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VP Harris coming to El Paso on Friday for Mexico border visit

EL PASO, Texas -- Vice President Kamala Harris will visit El Paso on Friday to examine conditions along the U.S.-Mexico border for her first time in office as part of a Biden administration effort to contain migration, the White House announced in a brief statement.

"Earlier this year, the President asked the Vice President to oversee our diplomatic efforts to address the root causes of migration from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. As a part of this ongoing work, the Vice President traveled to Guatemala and Mexico earlier this month and will travel to El Paso on Friday," the statement read.

Politico had first reported the news earlier Wednesday, citing sources familiar with the vice president’s plans. The trip was also later confirmed by the Associated Press.

The White House said Harris will be accompanied by Alejandro Mayorkas, head of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, on the trip.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki, at her daily news briefing on Wednesday, explained that Harris' El Paso trip is a part of her efforts to address the root causes of migration.

"I will note that I've also said here from this podium, and she has also said that when it was the right time, she may go to visit the border," Psaki said, adding that that the "planning and timing" was done in coordination with DHS.

She added, it's "part of the coordinated effort between her office, her work, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Health and Human Services, to continue to address the root causes and work in coordination to get the situation under control."

The vice president had come under recent criticism from Republicans after she was named by President Biden to oversee the administration’s diplomatic efforts on migration. The GOP complained that Harris hadn't visited the border itself despite being tasked with trying to stem the flow of migration from Central America.

But Harris' office has repeatedly sought to make clear that she has a laser focus on diplomatic relations and the conditions that push migrants to make the journey - and not the politically fraught situation at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Nonetheless, Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, in reacting to the announcement of Harris' visit, sought to draw her into the fray. He criticized her choice to visit El Paso as opposed to some other Texas border communities.

"Vice President Harris is ignoring the real problem areas along our southern border that are not protected by the border wall and are being overrun by the federal government's ill-thought-out open border policies," Abbott said in a statement. "She will fail in her mission if she refuses to speak to residents of the Del Rio sector whose homes and ranches are being overrun by gangs and smugglers."

Abbott's comments come as he too is planning a visit down to the border. Former President Donald Trump plans on touring Texas’ southern border with Abbott next week.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection encountered more than 180,000 migrants at the southern border in May, putting the U.S. on track to surpass the total number of border crossings in fiscal year 2019.

The vice president's office and DHS have yet to provide an itinerary for Friday's visit to the Borderland.

(The Associated Press and CNN contributed to this report.)

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Jim Parker

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93 Comments

  1. Oh do come through madame nice president but forego wearing your trademark foot gear the Chuck Taylors.. El Paso’s Gang Task Force consider those ‘Chucks’ to be ‘Gang Shoes.’

  2. Dementia Joe is too decrepit to come to the border. He calls a lid early Fridays so he can go back to his basement in Delaware.

        1. TruthChlamydia, you are absolutely disgusting and not surprised at all that you’re a MAGAss. Do us all a favor and shove a piece of charcoal in your mouth and then STFU.

          1. The TRANNY TRAMP returns. I guess fero the CHICO traded his big boy pants for some panties.. well, sort of… Hahaha. Disgusting, huh? Coming from a POChit like you whose opinion is “WHATEVER” it means about as much as what the other aholes who spout their trash here. WE’RE RIGHT, YOU’RE LEFT and WRONG, so GFY. Shouldn’t be difficult… Just bend it backwards til it’s IN!

  3. What is this disgraceful fool coming here for? What is she going to do? Cackle at the slums and buy new shoes at the discount stores on Stanton street? All just to say she came to the border. Big fu*king deal.

  4. Oh boy, big whoop. Clueless harris is coming to town. And it’ll just be another smoke and mirror dog ‘n pony show put on for her benefit. She’ll pander to the media & left and have some photo ops at the border (Oh, look at me! I’m Important and doing something!) and more face/photo time with illegals (Kids) at a holding facility (Hand wringing, wailing, and blathering oh my, it’s just HORRIBLE! Something MUST be done! But not by me/biden/the left). And then POOF! She’ll be gone. And nothing will change or get done. So here’s an idea. Call me crazy but why don’t you (harris) talk to the rank and file CBPO’s and PA’s and find out what’s REALLY going on. Yeah, that ain’t gonna happen, is it?

        1. No. Thanks to Republicans we have thousands that come illegally each day and they do not turn themselves in for asylum processing. This will continue until we do a massive and complete rewrite of the immigration code which Republicans oppose. Until immigrants have a practical way to enter the US legally you will have the status quo. If a person turns himself in for asylum processing, he/she is here legally.

          1. Unless they don’t have have a legitimate asylum claim, which most of them don’t

      1. “During FY 2020, 73.7 percent of immigration judge decisions denied asylum, and asylum itself was granted just 26.3 percent of the time.”

        Applying for asylum is the easy part. Getting it approved is another. Read the facts nitwit.

    1. Thank you for coming leader Harris! Don’t pay attention to folk like Jeff Allen. They want America as it was. Slavery. Don’t pay attention to them they are the new minorities.

      1. Hey nitwit the only reason why she is coming to the border is to beat Trump since he will be visiting the border on June 30. He had fun trolling the feckless woman today.

  5. She will probably do a photo ops at Chico’s Tacos just to say she was at the border. The leftist media will gush all over her.

    1. Naw. She’ll do a photo op at EPIC then maybe the immigration center on Montana. She won’t venture far from the airport. If you blink, you’ll miss it.

    2. Maybe she should do a photo op with all the white pan handlers pissing all over our town. Show them how far they have come. Lol

      1. The only pan handler pissing all over El Paso is you Alberto. You’re that brown hobo that stands at the corner of Vista Del Sol and Yarbrough about two blocks from your section 8 apartment.

  6. VP Harris bienvenida!!!!!!!!!!! Arriba Harris!!! Better than wheeling someone here. Miner poderosa de color! I would be watching the above fools. They are white and very pissed and have pistolitas. Tell them Trump is in chaparral so they can run over yonder.

    1. You’ll probably get a Secret Service visit nitwit. Mentioning guns in a post about the VP is like yelling “bomb” in a movie theater. Keep on making yourself look like a fool.

      1. Did you see what alberto the traitor posted this morning?

        Going Foreword 123 says:
        June 22, 2021 at 7:30 AM
        Gang mentality of ‘NATO’ attacking lone wolf ‘Iran. But Lone-wolf ‘Iran’ continues to repel attacks, standing its ground, and holding his own. GO ‘IRAN’!

        If that traitor donated so much as one dollar towards Iran, He might be charged with “Material Support of a Terrorist Organization. I sent it to the proper guys.

        1. Madcow, get over it!! You’ve been whining about this BS since yesterday. Shove your threats up your ass!! No one is intimidated by you or any other Trumptard/MAGAss!!

    2. Alberto, YOU are the unstable one. Sooner or later, you will snap and be dealt with. We have over 30 pages of word documents, of nothing but your psychotic racist, profanity filled rants and threats.

    1. Of course not. The only reason why she got the job is because of her race and female body parts. No one really voted for her. We all know you voted for dementia Joe. She was just riding on his shirt tail.

      1. If the democraps really wanted a strong woman to represent their party they would have picked Tulsi Gabbard as the president. Instead, they picked Joe and the dumpbass picked Kamala that even the democraps dint want.

  7. The laughing hyena is coming to the border, how freakin’ sweet, you watch the sleepy one stumble through the teleprompter today? Are his handler’
    s keeping him doped? His handlers are as lost as he is.

      1. James Benvie, shouldn’t you be pandering Abbott to let you have a part in the construction of his stupid ass wall?? Maybe he can clear your criminal record. Typical Trump Thugs.

  8. I love it when the Trumpites reveal their true character on this blog. Its easy to see why they would support a misogynist, rapist, and traitor.

          1. We all know Alberto and his buddy Charlie Dumbo are chickens. No shows.

  9. Can’t wait to see her patronizing all the Mexicans here. Will she dance despacito, or speak Spanish? Maybe she eats a burrito in public? Hope someone tells her that you must chew a burro.

      1. Coming from alberto, who barely made it through high school is El Paso. You have had no career(s), doing odd jobs since you were thrown out of the Navy in San Francisco, blaming us who have had careers for your own failures. You live in Section 8 housing that we pay for.

  10. You are welcomed to OUR LOVELY TOWN OF EL PASO Vice PRESIDENT HARRIS!!!!!! Congratulations on your historic win!!!!!!!!! A huge win for women and minorities!!!!!!!

  11. Interesting how they picked visiting El Paso instead of the Rio Grande Valley (RGV) where the real border crisis is located.

  12. I’ll bet Trump will visit the real border crisis area RGV when he visits the border on June 30. If he did visit El Paso tens of thousands would show up to see him like before. Zero people show up for Harris or Biden. Normally just protestors.

  13. This will be the HO’s itinerary, arrive ant meet the local socialist democrats, do a photo op at the Ft Bliss concentration camp, do a press interview with leftist news media and haul her ass back to DC. A few hundred thousand tax dollars wasted.

  14. WELCOME BEAUTIFUL VICE PRESIDENT HARRIS! YOU ARE WELCOMED IN EL PASO! Thank you for coming and addressing the much needed issues regarding our culture. You are a fine example of what a leading country should do! GOD BLESS AMERICA AS THE LAND OF OPPORTUNITY. Fist woman of color Vice President! We are proud and support you.

  15. Don’t let the little white men above present a false representation of our lovely city. They are a few insignificant white trump trash here for the military benefits.

  16. Just tell those 5 morons above thats new truckload of ammo just arrived at academy and they’ll lose their heads and scram down yonder. Lol. Hey Herbie!!!!! Ammo!!!!! Let scram down der!!!!!!!

  17. TED CRUZ: 91 days ago she was named border czar in charge of the border crisis and she demonstrated strong leadership by doing not a damn thing, by going nowhere near the border, by doing everything she could to hide from the crisis. Now, frankly, that’s the same thing Joe Biden is doing. She’s emulating the president in hiding from the crisis and so suddenly former President Trump is going to the border and they realize “oh crap we gotta do something.”

    1. You’re just a dumbass racist moron. A has been viva La Raza. You and your 12 aliases? Good laugh. We outnumber you 20 to 1 nitwit.

      1. Ha ha. Look around dumbass! Who’s in the wrong town? Lol. You and your 4 bigots always barking and bitc&$ing. Lol. You outnumber us? Lol. Comical. Stay inside your house like you belong. We don’t want to see your nasty/bigot face.

  18. Madmike and his puckered face oddballs. Ooooooraahhh! Lol. They walk in front of their wives with a puckered face. Lol. Putrid mofos. They know “everything”. Lol. “Wuuurt arrrr wuh sapose to duh”. Classic

  19. Alberto pedo muerto. The messy-can representative of all trash illegals. IT eats it’s own shit and swallows what cnn give it. IT can’t think for itself so uses 24 other decrepit menially challenged personalities like cara de caca, mia pendeja, foreword asswipe, ucxrement, and char liar doo doo to mention a few of them. All they spew here is hate towards Americans. Since they are useless to this country they go on their senseless diatribes and actually think someone cares about those rants.
    Todos son unos pendejos metidos en el culu del alberto.

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