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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.
Vice Presidentis being denounced by lawmakers for visiting El Paso, Texas instead of more high-activity areas along the U.S.-Mexico border.
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.
Dem Rep. Cuellar says he has not heard from VP Harris on border visit
Democratic Rep. Henry Cuellar on Saturday said he had not heard from the office of Vice President Kamala Harris after he invited her to visit to the southern border -- while suggesting the administration’s policies were at least partly to blame for the crisis. Cuellar, who represents Texas' 28th Congressional District, which includes 300 miles of the U.S. southern border, invited Harris to the border earlier this week. DEMOCRATIC REP.
The trip comes as Harris has been heavily criticized, primarily by, for not traveling to the southern border since she was tapped by President to lead the efforts to curb migration.
But on Thursday, Texas Democrat Henry Cuellar rebuked Harris for visiting El Paso instead of the Rio Grande Valley. Cuellar said that Harris was taking the "politically safe" route.
"The epicenter is down there in the Lower Rio Grande, the lower part of my district down there," Cuellar toldon Thursday. "If you look at the numbers that are down there compared to El Paso, you're not going to get a true picture of what's happening."
El Paso and Rio Grande are separated by more than 700 miles. El Paso is located in West Texas, while the Rio Grande Valley includes portions of South Texas and extending to the Gulf of Mexico.
White House: 'Appropriate time' for Kamala Harris border visit after VP dismissed it as 'grand gesture'
The White House on Wednesday said it is the "appropriate time" for Vice President Kamala Harris to make the trip to the U.S.-Mexico border, maintaining that timing is not driven by former President Donald Trump's upcoming visit.Harris is set to visit El Paso, Texas, Friday with Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, amid mounting criticism from Republicans for not having visited the border after her appointment by President Biden to handle the "root causes" of migration more than 90 days ago.
Congressman Byron Donalds, a Republican from Florida, said Harris going to El Paso is "equivalent to firefighters prioritizing a dumpster fire over a five-alarm fire."
Video: Kamala Harris gives no response to Democrat's request to visit border (FOX News)
"Tomorrow's border visit encapsulates just how out of touch the Biden-Harris Admin is when it comes to the crisis they created," Donalds tweeted.
Congressman Rick Allen, a Republican from Georgia, tweeted that Harris was "intentionally avoiding the Rio Grande Valley."
"If she was serious about addressing this humanitarian crisis, she would go to the Donna Facility where CBP has been overwhelmed with record levels of unaccompanied minors," Allen wrote.
A record number of people, including unaccompanied minors, have traveled to the U.S.-Mexico border this year. The surge led to overcrowding in many migrant detention centers. Last month, there were 180,034 border crossings—the largest figure in two decades—according to data from U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
Vice President Harris’ first trip to the border: What you need to know
Vice President Kamala Harris is traveling to El Paso, Texas Friday for her first visit to the U.S.-Mexico border following mounting criticism from Republicans for not going sooner after being tapped by President Biden to oversee the administration’s efforts in tackling "root causes" of the border crisis.Upon arrivalal in Texas, Harris will participate in a walking tour of the El Paso Central Processing Center, a Customs and Border Patrol facility.
Harris told migrants "do not come" to the border during her first international trip to Guatemala earlier this month.
The administration has reached a deal with Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico to have the countries send more troops to their own borders to help stem the flow of immigrants. Harris has also been working with the leaders to address the root causes of why people are leaving the region.
Harris said in Guatemala that she was focused on "tangible" results as "opposed to grand gestures."
Newsweek reached out to the White House for a response to the criticism but didn't receive a response before publication.
Ted Cruz Accuses Kamala Harris of Avoiding 'Biden Cages' During Border Visit .
The vice president took a trip to the southern border, but Texas Sen. Ted Cruz said she offered no solutions.Cruz joined Fox News host Jesse Watters on his show Watters World Saturday night to discuss critical race theory and the U.S. border crisis. Watters asked Cruz if the American people are "buying" Harris' trip to El Paso, Texas.