Vice President Kamala Harris told reporters in Mexico on Tuesday countries in the region are “in large part, if not entirely” at fault for the U.S. southern border crisis that intensified under the new administration.
“I want to be very clear that the problem at the border in large part, if not entirely, stems from the problems in these countries,” Harris declared during a joint press conference with Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO). “I cannot say it enough. Most people don’t want to leave home.”
Her comments came after the Mexican president, commonly known as AMLO, and his counterparts from El Salvador and Guatemala accused the Biden administration’s overwhelmingly welcoming policy of incentivizing Central Americans to leave their home country.
After meeting Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei Monday, during her first foreign trip as VP, Harris met AMLO in Mexico City Tuesday to discuss immigration policy.