New Mexico Republican Congresswoman Yvette Herrell challenged Vice President Kamala Harris to take leaders from both major parties with her when she visits leaders during her upcoming trip to Central America.
“I believe it is imperative that your discussions with the governments of Mexico and Central American countries include members of Congress, especially those members from border communities and those on both sides of the aisle,” Herrell wrote in a letter to the vice president.
“This crisis can only be solved with bipartisan input and perspective from those who represent areas along the southern border.
“I would be pleased to host you in New Mexico’s Second District as well as join you on your trip to Mexico and Guatemala to bring firsthand knowledge of what the border crisis means for those who live there and are affected daily,” Herrell wrote.
Herrell’s district includes part of the U.S.-Mexico border, making the issue more personal for her voters. The congresswoman’s offer to visit Guatemala and Mexico in June would allow a personal opportunity to become more involved in addressing Harris’ “root issues of migration.”
In addition, Herrell noted in her letter the Biden administration’s plan to send $4 billion in American taxpayer funding to Central America could further the border crisis.
Herrell said the funding could “exacerbate our border crisis.”
Harris has not yet responded to the lawmaker’s letter, though there is a low expectation that the vice president will take the congresswoman up on her offer to join her in traveling to Central America.