Protesters Await Kamala Harris at Border With 'Que Mala' and 'Trump Won' Signs

Critics of Vice President Kamala Harris were lined up to protest early Friday morning ahead of the vice president's first visit to the U.S.-Mexico border in El Paso, Texas.

Harris, who President Joe Biden tasked with spearheading his administration's response to undocumented immigration and the influx of migrants at the border, is scheduled to visit the El Paso Central Processing Center, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) facility, on Friday. The vice president will be joined by Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas as well as a couple of Democratic lawmakers.

Protesters awaiting Harris' arrival held signs showing support for former President Donald Trump, with some falsely asserting that "Trump won" the 2020 election, video from the demonstration posted online showed. Several held signs reading "Que Mala Harris," a Spanish play on the vice president's name. "Que mala" translates in English to "how mean." One demonstrator held a sign that asked, "Kamala do you hear their screams?"

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In a clip, a protestor can be heard saying: "You came a little too late."

"We have had this crisis for years. We need solutions. We don't need you parading in the Border Patrol station, or acting like you care," the demonstrator continues. "Americans matter. America matters. God bless you America."

Harris and Biden have faced substantial criticism from Republicans and some Democratic lawmakers over their response to the uptick in undocumented migrants coming to the southern border. GOP lawmakers have attacked Harris for not visiting the border sooner, particularly because she has been tasked with leading the administration's response to the situation.

In May, CBP encountered more than 180,000 migrants crossing the southwestern border with Mexico. That represented a 1 percent increase over April and a more substantial increase over the approximately 172,000 migrants CBP detained in March. Republicans have argued that Biden's rollback of some of Trump's hardline immigration policies have resulted in the surge in undocumented immigrants and asylum seekers.

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Vice President Kamala Harris talks to reporters after arriving at El Paso International Airport on June 25 in El Paso, Texas. PATRICK T. FALLON/AFP via Getty Images

Earlier in June, Harris visited Central America to meet with leaders there to discuss the situation. The bulk of migrants coming to the U.S. hail from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras. During a press conference with Guatemala's President Alejandro Giammattei, the vice president urged Central Americans not to make the risky journey north to the U.S. border.

"I want to be clear to folks in this region who are thinking about making that dangerous trek to the United States-Mexico border: Do not come. Do not come," Harris said in June. She asserted that "the United States will continue to enforce our laws and secure our border."

Newsweek reached out to the White House for comment but did not immediately receive a response.