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World Protesters in Guatemala Meet Kamala Harris With 'Trump Won' Signs

02:00  08 june  2021
02:00  08 june  2021 Source:   newsweek.com

Harris tackles migration in high-profile visit to Guatemala and Mexico. Here’s what’s on the agenda.

  Harris tackles migration in high-profile visit to Guatemala and Mexico. Here’s what’s on the agenda. Vice President Kamala Harris hopes to address the root causes of migration, a politically fraught issue that's vexed several administrations.It's a tall order for Harris, whose portfolio expanded earlier this week when President Joe Biden tapped her to lead the administration's efforts to protect voting rights as several Republican-led states move to restrict access to the ballot.

U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris was met by protesters holding signs reading messages such as "Trump won" and "Go home" in Guatemala on Monday, the New York Post reported, as the country's president blames the Biden administration for this year's migrant crisis.

a group of people posing for the camera: TOPSHOT - US Vice President Kamala Harris and Guatemala's Minister of Foreign Affairs Pedro Brolo face each other and place their right hand over their heart upon arrival at the Aeropuerto Internacional La Aurora in Guatemala City on June 6, 2021. - US Vice President Kamala Harris will visit Guatemala and Mexico this week, bringing a message of hope to a region hammered by Covid-19 and which is the source of most of the undocumented migrants seeking entry to the US. © Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images TOPSHOT - US Vice President Kamala Harris and Guatemala's Minister of Foreign Affairs Pedro Brolo face each other and place their right hand over their heart upon arrival at the Aeropuerto Internacional La Aurora in Guatemala City on June 6, 2021. - US Vice President Kamala Harris will visit Guatemala and Mexico this week, bringing a message of hope to a region hammered by Covid-19 and which is the source of most of the undocumented migrants seeking entry to the US.

The posters were visible from Harris' motorcade on her way to meet with Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei. Some of the signs were posted on Twitter, including one that reads, "Kamala, mind your own business."

Harris keeps goals modest for first foreign trip

  Harris keeps goals modest for first foreign trip The vice president is focused on in-person engagement when she visits Guatemala and Mexico, her first trip abroad since being inaugurated.The goal for her two-day visit to Guatemala and Mexico isn’t to roll out a massive plan to solve the problems driving thousands to flee the region, according to administration officials, people close to the White House and experts, but simply to show that the U.S. cares and isn’t just looking for quick fixes.

Another sign featured an edited image of Harris depicting her as pregnant with the words "Guatemala is pro-life #momalahelpme," despite the fact that Harris does not have biological children.

Harris is on her first foreign visit to Guatemala and Mexico as vice president this week, and spoke with Giammattei on deterring immigration from Central America into the United States.

Her visit came one day after Giammattei accused the U.S. of luring Guatemalan citizens north during the COVID-19 pandemic. In a CBS interview on Sunday, Giammattei spoke about the migration crisis.

Harris focuses on migration as she takes 1st foreign trip to Guatemala, Mexico

  Harris focuses on migration as she takes 1st foreign trip to Guatemala, Mexico Vice President Kamala Harris will participate in bilateral meetings with the presidents of Guatemala and Mexico this week to discuss the flow of migration. Her trip -- to Guatemala and Mexico -- is part of a two-track approach to the issue, senior administration officials have said, of "stemming the flow" in the near term and establishing a "strategic partnership" with Mexico and Northern Triangle countries "to enhance prosperity, combat corruption and strengthen the rule of law" in the longer term.

"We asked the United States government to send more of a clear message to prevent more people from leaving," Giammattei said.

During the interview on Sunday, Giammattei said he and Harris "are not on the same side of the coin" with regards to migration.

During a news conference with Giammattei on Monday, Harris said the two had a "robust" conversation on migration, Reuters reported. Harris also delivered a message to potential immigrants from Central America, saying: "Do not come."

"The president and I discussed that fundamentally, most people do not want to leave home, they don't want to leave the place where the language they know is spoken," Harris said.

The number of undocumented immigrants apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border reached over 178,000 people in April, according to statistics released by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The increase in illegal immigration has been attributed to President Joe Biden's policies by critics, the New York Post reported.

Guatemala is Kamala Harris' first stop on her trip to talk migration. Why is that nation an important player?

  Guatemala is Kamala Harris' first stop on her trip to talk migration. Why is that nation an important player? Over the past several months, Vice President Kamala Harris has worked closely with Guatemala and Mexico to address the root causes of migration.The Biden administration is set to unveil migrant smuggling and human trafficking actions with the aim of announcing additional anti-corruption measures, a senior administration official who briefed reporters traveling with Harris on the condition of anonymity.

Among those policies include an end to Trump's "remain in Mexico" policy that required asylum-seekers to remain in Mexico while waiting for decisions in their cases. The move was applauded by Democrats and groups like Amnesty International, but criticized by Republicans, according to the Border Report.

Biden also implemented a plan to fast-track cases of families stuck at the U.S.-Mexico border in immigration court.

Many immigrants come from the three countries that comprise the Northern Triangle, of Central America, which includes Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, and the U.S. government has pressing those countries to do more to tackle corruption and dissuade citizens from emigrating, Reuters reported.

Harris will depart from Guatemala on Monday evening to travel to Mexico. She will then hold meetings on immigration with President Andrés Manuel López Obrador on Tuesday.

Kamala Harris standing in front of a mirror posing for the camera: GUATEMALA CITY, GUATEMALA - JUNE 07: Vice President Kamala Harris speaks during a press conference at the Palace of Culture on June 07, 2021 in Guatemala City, Guatemala. In her first trip abroad as vice president, Kamala Harris is traveling to Guatemala and Mexico, where she'll meet with foreign leaders in hopes of forging partnerships to help stem migration to the U.S. by addressing its root causes. Josue Decavele/Getty Images © Josue Decavele/Getty Images GUATEMALA CITY, GUATEMALA - JUNE 07: Vice President Kamala Harris speaks during a press conference at the Palace of Culture on June 07, 2021 in Guatemala City, Guatemala. In her first trip abroad as vice president, Kamala Harris is traveling to Guatemala and Mexico, where she'll meet with foreign leaders in hopes of forging partnerships to help stem migration to the U.S. by addressing its root causes. Josue Decavele/Getty Images

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Blunt message, search for answers mark VP's 1st foreign trip .
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Vice President Kamala Harris came to Latin America to deliver a message rather than clinch some kind of concrete deal. She bluntly told migrants not to travel to the United States. She spoke of the evils of government corruption that lead to dislocation. She urged nations to increase enforcement at their borders. She completed the journey without securing any commitments to increase immigration enforcement or expand pathways to legal migration. But she also did so without a significant mistake.

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