US Vice President Kamala Harris is on a three-day journey to Central America, aiming to stem the circulate of migrants to the US.
United States Vice President Kamala Harris kicked off a three-day diplomatic journey to the Northern Triangle on Monday targeted on stemming migration to the US.
Throughout a joint information convention with Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei held, Harris stated that you will need to discourage folks from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras – the three international locations the place the vast majority of migrants hail from – from making a journey to the US border.
“The US will proceed to implement our legal guidelines and safe our borders,” Harris stated. “In case you come to our border you can be turned again.”
“Don’t come, don’t come,” she stated.
The administration of US President Joe Biden, which took workplace in January, is below stress to stem a surge in migrant arrivals from Central America fleeing poverty and corruption.
Harris additionally introduced new steps to fight human trafficking, smuggling and corruption in Guatemala.
“The President and I agreed to proceed our work to handle migration at Guatemala’s northern and southern borders,” she stated.
“We additionally mentioned illicit medication which are being smuggled and people who’re being trafficked throughout these borders undermining the safety of each Guatemala and the folks of the USA.”
She stated the US would assist create a smuggling and human trafficking job pressure in addition to an anti-corruption job pressure, charged with supporting and coaching native prosecutors to create an impartial judiciary that may root our corruption networks within the nation.
Non-governmental organisations positioned Guatemala’s widespread corruption on the high of their checklist of issues earlier than Harris’s go to. Final month, two legal professionals who’re outspoken critics of Giammattei’s administration have been arrested on what they are saying have been trumped-up costs aimed toward silencing them.
When requested by a journalist on Monday whether or not Giammattei could be a dependable companion for the US to fight corruption, the president denied costs that his authorities is concerned.
“What number of instances of corruption have I been accused of? I can provide the reply: Zero,” Giammattei stated.
William Lawrence, professor of worldwide relations on the American College in Washington, DC stated the US is hoping to search out methods to stem migration within the quick time period in addition to tackle the structural points which have led to folks looking for emigrate to the US.
“It’s important to concurrently each take care of the border points – the place there have been some enhancements regardless of the surge – and the systemic points that ship so many migrants heading for the border,” Lawrence advised Al Jazeera tv.
In an effort to deal with the “root causes” of migration, the Biden administration has pledged a $4bn plan to spice up improvement within the area and $310m in humanitarian help.
Al Jazeera’s Manuel Rapalo, reporting from Tecun Uman on Guatemala’s border with Mexico, stated the US help and funding to programmes within the area and Guatemala particularly, usually are not new. And making significant advances on corruption goes to be the nation’s accountability.
“Finally it’s as much as the federal government of Guatemala that overseas help isn’t misplaced to corruption,” Rapalo stated, including that with out making structural modifications “no quantity of overseas help will forestall folks from fleeing north”.
Harris is scheduled to satisfy civil society leaders and entrepreneurs in Guatemala after which fly to Mexico the place she’s going to meet President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Tuesday.
Harris additionally introduced that the US would provide half one million COVID-19 doses to Guatemala.
Shortly earlier than assembly Giammattei Harris stated her journey to the nation demonstrated the Biden’s administration deal with re-establishing ties with allies around the globe and was “a mirrored image of the precedence President Biden positioned on this area”.
“It’s in our collective curiosity that we work collectively,” Harris stated.