U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris walks with Lt. Col Richard "Rick" Hulun, 89th Maintenance Group Deputy, as she boards Air Force Two to travel to El Paso, Texas from Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, U.S., June 25, 2021. REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein
By Nandita Bose
EL PASO, Texas (Reuters) -Vice President Kamala Harris visited a border patrol facility near the U.S.-Mexico border on Friday and urged a focus on children and practical solutions to migration, in a trip meant to blunt Republican criticism of White House immigration policies.
The visit - her first since becoming vice president five months ago - came amid a rise in migrants caught crossing the border, which has sparked outrage from Republicans who favor the stricter immigration policies implemented by former President Donald Trump.