Several high members of the Biden administration have been in Mexico City on Friday for a gathering with Mexican officers relating to safety alongside the U.S.-Mexico border. But Vice President Kamala Harris wasn’t amongst them.

Harris, whom President Biden appointed in March to handle the U.S. response to the migrant disaster alongside the border, went to New Jersey instead.

Attending Friday’s high-level talks in Mexico’s capital have been Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland. 

Ken Salazar, a former U.S. senator from Colorado who now serves because the U.S. ambassador to Mexico, additionally attended.

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“Today’s High-Level Security Dialogue marks an important new phase in the US-Mexico security partnership,” Mayorkas tweeted Friday. “We will work together under a new framework to guide our joint efforts, and work toward our shared goals of security and prosperity for our two nations.”

Harris, in the meantime, traveled to the Garden State, visiting a daycare heart at Montclair State University in Little Falls and a vaccination website at Essex County Community College in Newark to promote the Biden administration’s agenda. 

The vp final visited the border in June, spending a number of hours in El Paso, Texas, whereas on her means to her residence in California. It’s the one time she’s been to the border since taking workplace. 

U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris performs bingo with youngsters at Ben Samuels Children’s Center at Montclair State University in Little Falls, New Jersey, U.S., on Friday, Oct. 8, 2021. 
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She then traveled to Los Angeles once more the very subsequent weekend, spending the July 4 vacation at her residence.

Harris has confronted relentless criticism from Republicans, who say her avoidance of the border area has disadvantaged her of precious first-hand data of border-related points. 

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“Vice President Harris is ignoring the real problem areas along our southern border that are not protected by the border wall and are being overrun by the federal government’s ill-thought-out, open border policies,” Texas Gov. Greg Abbott mentioned in a press release forward of her late June journey.

Harris and her spokespeople have countered that she has centered on behind-the-scenes discussions with Latin American leaders relating to the “root causes” of migration, reminiscent of poverty and political corruption in nations reminiscent of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.

Likely in response to GOP criticism, Harris advised potential migrants, “Do not come” to the U.S. when she visited Guatemala in early June.

Vice President Kamala Harris boards Air Force Two in Newark, N.J., Friday, Oct. 8, 2021, to return to Washington.

Vice President Kamala Harris boards Air Force Two in Newark, N.J., Friday, Oct. 8, 2021, to return to Washington.
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She additionally raised eyebrows for faltering on questions requested by reporters concerning the border on the time.

“I haven’t been to Europe. I mean, I don’t understand the point you are making,” Harris laughed off a query from “NBC Nightly News” anchor Lester Holt about whether or not she deliberate to go to the border earlier than her June go to toTexas was scheduled. 

“Since March, Vice President Kamala Harris has been leading the Administration’s diplomatic efforts to address the root causes of migration from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras,” the White House mentioned in a press release through the summer time selling its Root Causes Strategy plan. ” She has worked with bilateral, multilateral, and private sector partners, as well as civil society leaders, to help people from the region find hope at home.”

The White House didn’t instantly return Fox News’ late-night request for remark.