VP Harris Didn't Discuss Mexico's Refusal to Take Back Migrants With Pres. Lopez Obrador Vice President Kamala Harris (Getty Images)
By Solange Reyner | Wednesday, 09 June 2021 05:42 PM
Vice President Kamala Harris on Tuesday during her trip to Mexico to tackle the surge in migrant crossings, did not discuss Mexico’s refusal to take back some migrant families with President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, reports Fox News.
Mexico stopped allowing some migrant families to re-enter Mexico earlier this year as it was struggling to keep up with many Central American families quickly expelled from the U.S. under Title 42, a health order meant to stop the spread of COVID-19.
"We did not discuss Title 42," Harris told reporters when asked whether she came to an agreement with Lopez Obrador on taking back families.
Harris said she declared the trip a success, but the Democrat received blowback from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle. Even some members of her team with “perplexed” over some of the answers she gave during her 2-day trip to Mexico and Guatemala.
"There was certainly progress, but there are now concerns that some of that progress may have been overshadowed by her answers to some of these questions that her team knew that she would be facing," CNN reporter Jeremy Diamond reported during an appearance on the network.
"Some administration officials are quietly perplexed about the Vice President’s answers to some questions, in particular the question she got from (NBC host) Lester Holt where she equated the question about the border with Europe." he added.
Harris told migrants to “not come” to the U.S., prompting a new round of criticism. In Mexico a day later she said there was “no question” her work in Central America would have a positive effect on the region.
"The issue of root causes is not going to be solved in two days," Harris said. "It is not a new issue for the United States to feel the root causes on our shores.
During the interview with Holt, she said, "at some point, you know, we are going to the border. We've been to the border. So, this whole, this whole, this whole thing about the border. We've been to the border. We've been to the border."
Holt responded: "YOU haven't been to the border."
"I, and I haven't been to Europe," Harris responded. "And I mean, I don't — I don't understand the point that you're making," Harris said with a laugh. She added: "I'm not discounting the importance of the border."