World Returning to the public eye, Trump will head to US-Mexico border
Harris, in Guatemala, tells potential migrants they will be turned back: 'Do not come'
Vice President Kamala Harris, as part of her visit to Guatemala, on Monday told potential migrants that they should not travel to the U.S. Mexico border -- claiming that they would be turned back if they did. "I want to emphasize that the goal of our work is to help Guatemalans find hope at home, at the same time I want to be clear to folks in this region who are thinking about making the dangerous trek to the United States-Mexico border -- do not come, do not come," she said.
Former President Donald Trump has said he would visit the US-Mexico border later this month with Texas Governor Greg Abbott after both complained about a rise in migrants crossing into the United States.
Trump, Abbott and other Republicans have criticised Democratic President Joe Biden for rolling back Trump immigration restrictions as the number of migrants arriving at the border has reached the highest monthly levels in 20 years.
“The Biden Administration inherited from me the strongest, safest, and most secure border in U.S history and in mere weeks they turned it into the single worst border crisis in U.S history,” Trump said in a statement on Tuesday, announcing he had accepted an invitation from Abbott to visit the border on June 30.
Harris meets with Mexican president amid criticism over migrant remarks, lack of border visit
Vice President Kamala Harris on Tuesday was meeting with Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador as part of a two-day tour to the region to tackle what the Biden administration describes as the "root causes" of the crisis at the southern border -- as she faces criticism for failing to visit the border and remarks a day earlier on illegal migration. Harris, who was appointed more than 70 days ago by President Biden to lead the diplomatic effort to stop the migrant crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border, met with Lopez Obrador on Tuesday afternoon ahead of a press conference later in the day.
“We went from having border security that was the envy of the world to a lawless border that is now pitied around the world,” he added.
Republicans have been extremely critical of the Biden administration’s handling of the border and slammed Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, who has been tasked with dealing with the immigration crisis, for not yet having visited the border since taking office in January.
Trump did not say where along the 2,000km (1,250-mile) border he would be visiting. Abbott’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The former president’s trip to the US-Mexico line will be his first since January 12, days before he left office, when he visited a section of the border wall in what was kind of a farewell victory lap.
Mexican fangirl 'misrepresented herself to Univision and VP's staff'
Maria Fernanda Reyes (right) was called on by Kamala Harris' press secretary to ask a question at a Mexico City press conference on Tuesday. A White House official said sheMaria Fernanda Reyes was mocked on social media when she fawningly told Harris: 'I voted for you,' before asking a question.
Trump made the building of a wall along the border a signature part of his presidency, saying it was needed to stop illegal immigration and drug smuggling.
Biden issued an executive order on his first day in office – January 20 – that paused wall construction, saying “a massive wall that spans the entire southern border is not a serious policy solution”.
Biden’s order was the first in a series of moves to undo many of the Trump administration’s immigration curbs and to put in place what the Biden administration has called more humane policies.
Abbott said last week that his state would build its own border wall, but whether he has the resources and legal authority to do that remains unclear.
Trump’s trip to Texas comes as the former president works his way back into the public arena following his departure from the White House.
Facing a Historic Heat Wave, Migrants at the Border at Greater Risk Than Ever
As Texas, Arizona, and California face a historic heat wave, migrants traveling through the desert and awaiting asylum face medical risk.Despite the incoming heat, the border remains a hotbed of activity as migrants from Mexico and Central America continue to head north in search of economic opportunity and asylum.
Trump is expected to go Cleveland, Ohio on Jun 26 for a rally, and Tampa, Florida on July 3, per advisers.
— Josh Dawsey (@jdawsey1)
In addition to his trip to the US-Mexico border on June 30, Trump will reportedly hold a rally near Cleveland, Ohio, on June 26, where he is expected to stump for candidates he has endorsed, including Max Miller, who is running to unseat Republican Representative Anthony Gonzalez.
Gonzalez was one of the 10 Republicans who voted to impeach Trump and has drawn the ire of the former president as well as Ohio Republicans.
Trump will also reportedly hold a rally in Tampa, Florida, on July 3, which would mark his second post-presidential public appearance in the state that he now calls his home. In February, Trump spoke at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando.
Kamala Harris Finally Visits the Border—800 Miles From Where the Action Is .
In her first five months in office, Vice President Kamala Harris has learned at least one important lesson about immigration: You can run to the border, but you can’t run from the border. That’s because sooner or later the border will find you. That’s especially true when you’re a U.S. elected official in 2021, whether you’re pandering to white nativists who want to keep out Central American refugees, or Latino activists who want to let more of them in. This week, the border found Harris. The California Democrat — who never showed much interest in immigration while representing a border state in the U.S. Senate — finally made it to the U.S.-Mexico border.