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World Kamala Harris Sticks to 'Root Causes' Migration Message, Doesn't Respond to AOC's Criticism

00:00  09 june  2021
00:00  09 june  2021 Source:   newsweek.com

Who is Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the Mexican president who met with Kamala Harris today?

  Who is Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the Mexican president who met with Kamala Harris today? Mexico's President Andrés Manuel López Obrador meets with Harris Tuesday as she leads efforts to stem illegal immigration at the southern border.The Vice President met with community organizers, business owners and Presidents Alejandro Giammattei and Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the leaders of Guatemala and Mexico, respectively. In March, President Joe Biden tasked Harris with addressing an increase in migration  — including unaccompanied minors  — at the southern border.

Harris said that her message to would-be migrants was: 'Do not come'. She was responding to Harris ' remarks at her press conference on Monday besides Alejandro Giammattei 'I will continue to be focused on [addressing root causes of migration and corruption] as opposed to grand gestures'. Share or comment on this article: AOC calls Kamala Harris ' immigration comments 'disappointing' as

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez called Vice President Kamala Harris ’ comments on immigration “disappointing” on Monday, after Harris said during a press conference that migrants looking to cross the U. S . border should not come. Harris previously identified several acute causes of migration from Guatemala, including recent hurricanes, persistent drought, and the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. Root causes include poverty and the resulting lack of economic opportunities, corruption and the absence of good governance, and violence against women, the LGBTQ community and

On her trip to Mexico and Guatemala, Vice President Kamala Harris emphasized the United States' commitment to dealing with the "root causes" of migration, including poor economic conditions that force people to flee to the U.S.-Mexican border from the Northern Triangle countries of Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras.

Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador wearing a suit and tie holding a glass of wine: President of Mexico Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and Vice President of US Kamala Harris arrive during a private meeting at Palacio Nacional on June 08, 2021 in Mexico City, Mexico. On her trip, Harris discussed the strong relationship between the U.S. and Mexico and emphasized her desire to get to the © Hector Vivas/Getty Images President of Mexico Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and Vice President of US Kamala Harris arrive during a private meeting at Palacio Nacional on June 08, 2021 in Mexico City, Mexico. On her trip, Harris discussed the strong relationship between the U.S. and Mexico and emphasized her desire to get to the "root causes" of migration from Latin America to the United States.

However, Harris received criticism for her comments dissuading migration to the U.S.

Harris turns focus to Mexico on trip to address migration

  Harris turns focus to Mexico on trip to address migration MEXICO CITY (AP) — Vice President Kamala Harris is closing out her first foreign trip Tuesday with a visit to Mexico and a meeting with President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, a key but complicated ally in the Biden administration’s efforts to curb the spike in migration at the U.S. border. While Lopez Obrador committed in a previous virtual meeting with Harris that the U.S. can “count on us” to help address the issue of irregular migration, the Mexican president has in the past blamed President Joe Biden for the increase in migration at the border. And he was chummy with his predecessor, President Donald Trump, despite Trump’s hardline polcies towards migrants.

She was responding to Harris ’ remarks at her press conference on Monday besides Alejandro Giammattei, Guatemala’ s president. ‘I want to emphasize that the goal of our work is to help Guatemalans find hope at home,’ Harris said after her bilateral meeting with Giammattei. Vice President Kamala Harris and Guatemalan President Alejandro Giamattei held a bilateral meeting in Guatemala on Monday as part of talks to deal with ‘ root causes ’ of mass migration from Latin America to the U. S .

Vice President Kamala Harris pushed back on criticism that she hasn' t visited the US-Mexico border in an interview aired on Tuesday by arguing that her travel has been limited during the early days of the Biden administration.

"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," Harris said.

New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez called her comments "disappointing."

"This is disappointing to see," Ocasio-Cortex said in a tweet. "First, seeking asylum at any US border is a 100% legal method of arrival. Second, the US spent decades contributing to regime change and destabilization in Latin America. We can't help set someone's house on fire and then blame them for fleeing."

Harris did not directly respond to Ocasio-Cortez's criticism.

"I'm really clear: we have to deal with the root causes and that is my hope. Period," Harris said, according to the Associated Press.

For more reporting from the Associated Press, see below:

Harris told Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador the United States and Mexico are "embarking on a new era" during her first in-person meeting with the leader, as she seeks to foster greater cooperation with Mexico on immigration to the U.S.

Speaking at the start of their bilateral meeting at the Mexican national palace, Harris emphasized the "longstanding relationship" between the two nations and their "interdependence and interconnection."

Joined by a number of her top foreign policy aides for the region, the two foreign leaders met for over an hour in an elegant conference room at the palace, seated across from each other under a grand crystal chandelier.

Mexico president appears to hold key majority in elections

  Mexico president appears to hold key majority in elections President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s party and allies seemed poised to keep a majority in Mexico’s lower chamber of congress in initial results.López Obrador’s Morena party will have to rely on votes from its allies in the Workers Party and Green Party, but together they were expected to capture between 265 and 292 seats in the 500-seat lower house. Morena alone was expected to win 190 to 203 seats, according to preliminary vote counts.

She was responding to Harris ’ remarks at her press conference on Monday besides Alejandro Giammattei, Guatemala’ s president. ‘I want to emphasize that the goal of our work is to help Guatemalans find hope at home,’ Harris said after her bilateral meeting with Giammattei. Vice President Kamala Harris and Guatemalan President Alejandro Giamattei held a bilateral meeting in Guatemala on Monday as part of talks to deal with ‘ root causes ’ of mass migration from Latin America to the U. S .

Vice President Kamala Harris has landed in Mexico for a crunch meeting with President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who she has been courting for months. The Tuesday meeting will close out Harris ' first foreign trip, with President Biden' s administration hoping it will help in its efforts to curb the spike in migration from Central America and secure the southern border. Harris - who was tasked by Biden to work with Central American countries to stem the flow of migrants to the U. S .-Mexico border - was pictured disembarking from Air Force Two in Mexico City late on Monday.

Just prior to the meeting, Harris and López Obrador watched as the Mexican foreign affairs secretary and the charge d'affaires of the U.S. embassy in Mexico signed a memorandum of understanding establishing greater cooperation between the two nations on development programs in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras.

Harris was later slated to meet with female entrepreneurs and labor leaders in Mexico, before heading back to Washington Tuesday night.

While her visit to Mexico didn't deliver as clear and concrete an agreement, Harris emphasized the importance of the relationship between the two nations.

"We have a partnership, a longstanding partnership. Other than Canada, we are the closest neighbors to each other," Harris told reporters Monday night.

López Obrador remains a key, but complicated, ally in the Biden administration's efforts to curb the spike in migration at the U.S. border.

While López Obrador committed in a previous virtual meeting with Harris that the U.S. can "count on us" to help address the issue of irregular migration, the Mexican president has in the past blamed President Joe Biden for the increase in migration at the border. And he was chummy with his predecessor, President Donald Trump, despite Trump's hardline policies toward migrants.

Kamala Harris and Joe Biden haven’t yet visited the US-Mexico border. Texas officials are mixed on whether they need to

  Kamala Harris and Joe Biden haven’t yet visited the US-Mexico border. Texas officials are mixed on whether they need to Vice President Kamala Harris visits Guatemala and Mexico this week, but she and President Joe Biden haven't visited the U.S.-Mexico border this year.But for months, Harris' presence has been requested someplace else: The U.S. southern border. Mostly Republican lawmakers on Capitol Hill have called on Harris and President Joe Biden to visit areas along the U.S.-Mexico border, where they say a dramatic increase of migrants has developed into a crisis. Members of the House and Senate have flown into border towns, toured intake facilities and taken boat rides on the Rio Grande River. And their message to Harris and Biden has been: Come see it for yourself.

Early last month, he also accused the U.S. of violating Mexico's sovereignty for giving money to non-governmental organizations that were critical of his government.

Harris' meeting with Lopez Obrador comes just days after the country's midterm elections, during which the president's party appeared poised to maintain its majority in Mexico's lower chamber of the congress, but fell short of a two-thirds majority as some voters boosted the struggling opposition, according to initial election results.

Harris is not expected to address the election results during her meeting with the president, but the bloody campaign—nearly three-dozen candidates or pre-candidates were killed as drug cartels sought to protect their interests—are certain to loom over their conversations. The government's inability to provide security in parts of the country is of interest to the U.S. in an immigration context, both for the people who are displaced by violence and the impact it has on a severely weakened economy trying to reemerge from the pandemic.

The increase in migration at the border has become one of the major challenges confronting Biden in the early months of his first term, with Republicans seizing on an issue they see as politically advantageous as polling suggests Americans are less favorable toward Biden's approach to immigration than they are toward his policies on the economy and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Harris visits Latin America to tackle migration, corruption

  Harris visits Latin America to tackle migration, corruption WASHINGTON (AP) — Kamala Harris, on her first foreign trip as vice president, is looking to deepen diplomatic ties with Guatemala and Mexico, two Latin American nations key to the Biden administration's efforts to stem the spike in migration at the U.S. border. Harris, who is set to depart Washington later Sunday, is seeking to secure commitments for greater cooperation on border security and economic investment, but corruption in the region — a far more intractable challenge — will complicate her efforts. It’s already had a significant impact on her work in the region.

They've tried to make Harris the face of that immigration policy, charging she and Biden are ignoring the issue because both have yet to visit the southern border. Harris told reporters Monday in Guatemala she was focused on addressing the root causes of migration in a way that delivers "tangible" results "as opposed to grand gestures."

Regardless of the eventual outcome of her meetings Tuesday, Mexico will remain a key partner in enforcement efforts at the border.

Illegal border crossings have increased steadily since April 2020, after Trump introduced pandemic-related powers to deny migrants the opportunity to seek asylum, but further accelerated under Biden, who quickly scrapped many of Trump's hardline border policies—most notably the "Remain in Mexico" program to make asylum-seekers wait in Mexico for court dates in U.S. immigration court.

U.S. border authorities encountered nearly 19,000 unaccompanied children in March, the highest on record. Overall, it had more than 170,000 encounters on the border in April, the highest level in more than 20 years though the numbers aren't directly comparable because getting stopped under pandemic-related authorities carries no legal consequences, resulting in many repeat crossings.

a group of people standing in front of a flower: Vice President Kamala Harris and Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei, pose for an official photograph, Monday, June 7, 2021, at the National Palace in Guatemala City. Harris emphasized her desire to focus on the © Jacquelyn Martin/AP Photo Vice President Kamala Harris and Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei, pose for an official photograph, Monday, June 7, 2021, at the National Palace in Guatemala City. Harris emphasized her desire to focus on the "root causes" of migration that compel people in Latin American countries to venture to the United States border. Jacquelyn Martin/AP Photo

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Border Mayors in Texas and Arizona Welcome Kamala Harris' 'Do Not Come' Message, But Say It's Just a Start .
"I wholeheartedly support what [the Biden administration] is trying to do and I'm sure they're going to receive lots of criticism. But it's a long-term process, so I salute them for getting started," Mayor John Ferguson of Presidio, Texas, told Newsweek. "For her to say 'stay home,' that's what we want [migrants] to do—not because we don't want them in the United States, but right now it's just not the time for people to continually expect to come to the United States and think that they're going to be admitted into the country," Ferguson said.

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