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Harris emphasizes addressing ’causes’ of migration

U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris stressed the importance of addressing the ’causes’ of migration in her latest remarks during a trip to Mexico and Central America to address the increase in migrants on the southwestern U.S. border.

“I want to be very clear that the problem at the border stems largely, if not entirely, from the problems in these countries,” Harris told reporters Tuesday night.

“I can not say this enough: most people do not want to leave home. And when they do, it is usually for one of two reasons: whether they are fleeing or staying at home means that they do not can provide for the basic needs of their families. ”

US Vice President Kamala Harris waves while on board Air Force Two at Benito Juarez International Airport following her first international trip as Vice President to Guatemala and Mexico, Mexico, June 8, 2021.

Harris underlined talks with Guatemalan officials in which agreements were reached for the US to fund projects that eradicate corruption, strengthen the rights of laborers and farmers, empower young women and more.

Earlier Tuesday, Harris met with Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador in Mexico City to discuss strengthening economic conditions in Central America.

Asked by a reporter whether the US had made specific commitments to increase the legal route to migration, including work permits, Harris said there were discussions but ‘no promises’ were made.

Harris and Lopez Obrador saw assistants sign a ‘memorandum of understanding’ to establish a ‘strategic partnership’ to work together on development programs in the Northern Triangle ‘countries of Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras.

Vice President Kamala Harris and Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador arrive for a bilateral meeting at the National Palace in Mexico City on June 8, 2021.

Tens of thousands of their citizens have left home to migrate through Mexico to try to reach the United States in recent months, with more than 178,000 migrants reaching the U.S. border in April, nearly half of Central America.

Harris had a blunt message for migrants in Latin America on Monday when she visited Guatemala: “Do not come.” She said the US “is not afraid” to enforce its immigration laws and stop people at the border.

However, US President Joe Biden has allowed unaccompanied migrant children to remain in the United States, unlike former President Donald Trump, who expelled them.

López Obrador responded to a reporter’s written question as to whether Mexico was willing to apply immigration, saying he and Harris would ‘touch on the subject but always address the fundamental causes’ of the increase in migrants.

According to her spokeswoman, Harris told the Mexican leader in their private talks that the US would make new efforts to increase economic investment in southern Mexico, including loans for affordable housing.

In addition, the U.S. has committed about $ 130 million over the next three years to support workers and labor reforms. Harris told Lopez Obrador that the U.S. would provide more forensic and law enforcement training in Mexico to solve more than 82,000 cases of missing persons and disappearances, which is important to the Mexican leader.

After a meeting with Lopez Obrador, Harris talks to female entrepreneurs and holds a roundtable discussion with workers.

Ricardo Zuniga, US President Joe Biden’s special envoy for the Northern Triangle, speaks to the media in San Salvador, El Salvador, on May 12, 2021.

Ricardo Zúñiga, the US envoy for the Northern Triangle, told reporters before Tuesday’s meetings that the United States and Mexico “have not had this level of cooperation in Central America before.”

“The most important thing is that it is very important to show that the United States and Mexico are working together and trying to improve the conditions on the ground among our neighbors, because of the importance that the countries in Central America have for both of us,” said Zúñiga. “We are both countries of destination for migration from Central America, and we both have the same problems in ensuring that we have legal avenues for migration and temporary labor.”

Harris’ talks in Mexico were similar to those in Guatemala, where she emphasized ‘the power of hope’ along with new efforts to fight corruption.

‘I am here because the main causes are my top priority to address the problem, and we must deal with it, both in terms of the poverty we see, the hunger we see, the effects of the hurricanes and the extreme climatic conditions “What we see in terms of the pandemic,” Harris told reporters.

Judge Vice President Kamala Harris listens as women talk to her about their businesses during a meeting with Guatemalan women entrepreneurs and innovators at the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala, June 7, 2021, in Guatemala City.

Harris’ trip, however, holds many of the U.S. implications, as Republicans blame Biden and Harris for the increase in migrants trying to cross the southwestern border with Mexico.

At a news conference in Guatemala City, Harris turned down a question about when she would visit the border, though she did say at one point.

At a recent news conference, some Republicans displayed a milk carton that Harris proposed with the caption: “MISSING AT THE BORDER.”

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