Kamala Harris is set to visit the Koreas this week, sparking outrage among many Americans who see the trip as yet another failure to recognize the crisis within the United States at the unsecured southern border.
According to a report from NBC, Harris will be visiting the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) separating North and South Korea on the heels of North Korea’s aggressive decision to fire a ballistic missile in the sea ahead of her trip.
Rep. Ronny Jackson, R-Texas, slammed Harris’s move to visit the DMZ, highlighting the hypocrisy between the Biden administration’s handling of foreign relations and the United States’ internal affairs.
“Kamala is going to the Korean DMZ to review their border security,” Jackson wrote on Truth Social. “Would it be too much to ask for her to visit OUR BORDER!? Our country is being invaded, and Kamala’s biggest concern is to visit other nation’s borders. Kamala & Democrats are AMERICA LAST!”
Harris’s trip comes amid news of an unprecedented crisis at the southern border, where U.S. border arrests alone have exceeded two million in just one year. Per RSBN, those crossing the border illegally are coming from around the world, including places like Nicaragua, Venezuela, and Cuba.
In fact, according to the U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP), from October 2021 to August 2022, the total number of encounters at the southwest land border was 2,150,639.
CBP reported that encounters at the border, which included accompanied minors, single adults, family units, and unaccompanied children, for just the month of August surpassed 200,000. In fact, at least 100,000 people have been recorded crossing the border every month, according to the CBP’s data.
This is a stark contrast to 2019 and 2020 when President Donald Trump was in office. In 2019, the total number of encounters at the border was 977,509, and in 2020, encounters peaked at just 458,088 – largely because of the implementation of the Trump-era Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP).