Harris Visits Guatemala, Tells Potential Migrants 'Do Not Come'

Headline Roundup June 7th, 2021

Vice President Kamala Harris told potential migrants not to come to the U.S. during her trip to Guatemala on Monday. In a press conference with Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei, Harris said she and Giammattei discussed some of the root causes of migration and some potential solutions, such as U.S. entrepreneurial investment, anti-corruption initiatives, climate action and other initiatives that could help Guatemala build their country and deter migration to the U.S. “The goal of our work is to help Guatemalans find hope at home,” Harris said. “At the same time, I want to be clear to folks in this region who are thinking about making that dangerous trek to the United States – Mexico border, do not come, do not come." Giammattei also said in the press conference that the U.S. is reportedly working on a process with Guatemala to allow people to migrate to the U.S. through visas. This comes after U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials reported over 178,000 migrants at the southern border in April, 17,000 of whom were unaccompanied minors. 

Coverage from the left and center tended to focus on the details of the talks between Harris and Giammattei, as well as their press conference remarks. Some coverage from the right highlighted Republican criticism of Harris' handling of the border, including the fact that she has yet to visit any border sites. 

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U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris said on Monday she had “robust” talks with Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei on the need to fight corruption to help deter undocumented immigration from Central America to the United States.

At a news conference with Giammattei, Harris said a U.S. task force would work with local prosecutors to punish corrupt actors in the region.

The Biden administration has identified corruption as an underlying cause of the poverty and violence driving record numbers of Central Americans to go to the United States

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From the Left
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Vice President Kamala Harris discouraged would-be migrants from making the trek to the United States during her trip to Guatemala on Monday. It's her first trip abroad as vice president, and she's tasked with leading U.S. diplomatic efforts in the region to stem the flow of migrants to the southern border. 

"I want to be clear to folks in this region who are thinking about making that dangerous trek to the United States-Mexico border," Harris said during a press conference with Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei Monday. "Do not come. Do...

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During a joint press conference with Guatemala President Alejandro Giammattei, Vice President Kamala Harris had message for Central Americans considering illegally migrating to the United States: “Do not come.”

“We will discourage illegal migration,” she commented. “The United States will continue to enforce our laws and secure our border.” 

“There are legal methods by which migration can and should occur,” Harris added.

The Biden administration has taken a tepid rhetorical stance on border enforcement and has rolled back a number of Trump-era policies, prompting a massive influx of unauthorized migrants, including unaccompanied minors,...

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