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Vice President Harris speaking outside of Air Force Two in Atlanta, Georgia on June 18. Photo: Alex Edelman/AFP via Getty Images

Vice President Harris will visit the U.S.-Mexico border while in El Paso, Texas, on Friday, Politico first reported and Axios confirmed.

Why it matters: Harris, who President Biden put in charge of solving the migrant surge at the southern border, has faced accusations of ignoring the crisis — primarily from Republicans — for not visiting the border.

Harris’ trip will come just days before former President Trump visits the border with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) and several House Republicans, according to Politico.

  • She is expected to be accompanied by Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.

The big picture: Harris has defended her lack of a visit by pointing out that her focus is on addressing the underlying causes of migration in Northern Triangle nations and Mexico.

Go deeper ... Scoop: White House considering fast-track family deportations

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Jun 22, 2021 - Economy & Business

Time-saving tech is coming to two new U.S. border crossings

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Two giant infrastructure projects under construction in San Diego and Detroit aim to expedite the flow of people and goods throughout North America by using connected-vehicle technology.

Why it matters: The new international border crossings, both funded by public-private partnerships, are designed to bolster trade with Mexico and Canada while reducing wait times and improving local air quality.

U.S. gives asylum-seekers subject to "Remain in Mexico" policy another chance

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Thousands of asylum-seekers previously forced to wait in Mexico for their court hearings due to a Trump administration policy will be able to return to the United States for another chance at asylum, the Department of Homeland Security said Tuesday, per an AP report.

Why it matters: The policy change is the latest effort by the Biden administration to remedy Trump-era actions deems "cruel and inhumane" that tried to discourage asylum-seekers, per AP.

Updated 31 mins ago - Health

CDC: Vaccinated people in COVID hotspots should resume wearing masks

CDC director Rochelle Walensky and top infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci at a Senate HELP committee hearing. Photo: J. Scott Applewhite-Pool/Getty Images

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued updated guidance on Tuesday recommending that vaccinated people wear masks in indoor, public settings if they are in parts of the U.S. with substantial to high transmission, among other circumstances.

Why it matters: The guidance, a reversal from recommendations made two months ago, comes as the Delta variant continues to drive up case rates across the country. Millions of people in the U.S. — either by choice or who are ineligible — remain unvaccinated and at risk of serious infection.

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