When she arrived in El Paso, the vice president told reporters “this is not my first trip.”
Harris touts “progress” despite the surge in immigration crossings
During a visit to El Paso, Harris called the situation at the border “difficult” and said that more work needs to be done to thoroughly understand the reasons why migrants leave their homes.
The White House said she met with five young girls between the ages of 9 and 16 who were detained at the Customs and Border Protection Processing Center after crossing the border and then went to the North Paso Port of Entry to visit the border.
So far, most of Harris’s attention has been focused on what she calls the “root causes” of immigration, namely poverty, crime, and corruption in Central America.
“The story I heard today reinforces the nature of these root causes,” she said, adding, “As we have been doing, this will require a comprehensive approach to acknowledge this.”
In meetings with faith organizations and providers of shelters and legal services, Harris said that she and Biden “inherit a difficult situation.”
She added: “In five months, we have made progress, but there is more work to be done, but we have made progress.”