In Guatemala, Vice President Kamala Harris twice told Central American migrants, “Do not come” to the United States, stoking criticism from Democrats and immigration advocates. But the hard-line directive did not last long.
Back in Washington, Harris dialed back the message, telling EFE, a Spanish international news agency, she was “committed” to ensuring the United States is a “safe haven” for people seeking asylum.
The vice president traveled to Guatemala and Mexico this week to discuss migration from Central America with leaders of both countries, holding her first in-country talks on the issues the White House says prompt migrants to leave.
In a press conference with Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei on Monday, Harris said people should not attempt to enter the U.S. illegally.
“If you come to our border, you will be turned back,” Harris