The vice president visited a daycare center and vaccination site in the Garden State on Friday while other top Biden administration officials were in Mexico City.
Several top members of the Biden administration were in Mexico City on Friday for a meeting with Mexican officials on security along the US-Mexico border. But Vice President Kamala Harris was not among them.
Harris, who was appointed by President Biden in March to manage the US response to the migrant crisis at the border, went to New Jersey instead.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Meyercas and US Attorney General Merrick Garland attended Friday’s high-level talks in the Mexican capital.
Ken Salazar, a former US senator from Colorado who now serves as the US ambassador to Mexico, also attended.
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“Today’s high-level security talks mark an important new phase in the US-Mexico security partnership,” Mayerkas tweeted on Friday. “We will work together under a new framework to guide our joint efforts, and work towards our shared goals of security and prosperity for our two countries.”
Meanwhile, Harris traveled to the Garden State, visiting a daycare center at Montclair State University in Little Falls and a vaccination site at Essex County Community College in Newark, to promote the Biden administration’s agenda.
The vice president last visited the border in June, spending several hours in El Paso, Texas, while on his way home in California. This is the only time she has come to the border since taking office.
She then traveled to Los Angeles again the following weekend, spending the 4th of July holiday at her home.
Harris has faced frequent criticism from Republicans, who say that avoiding the border area has deprived him of valuable first-hand knowledge of border-related issues.
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Greg Abbott of Texas Gov. said in a statement, “Vice President Harris is ignoring the real problem areas along our southern border that are not protected by a border wall and overstepping the federal government’s deliberate, open border policies.” Huh.” Before his visit at the end of June.
Harris and his spokesmen have countered that they have focused behind-the-scenes discussions with Latin American leaders about the “root causes” of migration, such as poverty and political corruption, in countries such as Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.
In response to GOP criticism, Harris told potential migrants “don’t come” when he visited Guatemala in early June.
He also raised eyebrows for fumbling over questions asked by reporters about that deadline.
“I haven’t been to Europe. I mean, I don’t get your point,” Harris laughed at a question from “NBC Nightly News” anchor Lester Holt. The trip to Texas was scheduled.
“Since March, Vice President Kamala Harris has been leading the administration’s diplomatic efforts to address the root causes of migration from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras,” the White House said during the summer promoting its root causes strategy plan. said in a statement while giving. “He has worked with bilateral, multilateral and private sector partners, as well as civil society leaders, to bring hope to the people of the region at home.”
The White House did not immediately return Granthshala News’ late-night request for comment.