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Harris says she will visit the U.S.-Mexico border, calls GOP criticism ‘shortsighted’

Vice President Kamala D. Harris on June 8 said it's "shortsighted" to not focus on the root causes of migration from Central America to the U.S. (Video: The Washington Post)
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Vice President Harris said Tuesday that she will visit the U.S.-Mexico border and rejected Republican criticism as “shortsighted” for failing to recognize the reason migrants are coming to the United States. Harris made the comments at a news conference after meeting with Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador in Mexico City as part of the second leg of her trip focused on addressing the root causes behind a surge in migration from Central America to the U.S. southern border.

Talks between President Biden and Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), the GOP point person on infrastructure spending, ended with no agreement as financing the plan with increases in corporate taxes proved unacceptable to Republicans. The White House said Biden would talk Tuesday afternoon with other senators about infrastructure as well.

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