Months after being appointed as the border czar, Vice President Kamala Harris has yet to visit the U.S. southern border. However, she did fly south to Guatemala in order to speak with their leaders about potential “root causes” of the unprecedented surge in illegal migration to the U.S. starting in January.
After handing out cookies of her own face to reporters, Harris and her staff tried to sell the narrative that the border crisis is actually the fault of sins from previous administrations, somehow responsible for causing adverse climate change and damaging Central American economies.
— Vice President Kamala Harris (@VP) June 7, 2021
WATCH: Vice President Harris speaks with Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei about migration, in her first foreign trip as VP.
— CBS News (@CBSNews) June 7, 2021
However, before her plane touched down, the President of Guatemala, Alejandro Giammattei slammed the Biden administration for their policy of “family reunification,” a policy which has been exploited by smugglers and human traffickers since the start of the year.
Giammattei told CBS that the moment the message of reuniting families was broadcast by Biden’s administration, smugglers, who he refers to as “the coyotes,” began “organizing groups of children [for transport] to the United States.”
Joe Biden is responsible for this border crisis.
— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) June 7, 2021
Upon landing, Harris found herself greeted with droves of protestors, hostile to her Democrat administration for allowing the dominance and thriving of criminal organizations who have only empowered themselves with the foreign aid that the Biden administration has issued.
— Javier Manjarres (@JavManjarres) June 6, 2021
Special envoy Richard Zuniga appears to have a clearer view of the so called “root causes” of the problem, targeting “corruption as. . . the most important. . . to be dealt with.”
Harris is taking a two-day trip to the region, with Guatemala covered she will be spending Tuesday in Mexico. The goal is to discuss how to improve economic opportunities in the region as well as strengthen the rule of law.
However, Giammattei said that he does not find himself to be of a similar mindset with the Vice President or her administration, and openly criticized the policies that they implemented the moment they took power as a type of welcoming message for migrants. Where Harris blames the crisis on the weather, Giammattei places blame with her bad border policy.
Author: Danielle Patterson