Congresswoman Escobar Statement on Vice President Harris’ Visit to El Paso
El Paso, Texas, June 25, 2021
Congresswoman Veronica Escobar issued the following statement after hosting Vice President Kamala Harris to El Paso:
“El Paso – America’s new Ellis Island – was ground-zero for the Trump administration’s cruelty at the border, has had to endure the deadly consequences of anti-immigrant rhetoric, and in the face of every challenge, has responded with compassion and goodwill. It is fitting that Vice President Harris accepted my invitation to visit this community as she continues her diplomatic work to address the root causes of migration.
“The highlights of her visit were the conversations she had with El Pasoans – tireless advocates and law enforcement – and with vulnerable young migrant girls seeking a better life. These conversations underscored the importance of border and migrant voices and the progress made by the Biden-Harris administration.
“Addressing America’s immigration challenges and building a fair and humane immigration system doesn’t begin and doesn’t end with Vice President Harris nor at our nation’s front door. It requires Congressional action, a multi-agency approach, international cooperation, and hard work. But I am hopeful now that we have leaders in the White House who are truly interested in addressing our challenges with strategy and humanity. I look forward to our continued work together.”