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After meeting with detained migrant children, Vice President Kamala Harris declared Friday that “we’ve made progress” on the crisis at the US-Mexico border — despite the fact that data shows a record number of illegal crossings continues to grow.
Harris gave the overly rosy take while hosting a roundtable discussion with nonprofit leaders in El Paso, Texas, during her first trip to the border in her 94 days as President Biden’s point person on the crisis.
“In five months we’ve made progress, but there’s still much more work to be done, but we’ve made progress on family reunification… And we’ve also made progress in addressing the root causes,” Harris claimed.
The number of US-Mexico border detentions hit a 21-year monthly high of more than 180,000 in May. Nearly 179,000 people were detained in April.
Before touting progress, Harris met privately with detained migrant children who were reportedly glad to see her, painting a perhaps detached-from-reality picture in contrast to recent reports of a crying 5-year-old boy abandoned by smugglers near El Paso and smugglers in March infamously dropping 3- and 5-year-old girls over tall fencing nearby.
Other parts of the border are far worse, leaders of the Border Patrol’s labor union said, slamming Harris for picking El Paso.
Although reporters weren’t allowed to witness the VP’s meeting with children, Harris’ office released flattering quotes from her meeting with the five girls aged 9-16, who arrived to the border from Central America without their parents.
The children asked Harris “how did you get so far?” and told her “you’re an example to us,” according to quotes circulated by the VP’s press officers.
Harris encouraged the children to read, learn math and work hard. Her paraphrased words of advice included to “make good choices and make good friends that lift you up” and “never listen to anyone who says you can’t do something.”
The VP asked the kids what they wanted to be when they grew up. Their answers included veterinarian, police officer, civil engineer and doctor, according to Harris’ office.
Although Harris said progress has been made, statistics indicate otherwise as critics attribute the surge to Biden’s policies.
Border Patrol Chief Rodney Scott was dismissed from his job Wednesday ahead of Harris’ visit — which was hastily announced ahead of former President Donald Trump’s trip to the border next week. Trump is expected to slam Biden and Harris.
Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council, in a Fox News interview Friday that Harris should have gone to a harder-hit area of the border than El Paso.
“You don’t go to El Paso to see what is actually going on at the border,” Judd said.
Judd said that the El Paso sector is relatively well-secured and that Harris should have visited McAllen, Texas, to see where the most migrant apprehensions are happening or Tucson, Ariz., to see where the most migrants are successfully evading authorities.
The vice president of the Border Patrol’s union, Art Del Cueto, called Harris’ choice of El Paso a “slap in the face.”
“If she really wanted to see what was going on, she would go to the hot zones,” Del Cueto told Fox.
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