Vice President Kamala Harris will finally take some in-person action in her role as the Biden administration’s migration czar — visiting Central America amid a surge of migrants to the US-Mexico border.
“Well, it’s the first trip,” Harris told reporters in Washington on Wednesday at an unrelated swearing-in ceremony.
Harris, who arrives in Guatemala on Sunday before traveling to Mexico City on Monday, did not say where she might go on a subsequent trip.
“I’m there to listen as much as I am to share perspective” on how to reduce migration, she said.
Republicans have pushed for Harris to go to the US border to see the historic surge of migrants including unaccompanied children, which they attribute to the Biden administration’s policies.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued a disaster declaration for 34 counties along or near the Lone Star State’s border with Mexico Tuesday, saying President Biden’s immigration policies had allowed in a flood of drugs and gang members.
Harris faced significant Republican