housed in very poor conditions with little legal support or guidance from any family members. Vice President Harris said that meeting with these girls reminded her that this is a human issue involving children and families and that the response to this crisis needs to be effective. She also says that when discussing the immigration crisis we need to remember that these are human beings and need to be treated as such.
Vice President Harris then met with other immigration advocates and layers to further understand the current issues occurring at the border. Vice President Harris’s staff says that visiting Guatemala and Mexico first before the border was a part of a cause and effect strategy where they went to Central America to see the causes of immigration and then to the border to see the effects of immigration.
The Biden administration plans to address the inhumane conditions that current immigrants being held at the border are living in. However, many are complaining that the Biden administration is not doing nearly enough to help immigrants. President Biden has said that he is happy with the way Vice President Harris is handling the border situation.
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