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GUATEMALA CITY, GUATEMALA - JUNE 07: Vice President Kamala Harris speaks while Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei listens at the Palacio Nacional de la Cultura on on Monday, June 7, 2021. This week, the Vice President is visiting Guatemala and Mexico to discuss the root causes of migration from the Central American countries in what is known as the Northern Triangle Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala. (Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

Vice President Kamala Harris is set to make her first visit to the U.S.-Mexico border since taking office. The visit to El Paso, Texas, is planned for Friday and comes after criticism from members of both parties over her failing to go sooner despite her leading role in the administration’s response to a steep increase in migration. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas is joining Harris for the trip. So far, Harris has focused her efforts on improving economic and living conditions in the region. Her aides have insisted that her focus is distinct from the security issues that plague U.S. officials trying to handle a spike in border crossings.