The Vice President of the United States, Kamala Harris, has described his trip to Mexico and Guatemala as a “success” due to the progress made to promote progress in the region and act against migration. At a press conference in Mexico, after his meeting with the Mexican president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, with whose government she has signed a cooperation agreement, the vice president has thus valued her trip.
In this sense, he highlighted the memorandum of understanding signed with Mexico for assistance in the country, as well as the dialogue held in Guatemala against corruption.
Harris highlighted in this speech the support of Washington to the economic sector of the region to promote development, specifically with the work together with the Mexican economic sector, and has also underlined the announcement of $ 130 million from the White House to promote Mexican labor reform and the 48 million dollars in support for housing and the countryside in the country, reports the Mexican media ‘Milenio’.
Likewise, he indicated that in his meeting with López Obrador the need to make the requirements for applying for visas to the United States more flexible, although this issue will be addressed in the future.
On the other hand, Harris has addressed the controversy about his visit to the border between the United States and Mexico, since he has received criticism for not having visited during this trip. In this regard, he has transferred that he will visit the place soon, although he has put in the first place the need to address the causes of immigration of people from Central America.
“Yes, I will visit the border, I have already done it, they know that I have spent a lot of time at the border and I am very aware of the issues”, he also said about it, to add that “if one wants to face the problems, we have to go to the center. The president (Joe Biden) asked me to work on the root causes of migration, that’s why I went to Guatemala ”, he insisted.
In this context, he has also delved into the fact that the White House aims to find the families that have been separated by the immigration authorities, a job that “will be worth it”, as he has added, to reiterate its intention to address the “problem generational »of migration.
The president of United States, Joe Biden, has commissioned Harris to lead efforts to reduce the migratory flow from Central America to the United States.
Thus, Harris met with the president of Guatemala, Alejandro Giammattei, this Monday and traveled to Mexico on Tuesday to visit the president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador. This trip has been interpreted as a sample of the importance that the Biden Administration gives to the Central American region and to migration from the area.
The spokesperson for the United Nations General Secretariat, Stephane Dujarric, when asked at the daily press conference about Kamala Harris’ statements that immigrants did not try to reach the border, he replied that “it is not his job to go into details”, however, he appealed to the dialogue between affected states by the migratory crisis.
“There needs to be an active dialogue between countries of residence, countries of destination, countries of origin and countries of transit,” he said, adding that the role of the UN is to “help support the institutions in countries to ensure that people live in places where their basic rights are respected. ‘
“What we want is for countries to enter into a fruitful dialogue to manage migration and ensure that immigrants are not left in the hands of criminal elements that not only take their money, but also their dignity,” he concluded.