Harris Admits She Didn’t Address Cause Of Migrant Crisis In Mexico

(FreedomBeacon.com)- Vice President Kamala Harris finally traveled to the Mexico as part of her new role heading up the core causes of increased migration to the southern border.

But, the thing is, the vice president confirmed Tuesday that she never even discussed with Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador why his country won’t take some migrant families back who are turned away at the U.S. border.

Harris stopped in Mexico as part of a two-day trip she made to the region while trying to tackle the “root causes” of the surge in migrants that has recently overwhelmed border facilities in the U.S. In just April, there were more than 178,000 migrants who arrived at the U.S. southern border.

The United States is expelling some migrant families and single adults who arrive at the border, using protections of public health because of the ongoing pandemic. At the same time, the Biden administration is also releasing some families into the U.S. — because Mexico has refused to take some migrant families back that have younger children.

This refusal first began right before President Joe Biden was inaugurated in January, and many officials believe it’s been a direct cause of the surge in migrants at the border.

In May, Troy Miller, the acting commissioner of Customs and Border Protection, informed lawmakers:

“The surge of family units began in the Rio Grande Valley on January 23 when Tamaulipas stopped taking back Northern Triangle families with tender-aged children under the age of 7.”

This is what directly led to Border Patrol releasing migrants into the United States without a requirement to appear in court, Miller said. Instead, they were only given orders to report to a local office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

He explained:

“The situation on March 19, we encountered 2,439 migrants between the ports of entry in RGV alone. We had over 2,600 unaccompanied children of which 1,943 were held over 72 hours in our soft-sided facilities.”

Harris met with Mexico’s leader recently. Upon her return, she was asked by reporters whether the two discussed creating legal ways for migrants to come to the border. She was also asked whether she discussed with the leader whether Mexico would take more families back who were turned away by the U.S.’ powers under Title 42.

Harris confirmed, though, that they didn’t discuss Title 42 at all. Instead, their discussions revolved around the need “to re-examine travel restrictions,” as well as work visas being issued by Mexico for people who enter via their southern border.

What Harris has focused on instead are initiatives she said she believed would tackle some of the “root causes” of why more migrants are coming to the U.S. This includes fixing issues such as violence, climate change and poverty in Central American countries.

Earlier in the week while in Guatemala, Harris talked about investments the U.S. was making in entrepreneurs, affordable housing and agribusiness in Guatemala.

In total, the U.S. recently gave out $310 million in help to the region, which is part of a $4 billion investment plan for Central America.