Kamala Harris Tells Guatemalans: Don't Come To The US

Kamala Harris Tells Guatemalans: Don't Come To The US

Kamala Harris Tells Guatemalans: Don't Come To The US

Vice President Kamala Harris is in Guatemala to meet with President Alejandro Giammattei, and during their joint press conference Monday, the vice president said anyone thinking about making the risky trek to the US-Mexico border should not come.

"Most people don't want to leave home; they don't want to leave the place where they grew up, where the language they know is spoken, where the culture they know is present and has been for centuries", she added.

She added, "The United States will continue to enforce our laws and secure our border".

President Biden charged Harris with heading the White House's response to stemming Central American migration in late March, as the administration scrambled to address the latest influx of migrants, including record numbers of unaccompanied children, arriving without documentation at the U.S. -Mexico border. She also sought to discourage further migration from the region, insisting that those who arrive at the US border without proper documentation "will be turned back".

The humanitarian challenge has created a political problem for the Biden administration.

Speaking at a news conference with Giammattei, Harris delivered a blunt message to anyone thinking of making the unsafe journey north: "Do not come".

Vice President Kamala Harris disembarks Air Force Two in Guatemala City, Guatemala, on Sunday, June 6, during her first foreign trip in office.

Harris announced the formation of an anti-corruption task force, comprised of officials from the departments of Justice, Treasury and State, to address another thorny issue in the region.

"The president and I discussed the importance of anti-corruption and the importance of an independent judiciary", Harris said.

Most Guatemalan migrants leave because of poverty, he said, and come from a few rural municipalities. She said she was working on the ground in Guatemala.

U.S. Attorney General Merrick B. Garland said the Joint Task Force Alpha would marshal Justice Department and Homeland Security resources against "the most prolific and dangerous" human smuggling and trafficking groups in the region, according to a statement. There are legal methods by which migration can and should occur. It said the group will complement efforts against corrupt actors.

"I am against her stepping over the sovereignty of the Guatemalan...most of all to bring an anti-corruption agenda, where they protect good but corrupt people, where she has met with convicts in the United States", stated Jorge Lemus, former captain of infantry for the Guatemalan Army.

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