Guatemala City (Washington Insider Magazine) On Monday, June 7, Vice President Kamala Harris spoke in Guatemala City, attempting to persuade migrants from coming to the United States. Harris spoke with President Alejandro Giammattei in Guatemala.
Harris delivered her first major speech saying, “Do not come. Do not come. The United States will continue to enforce our laws and secure our border.”
With an influx of people continually trying to get into the U.S., Biden’s administration has tried – through the months – to dissuade the migrants. Harris’ speech just reiterated that message.
The Republicans have criticized President Biden because of the southern border issue. Harris has taken on the problem in an attempt to “carve out an influential role for herself within the White House.”
Harris continued in Guatemala City. “I believe if you come to our border, you will be turned back. So let’s discourage our friends, our neighbors, our family members from embarking on what is otherwise an extremely dangerous journey.”
Harris said that she is in hope that her coming down to Guatemala and Mexico will have an impact on addressing the issues.
The Vice President was sidetracked on Sunday for several hours because Air Force Two had mechanical problems. The White House hopes that Harris’ two-day journey through Guatemala and Mexico City will help with the border problem.
Harris also spoke on the fact that the U.S. will share our vaccines to people in Guatemala and Mexico in order to “give people a sense of hope.”
The Department of Justice – earlier on Monday – “announced the formation of a task force targeting human trafficking and corruption in Mexico and the so-called Northern Triangle countries of Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras.”
With corruption being a huge problem in Guatemala, the reporters questioned Giammattei if he could “be relied on to join in the anti-corruption effort.” Giammattei became “testy.” His answer was “How many cases of corruption have I been accused of? I can give you the answer: Zero.”
Harris will meet on Tuesday with President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrado of Mexico and be part of a roundtable discussion before returning to Washington, D.C.