Harris plans trip to Central America amid pressure from Republicans

Vice President Kamala Harris seems to have broken under the pressure.

According to the Washington Examiner, Harris announced Wednesday that she’s made plans to travel to Central America to address the “root causes” of a recent surge in migration at the U.S.–Mexico border.

The news comes after weeks of urging from Republicans who were concerned that Harris was missing-in-action as a crisis unfolds at the southern border. Harris was first tapped to lead the Biden administration’s diplomatic efforts to curb migration late last month.

A trip to Central America

According to the Examiner, Harris made clear Wednesday that she plans to stop in Mexico and Guatemala on her upcoming trip. The vice president has reportedly spoken with the leaders of both countries in recent weeks.

She did not give any specifics on when her trip might occur, however. Harris simply promised to visit Central America “as soon as possible,” opting to blame the delay on coronavirus-related restrictions, among other things.

When Harris was first named by Biden as his point-person on the border, the president’s language seemed to indicate that she would be in charge of the southern border crisis, a role that would presumptively include the enforcement of immigration laws. But the VP has since distanced herself from the current situation at the border, insisting that she’s merely leading the way diplomatically.

Harris continued to distance herself from the southern border itself on Wednesday.

“The president has asked [Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro] Mayorkas to address what is going on at the border, and he has been working very hard and is showing some progress,” she said, according to the Examiner. “I have been asked to lead the issue of addressing the root causes, similar to what the then-vice president did many years ago.”

According to the Examiner, Harris also said that the U.S. government can help slow down the surge in migration by leveraging aid with the “hope that if they stay at home, hope is on the way.”

The streak continues

As Fox News reports, the development comes a full 22 days after Biden first put Harris in charge of addressing the roots of the border crisis.

Throughout those three weeks, the VP has all but avoided questions from reporters, prompting criticism from both the left and right.

And while she may have inked a trip to Central America onto her schedule, it doesn’t seem the pressure campaign will be cooling off any time soon.

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