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The border's 2,254 miles the other away, Kamala: Harris flies to New Hampshire to tout Biden's broadband plan on her SIXTH trip in the 30 days since she was asked to deal with the migrant crisis

 Vice President Kamala Harris arrived in New Hampshire on Friday for her sixth domestic trip since she was placed in charge of border diplomacy. 

While in the northern state, which is on the border with Canada, she'll be focused on promoting President Joe Biden's $2 trillion infrastructure plan, attending a listening session, visiting a local union and making remarks.

Harris has yet to visit the Southern border after Biden named her the point person on the surge in migration there. 

At her first stop in New Hampshire, the vice president visited the New Hampshire Electric Cooperative, where she pushed for more broadband internet access - a key item in Biden's infrastructure bill. A similar provision is in the Republicans counter legislation on infrastructure. 

A few protesters were on hand to greet her, one held a sign shaped like an arrow that read: 'Mexico -- 2,254 mi.'

The New Hampshire GOP also tore into her trip with a tweet saying: 'As you travel over 2,300 miles away from El Paso, our country would be better served with an official visit to our southern border.'

The national GOP also said: 'Wrong border state, Kamala!' 

Vice President Kamala Harris arrived in New Hampshire on Friday for her sixth domestic trip since she was placed in charge of border diplomacy

Vice President Kamala Harris arrived in New Hampshire on Friday for her sixth domestic trip since she was placed in charge of border diplomacy

Vice President Kamala Harris is greeted by Andrew Hosmer, Mayor of Laconia, left, Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), right, and Rep. Chris Pappas (D-N.H.) second from left

Vice President Kamala Harris is greeted by Andrew Hosmer, Mayor of Laconia, left, Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), right, and Rep. Chris Pappas (D-N.H.) second from left

But Harris kept her focus on the topic at hand.'  

'Many of us grew up with - you know, we had to do our homework and if you needed help you went to the Encyclopedia Britannica. Those days are over! Now you've got to have access to the Internet,' she said. 

But she also pointed out how internet access helps with essential services, particularly during the pandemic.

'Think about our seniors. The pandemic made so clear that some of our most vulnerable, those that need healthcare the most, can't get to a doctor. But we have this thing called telemedicine where you can get diagnosed, you can get treatment -- *if*if you have access to broadband,' she said. 

Broadband internet access became a greater issue during the COVID outbreak as people telecommuted and schools closed, turning to online learning.

Harris has been on the road to sell Biden's massive infrastructure bill. It's one of the many issues she has taken on as vice president, including border policy.

The Biden administration has been criticized by Republicans for its handling of the border, where there are a record number of migrants crossing. 

The New Hampshire GOP tore into Kamala and told her to visit El Paso instead

The New Hampshire GOP tore into Kamala and told her to visit El Paso instead

According to Customs and Border Patrol data, the number of immigrants apprehended along the southern border jumped from 96,974 in February to 168,195 in March. The last time single-month apprehensions were that high was in March of 2001. 

CBP data also showed that from February to March, a 174% increase in the number of family units caught along the border and a 101% increase in unaccompanied children. 

Harris has called leaders Central America and held meetings on the issue, including hosting philanthropists in her White House office on Thursday to learn more about problems facing Northern Triangle countries of Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador, where many of the migrants are coming from.

She insisted that Central American migrants don't actually want to leave their home countries and flee to the U.S.

'The way I look at it, people don't want to leave home,' Harris said ahead of her meeting with the leaders of major philanthropist organizations. 'They don't want to leave their grandparents, they don't want to leave the culture.' 

Last month, the White House announced Harris as its border 'czar', claiming she would lead the administration's response to the crisis. In her 30 days as point person, Harris has not visited the border nor held any significant press conferences on the issue.

At her first stop in New Hampshire, Vice President Kamala Harris visited the New Hampshire Electric Cooperative, where she pushed for more broadband internet access

At her first stop in New Hampshire, Vice President Kamala Harris visited the New Hampshire Electric Cooperative, where she pushed for more broadband internet access

Vice President Kamala Harris is in New Hampshire to promote President Joe Biden's $2 trillion infrastructure plan

Vice President Kamala Harris is in New Hampshire to promote President Joe Biden's $2 trillion infrastructure plan


She announced last week she would be visiting Guatemala and Mexico 'soon,' and a White House official said Wednesday, according to Reuters, the trip would come in June.

Harris will also hold a virtual meeting with Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei on Monday, the official said, to discuss solutions.

'We have to give people a sense of hope, a sense of hope that help is on the way, a sense of hope that if they stay, things will get better,' the vice president continued in short remarks before her Thursday meeting.

'This is an issue that has been a long standing issue. It is complex. If it was easy, it would have been solved a long time ago.' 

Additionally, Harris said during a trip to North Carolina on Monday, that she is bringing together different US agencies - including the Departments of Commerce  and Agriculture - to address the root issue of migration, including trade, poverty and food insecurity.

'This week I'm bringing together foundation leaders from across our country to really encourage them to do more in terms of the civil society piece of this, which will be about both growing the work that they've already done historically, but also engaging civil society in the region in the Northern Triangle,' she said. 

Friday, meanwhile, marks her visit to New Hampshire since she ran for president. New Hampshire hosts the first-in-the-nation presidential primary and plays an important role in the nomination process. 

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