Vice President Kamala Harris on Friday introduced an August journey to Singapore and Vietnam — regardless of information exhibiting that the migration disaster on the US-Mexico border is worsening.
It will likely be Harris’ second journey overseas as vp after her June journey to Guatemala and Mexico in a bid to enlist the international locations to assist cut back unlawful migration to the US.
Harris’ highest-profile coverage function is as President Biden’s level individual on migration, however contemporary information present the variety of folks detained for illegally crossing the border grew to almost 189,000 in June.
In Could, greater than 180,000 folks had been detained on the border, a 21-year month-to-month excessive. In April, nearly 179,000 folks had been detained and greater than 173,000 had been taken into custody in March.
It’s unclear why Harris is main a visit to Asia. US-Asia relations usually are not amongst her roughly half-dozen duties assigned by Biden, which embrace main the cost in opposition to Republican state-level election reform legal guidelines and main a pro-union process drive.
Harris spokeswoman Symone Sanders stated the vp “will journey to Singapore and Vietnam subsequent month to strengthen relationships and increase financial cooperation with two important Indo-Pacific companions of america.”
The exact dates weren’t supplied.
Harris will “have interaction the leaders of each governments on problems with mutual curiosity, together with regional safety, the worldwide response to the COVID-19 pandemic, local weather change, and our joint efforts to advertise a rules-based worldwide order,” Sanders stated.
Harris may also “affirm and have fun the sturdy cultural and people-to-people ties between america and these international locations.”
Vietnam, a Communist-run nation whose authorities defeated the US within the Vietnam Struggle, hosted a 2019 summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.
“President Biden and Vice President Harris have made it a high precedence to rebuild our international partnerships and maintain our nation safe, and this upcoming go to continues that work – deepening our engagement in Southeast Asia,” Sanders stated. “Vice President Harris would be the first vp to ever go to Vietnam.”
Harris’ latest journey to Guatemala and Mexico was dogged by questions on her refusal to go to the US-Mexico border, which she finally did after returning to the US. Her journey to Asia threatens to be overshadowed by questions on why she’s not specializing in migration because the disaster worsens.
Critics blame Biden’s border insurance policies, marketing campaign rhetoric about welcoming asylum seekers and Democratic laws that will legalize most unlawful immigrants for sparking the frenzy to the border.
However Biden has stated that the surge is “seasonal” and the results of pent-up demand after numbers dropped in 2020 in the course of the peak of the pandemic.
The Biden administration says a few of the folks have been detained a number of occasions after being expelled from the US beneath particular COVID-19 guidelines.