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Kamala Harris meets with Giammattei and reminds him of immigration problems


Correspondent in Mexico City

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The Vice President of the United States, Kamala Harris, has met via videoconference with Alejandro Giammattei, President of Guatemala. The central theme of the political meeting was to alleviate migration from, above all, from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala. Harris, as the head of the Biden Administration, has promised more help to address irregular migration that is usually accumulated on the border of Mexico with the United States that has broken the record in the last 15 years with 171,000 detainees at border crossings and 18,000 unaccompanied minors. 100 days after Joe Biden’s mandate, they accuse proclamations in the program of the current president of the United States such as “welcoming immigrants into our communities” or “reaffirming the country’s commitment to asylum seekers and refugees” as the guilty of the massive arrival of migrants fleeing the poverty and insecurity present in their countries of origin.

Kamala Harris has promised 310 million additional dollars to achieve eradication of deficiencies in central America. They will be divided into “255 million in humanitarian aid” and another “55 to address food insecurity” in the area. Hurricanes Iota and Eta together with the pandemic have hit the area hard, leaving 200 dead and 15,000 million dollars in losses.

For his part, Alejandro Giammattei, the president of Guatemala, stressed that “the United States plans to increase aid to the region and strengthen our cooperation to manage migration in an efficient, safe and humane manner.” Creating hope and your desire have the United States as a partner were the two premises of the Central American president’s speech.

Next year’s plan includes $ 4 billion of which Biden has requested 861, however, they are foreseen in next year’s budget and have yet to be approved by Congress. As the vice president narrated, they are analyzing “the causes of poverty, lack of economic opportunities, extreme weather conditions, violence against women, indigenous people, LBGTQ and Afro-descendants,” she said.

The “comprehensive strategy” is based on developing issues bilaterally and multilaterally with humanitarian organizations to “move forward and create a sense of hope for the future,” said Harris, who next Tuesday will meet in a virtual round table with Guatemalan foundations. Next June the visit will be face-to-face, however, previously, on May 7, the faces will be seen virtually with Lopez Obrador together with the Minister of Economy, Marcelo Ebrard, and Tatiana Clouthier, Minister of Economy. One of the topics they will discuss will be the ‘Sembrando Vida’ program, for which the president of Mexico intends to reduce migration with a program that encourages work visas and the nationality of peasants who plant trees in Central America, an agreement that the United States would support.

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