Vice President Kamala Harris arrived in New Hampshire on Friday for her sixth domestic journey since taking charge of border diplomacy.
In the northern state, which borders Canada, she will focus on promoting President Joe Biden’s $ 2 trillion infrastructure plan, attending a listening session, visiting a local union, and making comments.
Harris has yet to visit the southern border after Biden named her the most important person about the increase in migration there.
At her first stop in New Hampshire, the vice president visited the New Hampshire Electric Cooperative, where she pushed for more broadband internet access – a key item in Biden’s infrastructure law. A similar provision is in the republican counter-law on infrastructure.
A few protesters were on hand to greet her, one of them holding an arrow-shaped sign that reads, “Mexico – 2,254 miles.”
But Harris continued to focus on the subject at hand.
“Many of us grew up with – you know, we had to do our homework and if you needed help you went to the Encyclopedia Britannica. Those days are over! Now you must have access to the Internet, ”she said.
Vice President Kamala Harris arrived in New Hampshire on Friday for her sixth domestic journey since taking charge of border diplomacy
Vice President Kamala Harris is greeted by Andrew Hosmer, Mayor of Laconia, left, Senator Maggie Hassan (DN.H.), right, and Representative Chris Pappas (DN.H.) second from left
But she also pointed out how Internet access helps with essential services, especially during the pandemic.
Think of our seniors. The pandemic has made it so obvious that some of our most vulnerable, those most in need of healthcare, cannot get to a doctor. But we have something like telemedicine, where you can be diagnosed, you can get treatment – * if * if you have broadband access, ‘she said.
Broadband internet access became a bigger problem during the COVID outbreak when people closed telecommuting and schools and turned to online learning.
Harris has been on his way to sell Biden’s massive infrastructure bill. It’s one of many issues she has taken on as vice president, including border policy.
The Biden administration has been criticized by Republicans for the way they are tackling the border, where a record number of migrants cross the border.
According to Customs and Border Patrol data, the number of immigrants apprehended along the southern border has increased from 96,974 in February to 168,195 in March. The last time the one-month detentions were this high was in March 2001.
CBP data also showed that from February to March, a 174% increase in the number of family units along the border and a 101% increase in unaccompanied children.
Harris has convened Central America leaders and held meetings on the issue, including hosting philanthropists in her White House office on Thursday to learn about the challenges facing the northern triangular countries of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, where many of the migrants come from.
She insisted that Central American migrants don’t really want to leave their homelands and flee to the US
“The way I look at it, people don’t want to leave home,” Harris said prior to meeting the leaders of major philanthropic organizations. “They don’t want to leave their grandparents, they don’t want to leave the culture.”
Last month, the White House announced Harris as the ‘Tsar’ at the border, claiming she would lead the government’s response to the crisis. In her 30 days as a point person, Harris has neither visited the border nor held major press conferences on the matter.
At her first stop in New Hampshire, Vice President Kamala Harris visited the New Hampshire Electric Cooperative, where she pushed for more broadband internet.
Vice President Kamala Harris is in New Hampshire to promote President Joe Biden’s $ 2 trillion infrastructure plan
She announced last week that she would be visiting Guatemala and Mexico ‘soon’, and a White House official said Wednesday: according to Reuters, the trip would come in June.
Harris will also hold a virtual meeting with Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei on Monday to discuss solutions.
“We need to give people a sense of hope, a sense of hope that help is on the way, a sense of hope that if they stay, it will get better,” the vice president continued in brief remarks for her meeting on Thursday.
‘This is a problem that has been around for a long time. It’s complicated. If it had been easy it would have been resolved a long time ago. ‘
In addition, during a trip to North Carolina on Monday, Harris said she is bringing several US agencies – including the Departments of Commerce and Agriculture – together to address the core problem of migration, including trade, poverty and food insecurity.
“ This week I’m bringing foundation leaders from around the country to really encourage them to do more in the field of civil society, which is both about growing the work they’ve already done historically, but also about engaging civil society in the Northern Triangle region, ‘she said.
Friday, meanwhile, marks her visit to New Hampshire since running for president. New Hampshire is home to the nation’s first presidential primary and plays a significant role in the nomination process.