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US Vice-President Kamala Harris will on Friday make her first trip to the US southern border since taking office.
She has faced questions about why she has not visited the border since the White House assigned her in March to address the "root causes" of migration.
The visit was announced a week after former President Donald Trump said he would go to the border on 30 June.
The number of undocumented migrants reaching the US-Mexico border is at the highest level in more than 20 years.
US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said it caught 180,034 migrants in May. The number was up slightly from 178,854 in April and 172,000 in March.
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"Traditional banks have not always seen or understood the vision of women, small business owners, small business owners of color, small business owners who serve low-income communities," Vice President Kamala Harris said.CFDIs help small businesses get loans that the would otherwise be turned down for from major banks, a problem that hits minority business owners in particular.
Ms Harris will travel to El Paso, Texas, with Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, according to White House officials.
Earlier this month, she made her first trip abroad as vice-president - travelling to Mexico and Guatemala to hold talks about the migration crisis with the leaders of those two countries.
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Republican Byron Donalds said Harris visiting El Paso is "equivalent to firefighters prioritizing a dumpster fire over a five-alarm fire."Harris's office announced the June 25 trip on Wednesday, stating she'd be accompanied to the Lone Star State by Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.