REPUBLICAN Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene chided Vice President Kamala Harris’s planned virtual meeting with Mexico’s president to discuss his tree-planting initiative as a green thumb sideshow from the “invasion” plaguing the region.
On Saturday, the controversial Congresswoman who pushed conspiracy theories, tweeted the veep by name for failing to take a trip to the southern border and instead prioritizing a “landscaping project” that would serve as a gateway to US citizenship.
Georgia congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene called out the Biden administration for working with Mexico on a “landscaping project” where employed workers will grow 3billion trees and earn citizenshipCredit: Twitter
Greene’s Saturday evening tweet claimed Kamala Harris “hasn’t gone to the border to look at the invasion happening or see the kids in Biden cages, but she is going to talk with Mexico about us paying for their landscaping project in MX, and giving work visas and citizenship to the illegals we hire to do it… Morons.”
The dig aimed at both President Biden and VP Harris – which rebranded the detained minors held in detention centers as “Biden cages” – featured a link to a Reuters article published on Saturday confirming Harris would be meeting with Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on May 7 to discuss his tree-planting program, called “Sembrando Vida” or “Sowing Life.”
The program’s goal is to plant 3 billion additional trees into Mexico and doing so there will be an estimated 1.2 million jobs created to effectively offset widespread poverty and perennial migration, the president said during a virtual climate summit at the White House last week, according to Reuters.
Pres. Obrador said Biden “could finance” the program’s growth into Central American countries like Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.
Kamala Harris has not yet visited border facilities nor held any significant press conferences on the issue since being named border czar weeks agoCredit: Getty
In a charged tweet, Rep. Majorie Taylor Greene questioned the Biden administration’s priorities to help Mexico with its tree planting initiative when the southern border is in crisisCredit: The Mega Agency
President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and US Vice President Kamala Harris will meet virtually on May 7 to discuss his tree-planting program, called “Sembrando Vida” or “Sowing Life” to create jobs by growing 3billion trees and help curb northern migrationCredit: Reuters
Migrants, especially young unaccompanied children, continue to surge over the US-Mexico borderCredit: Reuters
The record migrant surge has escalated since Biden took office, compelling Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene to call it an “invasion” in a recent critical tweetCredit: Getty
In response to the planned meeting between Harris and Obrador, VP spokeswoman, Symone Sanders, confirmed in a statement to Reuters that it “will deepen the partnership between our countries to achieve the common goals of prosperity, good governance, and addressing the root causes of migration.”
Harris has already admitted that she’s been a no-show at the southern border since Biden anointed her border “czar” weeks ago.
In an interview with CNN’s Dana Bash, Harris admitted she has yet to pay a visit to border despite the surge of undocumented people trying to enter the country.
She suggested she’s delegated the lionshare of responsibilities to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.
She also reiterated the effort to solve the border crisis with Mexico and Central American countries is going to be a slog.
“We are making progress but it is not going to evidence itself overnight”, she said.
As detention facilities house an overflow of immigrants trying to enter the US, Harris submits that the overwhelming number of Central American migrants want to remain in their home country.
“Most people don’t want to leave home, They don’t want to leave their grandparents.
“They don’t want to leave the place where they grew up.
“If parents and children cannot literally eat, if they cannot have the basic essential things that everyone needs to live, of course they’re going to flee.”
Already, there is confirmation of a marked spike in migrant children trying to cross the border at Mexico.
In fact, according to a recent Unicef report, children comprise at least 30 per cent of migrants in Mexican shelters, who come from Mexico and the so-called “Northern Triangle” countries of Central American countries Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador.
Half of them are attempting to cross into the US alone without a parent or guardian, which stands among the highest proportions ever recorded in Mexico.
The agency estimates that an average of 275 additional migrant children find themselves in Mexico every day after being detected by the authorities, waiting to cross into the US, or being returned, according to the report.
“I was heartbroken to see the suffering of so many young children, including babies, at the Mexican border with the U.S.,” said Jean Gough, UNICEF Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean after a five day visit to Mexico.
“Most of the shelter facilities I visited in Mexico are already overcrowded and cannot accommodate the increasing number of children and families migrating northward.
“We are deeply concerned that living conditions for migrant children and mothers in Mexico could soon deteriorate further.”
Although Harris admitted she won’t be traveling to the southern border anytime soon, she’s laid plans to visit with leaders in the Northern Triangle countries.
She said: “Yes, we’re working on a plan to get there, we’re working through COVID issues.”
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