Social Media Posts Mislead on Harris Border Trip - FactCheck.org

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Some popular online posts suggest that Vice President Kamala Harris' trip to El Paso is "over 1000 miles away" from the "border crisis." It's true that other areas -- including the Rio Grande Valley -- are experiencing higher levels of border activity, as critics have noted, but El Paso is a hotspot for illegal immigration.
Some popular online posts suggest that Vice President Kamala Harris' trip to El Paso is "over 1000 miles away" from the "border crisis." It's true that other areas — including the Rio Grande Valley — are experiencing higher levels of border activity, as critics have noted, but El Paso is a hotspot for illegal immigration.

Vice President Kamala Harris traveled to the U.S. southern border in El Paso on June 25 — a move that comes amid an influx of immigrants illegally crossing the border. It followed criticism by Harris' political opponents that she had not yet gone to see the issues firsthand.

In the days leading up to the trip, the choice of location became a point of criticism, too.

Texas Rep. Henry Cuellar, a Democrat, called the destination of El Paso "politically safer." And Politico cited two unnamed sources in reporting that the location for Harris' trip was chosen in part "because El Paso is in less of a crisis than other areas."

But some popular online posts took the critique further, leaving the misleading impression that El Paso, in the western corner of Texas, was not truly a visit to the "border" (quotation marks theirs) or that the "border crisis" didn't apply to El Paso.

"Kamala finally has an upcoming border trip. Problem is, she's going to El Paso," reads a Facebook post shared more than 1,200 times. The post features a…
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