Secretary of State Antony Blinken is set to travel to Costa Rica on Tuesday in a push to stem the prolonged migrant crisis, as critics say the Biden administration, specifically Vice President Kamala Harris, isn’t doing nearly enough to combat the migrant surge at the U.S.-Mexico border.
Harris was appointed in March by President Biden to lead diplomatic talks with Mexican and Northern Triangles leaders in order to solve the surge in migration that has led to an overwhelming crisis. While the White House has said Harris’ role is not the border per se, and is instead focused on dealing with the “root causes” of the crisis, critics have pushed back by arguing that in order to do that outreach, it is first necessary to see what is happening at the border.
“I’d say the vice president, if she’s actually addressing this issue, needs to do both, needs to go to the border, needs to understand the conditions that are being experienced, needs to understand and talk to the men and women of the Border Patrol, she needs to hear firsthand what they’re experiencing, because it’s all interrelated,” former acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf said last month.
Blinken is expected to meet with officials from Central America, Mexico and the Dominican Republic as well as Costa Rican government officials in San Jose on Tuesday.
Harris, meanwhile, has not yet announced any specific plans for visiting the U.S.-Mexico border communities but has scheduled visits to Mexico and Guatemala for early June after having held “virtual meetings” with top officials in both countries in recent weeks.
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The State Department said that while in San José, Blinken will meet with President Carlos Alvarado Quesada and Minister of Foreign Affairs Rodolfo Solano Quiros to discuss the “strong U.S.-Costa Rica relationship, which benefits the people of both our countries.” Blinken is then expected to participate in a meeting with senior leaders from member states of the Central America Integration System,
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