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Vice President Kamala Harris will meet “virtually” with Mexican President President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and other top officials next month — as part of her efforts in dealing with what the administration describes as the “root causes” of the border crisis.

Kamala Harris has yet to visit the southern border as vice president — despite President Biden tapping her to oversee the crisis there.

“On May 7, Vice President Kamala Harris will meet virtually with Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who will be joined by Secretary of Foreign Relations Marcelo Ebrard Casaubon and Secretary of Economy Tatiana Clouthier Carrillo,” her office said in a statement.

“This meeting will deepen the partnership between our countries to achieve the common goals of prosperity, good governance, and addressing the root causes of migration.”

Harris has come under fire for not having visited the border since being made the point person for the crisis, and has gone 31 days without holding a press conference on the matter.

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador is set to meet with Kamala Harris virtually on May 7 to discuss immigration.

The White House has pushed back on that criticism, saying she is in charge of diplomatic talks involved in targeting the root causes of the crisis, not the border itself.

“I have been asked to lead the issue of dealing with root causes in the Northern Triangle, similar to what the then-Vice President did many years ago,” she said at a recent event. “But I will tell you these are issues that aren’t going to be addressed overnight.” 

Republicans and other critics have blamed the dramatic liberalization of immigration and border policy by the Biden administration for the surge that has seen more than 172,000 migrants encountered in March along — including record numbers of unaccompanied children that have overwhelmed border facilities and led to images of packed children side-by-side in centers.

Critics have pointed to the rolling back of the “Remain-in-Mexico” policy which kept migrants south of the border, efforts to grant amnesty to illegal immigrants already in the country, and the Biden administration’s decision not to apply Title 42 public health protections — which allows migrants to be expelled quickly — to unaccompanied children.

Kamala Harris will also discuss border issues with Guatemala’s President Alejandro Giammattei.
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But the Biden administration, while denying a crisis at the border, has emphasized factors like poverty and climate in Central America.
“We are looking at extensive storm damage because of extreme climate, we’re looking at drought in an area in a region where agriculture is one of the most traditionally important basis for their economy, we’re looking at what’s happening in terms of food scarcity as a result of that and in fact, incredible food insecurity, which we used to call hunger food insecurity,” Harris said at a roundtable this week.“And we are looking at, therefore, a number of issues that also relate to poverty, extreme poverty. And also there’s violence obviously coming out of those regions,” she said. “When you look at the root causes, we’re also looking at issues of corruption. Again, we’re looking at the issue of climate resiliency and then the concern about a lack of economic opportunity.”
Harris will meet on Monday with Guatemala’s President Alejandro Giammattei. She also spoke to Lopez Obrador by phone earlier this month. 
In addition, Harris plans to travel in June to the Northern Triangle region of Central America, Fox News has learned. But the precise itinerary for the vice president was unclear. The region includes Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras.

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The ‘Outnumbered’ panel breaks down what the vice president’s dipping favorability numbers in her first six months in office could mean for her presidential aspirations.

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“When It comes to Biden Border crises, Democrats have been Spreading ‘Misinformation’ About Biden Border Crisis” – McCarthy

“The border crisis is getting worse, and that’s a fact,” McCarthy says in his tweet.

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“When it comes to the #BidenBorderCrisis, Democrats have been spreading misinformation,” House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) says.

In a Tuesday post, Rep. McCarthy introduces a video montage of President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) all reassuring the American public that the border crisis is under control:

  • President Joe Biden: “It’s way down now. We’ve gotten control.”
  • Vice President Kamala Harris: “We have seen extreme progress over the past few months.”
  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi: “The Biden administration has this under control.”

When it comes to the #BidenBorderCrisis, Democrats have been spreading misinformation.

The border crisis is getting worse, and that’s a fact. pic.twitter.com/lCXSqFISMO— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) July 21, 2021

The video then shows news clips revealing that illegal immigration is actually surging at the U.S. southwest border, including MSNBC reporting that “U.S. Customs and Border Protection says it apprehended more than 188,000 migrants crossing the southern border in June.”

The CBP’s website reports that June’s 188,829 arrests represents a five percent increase from the previous month and includes increases in both unaccompanied minors and family units:

“In June 2021, CBP encountered 188,829 persons attempting entry along the Southwest Border. This total represented a five percent increase over May 2021.”

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“Encounters along the Southwest Border of unaccompanied children increased this month by 8 percent, with 15,253 encounters in June 2021 compared with 14,137 in May 2021.  Encounters of family unit individuals increased by 25 percent to 55,805 in June 2021, up from 44,746 in May.”

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As the video closes, a graphic declares:

“When it comes to the Biden Border Crisis Democrats are only spreading misinformation.”

“The border crisis is getting worse, and that’s a fact,” McCarthy says in his tweet introducing the video.

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Psaki confirms more breakthrough COVID cases in White House that were not disclosed

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White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Tuesday confirmed that there have been breakthrough COVID-19 cases among White House staffers that had not previously been disclosed.

Psaki, during Tuesday’s White House briefing, confirmed reports that a vaccinated White House official and a vaccinated staffer for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi tested positive for coronavirus after attending the same event. 

When asked if there had been other breakthrough positive COVID cases among staffers, Psaki said “there have been,” but did not disclose further details.

Psaki, did, though, maintain the administration’s commitment to disclose positive COVID-19 tests among “commissioned officers.”

“According to an agreement we made during the transition, we committed we would release information proactively,” Psaki said, adding that they “continue to abide by that commitment.”

When pressed further about whether there were previously undisclosed positive COVID cases among White House staff, Psaki said “that’s correct.” 

“There are hundreds of thousands in the federal government,” Psaki said, maintaining their commitment to make information available to the public. 

Psaki added that the White House staffer who tested positive for COVID this week was not a commissioned officer, and further confirmed that the other breakthrough cases among White House staff also were not commissioned officers.

Psaki said if a commissioned officer within the White House or administration tests positive, the White House would disclose that information. 

The White House official who tested positive for COVID-19 off White House grounds. 

“In accordance with our rigorous COVID-19 protocols, the official remains off campus as they wait for the a confirmatory PCR test,” a White House official said. “The White House Medical Unit has conducted contact tracing interviews and determined no close contacts among White House principals and staff. The individual has mild symptoms.” 

The official added that the administration knows “that there will be breakthrough cases, but as this instance shows, cases in vaccinated individuals are typically mild.” 

“The White House is prepared for breakthrough cases with regular testing,” the official said. “This is another reminder of the efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccines against severe illness or hospitalization.” 

The official added: “We wish our colleague a speedy recovery.” 

The news of the breakthrough cases come after six members of the Texas delegation tested positive for the virus after leaving the state capitol and coming to Washington last week in an attempt to thwart a special legislative session where Republicans seek to pass new election reforms.

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Vice President Kamala Harris met with members of the Texas delegation last Tuesday, but she’s since tested negative for COVID-19, Psaki confirmed on Monday.

“I think the vice president’s office put out that she was tested and there was no detection of COVID-19,” Psaki said. “They also put out some specific details about their proximity to the individuals who tested positive as well. We take these precautions incredibly seriously and abide by the guidance of our help and medical experts.”

Meanwhile, Drew Hammill, a top aide to Pelosi, said the unidentified staff member was fully vaccinated and did not have recent contact with the top California Democrat, though the speaker’s office is taking extra precautions as a result. 

“Yesterday, a fully vaccinated senior spokesperson in the speaker’s press office tested positive for COVID after contact with members of the Texas state legislature last week,” Hammill said in a statement obtained by Fox News.

“This individual has had no contact with the speaker since exposure. The entire press office is working remotely today with the exception of individuals who have had no exposure to the individual or have had a recent negative test.  Our office will continue to follow the guidance of the Office of Attending Physician closely.”

On Tuesday, Pelosi and her staff were spotted wearing masks again at the Capitol. Following a loosening of mask restrictions by the Capitol physician, many members have opted against masks in recent weeks. 

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