U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris fired back at Republicans criticizing her trip to Guatemala and Mexico but not going to the border. Harris said she is more concerned with “tangible” work rather than with “grand gestures.”

On Monday, June 7, Kamala Harris flew to Guatemala, the first stop on her first international tour as vice president, Fox2Now reported.

During her visit, Harris met with Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei to address migration issues in the U.S.

Earlier this year, President Joe Biden named Harris to manage the White House response to the migration crisis. This tour gives her the opportunity to highlight solutions.

“We had a robust, a candid and a thorough conversation about the many issues that are priorities for each of our countries,” Harris said.

Harris said the two talked about investing in the country and improving conditions so that people don’t emigrate.

“The president and I discussed the fundamental belief that most people don’t want to leave home,” the vice president said.

“Do not come. Do not come,” the vice president advised people contemplating the voyage. 

Harris emphasized legal immigration processes and stated that the United States would enforce rules against unlawful entry.

“If you come to our border, you will be turned back,” she said.

She stressed that the Biden administration is committed to upholding all U.S. laws, particularly those aimed at preventing people from illegally entering the country.

For months now, Republicans have wondered when Biden or Harris would physically go to the U.S.-Mexico border to view the immigration inflow for themselves, Washington Examiner reported.

Approximately 178,000 migrants were detained by U.S. border officers in April alone, the largest monthly total in 20 years.

“Kamala Harris should stop at the U.S. border on her way to Mexico and Guatemala tomorrow to see Biden’s record-breaking border crisis firsthand,” Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel tweeted last Saturday, June 5.

During a press conference with Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei on Monday, Harris said, “I will be focused on that kind of work as opposed to grand gestures,” emphasizing that her focus on fundamental problems is about taking “tangible steps.”

On Tuesday, June 8, Harris will fly to Mexico.

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