Kamala Harris taunted by protesters with ‘Trump won’ signs on border trip and tries to blame Donald for migrant crisis

KAMALA Harris was taunted by protesters waving “Que Mala” and “Trump Won” signs as she arrived at a migrant holding facility during her long-anticipated visit to the US-Mexico border.

The VP toured the El Paso Central Processing Center in Texas on Friday as part of her first visit to the border in the 93 days since she was designated the Biden administration’s point-person in tackling the migrant crisis.

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The VP toured the El Paso Central Processing Center in Texas on Friday as part of her first visit to the border since taking office

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The VP toured the El Paso Central Processing Center in Texas on Friday as part of her first visit to the border since taking officeCredit: Splash
Harris was greeted by an animated crowd of MAGA supporters as she arrived at the facility

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Harris was greeted by an animated crowd of MAGA supporters as she arrived at the facilityCredit: The Mega Agency
'Kamala do you hear their screams?' read one sign

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‘Kamala do you hear their screams?’ read one signCredit: The Mega Agency

Harris has been routinely criticized over her handling of the surge in migrant crossings since she and Biden took office five months ago.

And any hope she’d be welcomed to the beleaguered region with open arms evaporated within moments of her arrival.

Instead of cheers, the vice president was met with a procession of MAGA protesters waving pro-Trump flags and holding up signs that mocked her border response.

Some of the protesters wielded signs falsely claiming that “Trump Won” the 2020 election, an unfounded claim Trump has himself repeatedly espoused since losing the vote to Biden in November.

Others held banners that read “Que Mala Harris” – a play of the VP’s name which, when translated to Spanish, means “how mean.”

Additional slogans like, “Kamala, do you hear their screams?” were seen emblazoned on placards in reference to the child migrants being held in cramped detention facilities.

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One sign asked how many “little girls need to be raped” before the administration declares the situation at the border a “crisis.”

Harris border visit on Friday came 93 days after she was designated the migrant crisis czar

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Harris border visit on Friday came 93 days after she was designated the migrant crisis czarCredit: The Mega Agency
She sought to lay place on the Trump administration for the 'tough situation' Biden inherited when he took office

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She sought to lay place on the Trump administration for the ‘tough situation’ Biden inherited when he took officeCredit: Alamy
Others held banners that read 'Que Mala Harris' - a play of the VP's name which, when translated to Spanish, means 'how mean.'

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Others held banners that read ‘Que Mala Harris’ – a play of the VP’s name which, when translated to Spanish, means ‘how mean.’Credit: Reuters
'The Spirit of America Begins At The Border', read another

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‘The Spirit of America Begins At The Border’, read anotherCredit: AFP

In a video posted to social media, one pro-Trump protester can be heard saying, “You can a little too late” shortly before Harris’ motorcade whizzed past.

“We have had this crisis for years. We need solutions. We don’t need you parading in the Border Patrol station, or acting like you care,” the demonstrator continues.

“Americans matter. America matters. God bless you America.”

Harris’ border trip on Friday came after months of GOP pressure and criticism over her seeming unwillingness to visit the region – despite being tasked by Biden to address the “root causes” of migrant crossings in March.

A border agent speaking on the condition of anonymity told Fox News he wasn’t “surprised” it took so long for Harris to make the trip.

“I’m not surprised. She doesn’t think this is a problem,” the agent said. “If Vice President Harris truly wanted to assess the situation at the border, she’d head to McAllen and sites along the Rio Grande Valley.

“It will be worth seeing if this trip extends beyond a rubber stamp of ‘I visited the border.’” 

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Harris was criticized by Trump and numerous members of the GOP for opting to visit El Paso

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Harris was criticized by Trump and numerous members of the GOP for opting to visit El PasoCredit: EPA
Harris told reporters she has 'always planned' to visit the border

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Harris told reporters she has ‘always planned’ to visit the borderCredit: CNP
It came within days of Trump announcing plans to tour the McAllen region with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott next week

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It came within days of Trump announcing plans to tour the McAllen region with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott next weekCredit: Reuters

As part of her visit, Harris toured El Paso Central Processing Center and met with migrant children who had been separated from their parents.

Addressing the media at the conclusion of her fleeting trip, Harris said Biden “inherited a tough situation” at the border from the previous administration, and blamed a series of “disastrous” Trump-era policies for contributing to the surge in crossings.

“This was an important trip,” she said, “and it was connected with the obvious point: If you want to deal with the problem you can’t just deal with the symptom, you have to address what caused it [too].”

Harris was criticized by Trump and numerous members of the GOP for opting to visit El Paso, opposed to the so-called “epicenter” of the migrant surge some 800 miles away in the Rio Grande Valley.

The Rio Grande has experienced more than two-and-a-half times more illegal crossings than El Paso in recent months.

More protesters are seen gathered outside of the El Paso facility

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More protesters are seen gathered outside of the El Paso facilityCredit: The Mega Agency
Harris did not comment on the protests

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Harris did not comment on the protestsCredit: Reuters

In a separate news conference, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said that Vice President Kamala Harris chose to visit El Paso because it was the place where Trump-era immigration policies were “so problematic.”

“It was the place where the former president … put in place some of his immigration policies that we felt were so problematic,” she told reporters.

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Adopting a similar stance in her press briefing, Harris said: “It is here in El Paso that the previous administration’s child separation policy was unveiled. And so we’ve seen the disastrous effects of that right here in this region.

“It is here in El Paso that the return to Mexico policy from the previous administration was implemented. We have seen the disaster that resulted from that here in El Paso.”

Harris routinely reiterated that the US needs to tackle the 'root problems' of immigration, but failed to suggest any ideas to do so

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Harris routinely reiterated that the US needs to tackle the ‘root problems’ of immigration, but failed to suggest any ideas to do soCredit: EPA

The timing of Harris’ trip to the border has also come under scrutiny.

Despite being tasked with spearheading the Biden administration’s border response 93 days ago, the White House only unveiled Harris’ plans to visit El Paso on Wednesday.

It came within days of Trump announcing plans to tour the McAllen region with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott next week.

A spokesperson for the former president, Liz Harrington, told Politico: “It’s clear the sole reason Kamala Harris is going to the border is because President Trump announced his trip. No one disputes this.

“That’s not leadership, that’s political panic.”

Trump himself said he made a “bet” that VP Harris would go to the border after he announced plans to do so last week.

Trump said Harris only decided to visit the border because he announced plans to do so last week

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Trump said Harris only decided to visit the border because he announced plans to do so last weekCredit: Alamy
Trump will visit McAllen with the governor of Texas next week

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Trump will visit McAllen with the governor of Texas next weekCredit: The Mega Agency

In an interview with The Rubin Report, which aired on Friday, Trump said: “As soon as I announced I’m going to the border, I actually made a minor bet.

“I said watch what happens she’s going to announce it right after I announced, as you know she announced that she’s going down.”

In a final dig, he then insinuated that the vice president “would’ve never gone to the border” if he wasn’t visiting next week.

Harris’ chief spokesperson, Symone Sanders, has pushed back against any such assertions.

“This administration does not take their cues from Republican criticism, nor from the former president of the United States of America,” she said.

“We have said over a number of different occasions, and the vice president has said over the course, over the last three months, that she would go to the border, she has been before, she would go again. She would go when it was appropriate, [and] when it made sense. And this trip tomorrow, this timing is what made sense.”

Elsewhere in her remarks on Friday, Harris routinely reiterated that the US needs to tackle the “root problems” of immigration but failed to suggest any ideas to do so.

She also called on lawmakers on both sides of the partisan divide to stop “finger-pointing” and instead “get to work” in Congress to enact meaningful reform.

“We need to stop finger-pointing and do what we need to do. We need immigration reform. Congress must act, let’s do the work,” the Vice President said.

“You can’t just react to a problem without acting on its roots,” she added.

“Our work has just begun but it must be ongoing. It must be part of longterm investment and we must be consistent.”

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