Vice President Kamala Harris flew into Los Angeles following a visit to the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas, and she is expected to spend the night at her Brentwood home.
Harris flew to El Paso, Texas, Friday morning for her much-anticipated border tour. She arrived in Los Angeles early Friday afternoon, traveling by motorcade on the northbound San Diego (405) Freeway into Brentwood.
The motorcade prompted some temporary closures along the freeway and along residential streets in the West Los Angeles area.
Harris was accompanied on her border visit by Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. She had come under criticism from lawmakers — mainly Republicans but also from some Democrats — who questioned why she had not visited the border three months after being appointed by President Joe Biden to lead efforts to address the nation’s immigration system.
“It was always the plan to be come here,” Harris told reporters upon her arrival in El Paso. “And I think we’re going to have a good and productive day.”
She stressed that she has “been to the border many times” and was focused on addressing not only the situation at the border but also on the “causes” driving the wave of immigration into the country. She said her visit was about “looking at the effects of what we have seen happening in Central America.”
Harris took a tour of the Customs and Border Protection facility in El Paso, then made a stop at the Paso Del Norte Port of Entry, considered one of the busiest pedestrian border crossings. During her visit, she met with five immigrant girls, aged 9-16, urging them to “work hard, study, dream and hope.”
The stopover in Los Angeles is Harris’ fourth since becoming vice president. She most recently visited over Easter weekend.