Kamala Harris touts ‘progress’ at border despite record surge under Biden

After assembly with detained migrant youngsters, Vice President Kamala Harris declared Friday that “we’ve made progress” on the disaster at the US-Mexico border — despite the truth that information reveals a record variety of unlawful crossings continues to develop.

Harris gave the overly rosy take whereas internet hosting a roundtable dialogue with nonprofit leaders in El Paso, Texas, throughout her first journey to the border in her 94 days as President Biden’s level particular person on the disaster.

“In five months we’ve made progress, but there’s still much more work to be done, but we’ve made progress on family reunification… And we’ve also made progress in addressing the root causes,” Harris claimed.

The variety of US-Mexico border detentions hit a 21-year month-to-month excessive of more than 180,000 in May. Nearly 179,000 people had been detained in April.

Before touting progress, Harris met privately with detained migrant youngsters who had been reportedly glad to see her, portray a maybe detached-from-reality image in distinction to current experiences of a crying 5-year-old boy abandoned by smugglers close to El Paso and smugglers in March infamously dropping 3- and 5-year-old women over tall fencing close by.

Other elements of the border are far worse, leaders of the Border Patrol’s labor union mentioned, slamming Harris for selecting El Paso.

Vice President Kamala Harris says "In five months we've made progress" although US-Mexico border detentions hit a 21-year monthly high of more than 180,000 in May.
Vice President Kamala Harris says “In five months we’ve made progress” though US-Mexico border detentions hit a 21-year month-to-month excessive of greater than 180,000 in May.
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Although reporters weren’t allowed to witness the VP’s assembly with youngsters, Harris’ workplace launched flattering quotes from her assembly with the 5 women aged 9-16, who arrived to the border from Central America with out their dad and mom.

The youngsters requested Harris “how did you get so far?” and informed her “you’re an example to us,” in keeping with quotes circulated by the VP’s press officers.

Harris inspired the kids to learn, be taught math and work laborious. Her paraphrased phrases of recommendation included to “make good choices and make good friends that lift you up” and “never listen to anyone who says you can’t do something.”

The VP requested the children what they wished to be after they grew up. Their solutions included veterinarian, police officer, civil engineer and physician, in keeping with Harris’ workplace.

Although Harris mentioned progress has been made, statistics point out in any other case as critics attribute the surge to Biden’s insurance policies.

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This was Harris’ first journey to the border in her 94 days as President Biden’s level particular person on the disaster.

Border Patrol Chief Rodney Scott was dismissed from his job Wednesday forward of Harris’ go to — which was swiftly introduced forward of former President Donald Trump’s trip to the border next week. Trump is predicted to slam Biden and Harris.

Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council, in a Fox News interview Friday that Harris ought to have gone to a harder-hit space of the border than El Paso.

“You don’t go to El Paso to see what is actually going on at the border,” Judd mentioned.

Kamala Harris
Kamala Harris declared Friday that “we’ve made progress” on the disaster at the US-Mexico border.
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Judd mentioned that the El Paso sector is comparatively well-secured and that Harris ought to have visited McAllen, Texas, to see the place essentially the most migrant apprehensions are occurring or Tucson, Ariz., to see the place essentially the most migrants are efficiently evading authorities.

The vice chairman of the Border Patrol’s union, Art Del Cueto, known as Harris’ alternative of El Paso a “slap in the face.”

“If she really wanted to see what was going on, she would go to the hot zones,” Del Cueto informed Fox.

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