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The vice president said Wednesday that she was anticipating traveling to the Northern Triangle Harris planning first trip abroad to Mexico, Guatemala
Published on April 15, 2021 9:41 AM

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Harris to visit Mexico, Guatemala 'soon' amid GOP criticism
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Vice President Kamala Harris, the Biden administration's point person on stemming the flow of Central American migrants coming to the U.S., said Wednesday she will travel to Mexico and Guatemala "soon" amid mounting GOP criticism.

"Our focus is to deal with the root causes, and I'm looking forward to travelling, hopefully, as my first trip, to the Northern Triangle — stopping in Mexico and then going to Guatemala sometime soon," Harris said Wednesday at a virtual roundtable of experts on the Northern Triangle nations of Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras. The vice president said she would go to Guatemala "as soon as possible."

The White House has taken pains to specify that the president has tasked Harris specifically with addressing the flow of migrants in Central America and not the situation at the U.S. southern border. But a chorus of Republican lawmakers and conservative media pundits have nonetheless laid into Harris over what they have characterized as her inaction on the issue.