AGI – “Do not come” to the US, because “if you arrive at our border, you will be sent back”. Thus the vice president of the United States, Kamala Harris, during her visit to Guatemala, addressed potential migrants.
“Most people do not want to leave the place where they grew up”, but often they do “because they run away or because they simply cannot meet their basic needs while staying at home”, acknowledged the number two of the Biden administration, meeting the Guatemalan president Alejandro Giammattei.
But instead of making the trip to the US, Harris called on Guatemala to “work together” to find solutions to “long-standing problems.” People must be given “a sense of hope that help is on the way”. The goal is “to create conditions in Guatemala so that (young people) may they find the hope they don’t have today“, he added.
The “task force” against human trafficking
During her visit to Guatemala, Harris announced a joint human trafficking task force, women’s empowerment program, and anti-corruption task force to help local law enforcement pros pursue cases.
Faced with criticism from Republicans that neither she nor President Joe Biden has yet visited the southern border, she stressed that with her trip to Central America she discussed issues in a “meaningful way and with real results” instead of making “big gestures”.
The number two of the US administration then flew to Mexico to meet President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. The White House has promised to implement a more humane immigration policy after Donald Trump’s uncompromising approach, but the GOP accuses it of creating a “crisis” on the southern border due to the inability to curb immigration .