Newsweek reached out to the White House for comment but did not immediately receive a response.
Complete Newsweek article is here.
Reprint. Protesters Await Kamala Harris at Border With ‘Que Mala’ and ‘Trump Won’ Signs. So she was off by almost 1,000 miles. Hey this was just a refueling stop on her way out to LA. Six months on the job, who wouldn’t need a fourth vacation. Snicker snicker snort snort.
Critics of Vice President Kamala Harris were lined up to protest early Friday morning ahead of the vice president’s first visit to the U.S.-Mexico border in El Paso, Texas.
Harris, who President Joe Biden tasked with spearheading his administration’s response to undocumented immigration and the influx of migrants at the border, is scheduled to visit the El Paso Central Processing Center, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) facility, on Friday. The vice president will be joined by Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas as well as a couple of Democratic lawmakers.
Protesters awaiting Harris’ arrival held signs showing support for former President Donald Trump, with some falsely asserting that “Trump won” the 2020 election, video from the demonstration posted online showed. Several held signs reading “Que Mala Harris,” a Spanish play on the vice president’s name. “Que mala” translates in English to “how mean.” One demonstrator held a sign that asked, “Kamala do you hear their screams?”
— Informed with Anthony (@InformedAnthony) June 25, 2021
Harris and Biden have faced substantial criticism from Republicans and some Democratic lawmakers over their response to the uptick in undocumented migrants coming to the southern border. GOP lawmakers have attacked Harris for not visiting the border sooner, particularly because she has been tasked with leading the administration’s response to the situation.
In May, CBP encountered more than 180,000 migrants crossing the southwestern border with Mexico. That represented a 1 percent increase over April and a more substantial increase over the approximately 172,000 migrants CBP detained in March. Republicans have argued that Biden’s rollback of some of Trump’s hardline immigration policies have resulted in the surge in undocumented immigrants and asylum seekers.