US Vice President Kamala Harris has urged potential migrants not to travel to the United States.
She did this in Guatemala during her first international working visit. Harris hopes they will not emigrate if living conditions improve in their country.
Harris warns that migrants will be turned back at the US border. “Don’t come,” she said during a press conference with Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei. They discussed matters such as combating illegal migration from Central America to the US and combating corruption.
The two agree that “people don’t want to leave their homes,” Harris said. The US wants Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras to take more action against corruption to improve the living conditions for the population. Therefore, fewer people move to another country. People need to “get the feeling that help is on the way,” Harris said.
Attempts to make life more attractive in their own country are undermined by, among other things, corruption scandals. Harris said there would be a US task force to help local prosecutors punish corrupt people in Central America.
Harris took charge of the migrant file, which revolves around the arrival of illegal migrants from Central America, at the end of March. Since the departure of President Donald Trump, more migrants have come to the US again. Current President Joe Biden is reforming Trump’s strict migration policy.