Kamala Harris Receives Hostile Reception as She Finally Visits the Border


Vice President Kamala Harris did not receive the warm reception she was most likely expecting when she finally visited the U.S.-Mexico border on Friday.

Protesters, many of them Hispanic, lined the streets of El Paso, Texas, waving flags supporting former President Donald Trump as Harris’ motorcade drove by.

“Go home Kamala” and “Viva Trump!” were some of the chants uttered by protesters that could be heard over whistling.

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Former congressional candidate Irene Armendariz-Jackson joined the protesters with a message for Harris.

“Kamala, you came a little too late. We have had this crisis for years,” she told Informed with Anthony.

“We need solutions, we don’t need you parading in the Border Patrol station or acting like you care.”

She added, “Americans matter, America matters. God bless you, America.”

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Harris was accompanied by Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on her first trip to the border since assuming office.

Harris was tasked by President Joe Biden more than three months ago to lead the nation’s response to the “root causes” of the immigration surge, but failed to visit the border until now.

She was set to visit a processing center and Border Patrol facility in El Paso to receive an operational briefing, according to Fox News.

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When asked by Fox News reporter Peter Doocy why it took so long for her to make her first trip to the border, she responded that it wasn’t her first trip.

“I’ve been to the border many times,” the California Democrat said, possibly referring to past visits she made as a senator. “Because as I’ve long said, I said back in March I was going to come to the border so this is not a new plan, but the reality of it is we have to deal with the causes and we have to deal with the effects.”

Harris has been criticized by both Democrats and Republicans for failing to visit the border. Texas Democratic Rep. Henry Cueller said that while visiting El Paso was a good “first step,” it wouldn’t give the vice president the full picture of the situation at the border.

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“If you look at the numbers that are down there compared to El Paso, you are not going to get a true picture of what’s happening,” he said, according to CNS News.

“You go to the Donna facility, you go to Roma, Texas, you go to Rio Grande City, you go to the McAllen area so you can get an idea. That’s how you can get an idea of what’s happening down at the border. So it’s a first step.”

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Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. A University of Oregon graduate, Erin has conducted research in data journalism and contributed to various publications as a writer and editor.
Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. She grew up in San Diego, California, proceeding to attend the University of Oregon and graduate with honors holding a degree in journalism. During her time in Oregon, Erin was an associate editor for Ethos Magazine and a freelance writer for Eugene Magazine. She has conducted research in data journalism, which has been published in the book “Data Journalism: Past, Present and Future.” Erin is an avid runner with a heart for encouraging young girls and has served as a coach for the organization Girls on the Run. As a writer and editor, Erin strives to promote social dialogue and tell the story of those around her.
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