After her visit to Guatemala, Kamala Harris arrived in Mexico to reach agreements to deal with the border crisis and reduce the wave of undocumented immigrants at the southern border; a situation that, according to the Mexican president, was caused by the “open borders” policy established by Joe Biden.
On Tuesday, June 8, both governments signed an agreement of understanding for international cooperation between the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the U.S. Agency for International Development.
“The United States and Mexico share history and family. Our economies are tied, and our security relies on one another. I am here in Mexico City to renew our nation’s important partnership with Mexico,” Harris posted.
Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said: “We are going to talk to the Vice President, we are very pleased that she is visiting us. We will talk about the immigration issue, but we will address the fundamental causes.”
Last March AMLO publicly blamed Biden for the border crisis.
“Expectations were created that with President Biden’s administration there would be better treatment of migrants,” said the Mexican leader. “And this has caused Central American migrants, and also those from our country, to want to cross the border thinking that it is easier to do so,” he said.
According to El País, among the agreements reached, Washington committed 130 million dollars to Mexico to complete labor reform, eradicate child labor and improve the working conditions of workers in industries involved in the supply chains of the two countries.
Criticism rains down on Kamala Harris due to the border crisis
Criticism of Harris’ handling of the border crisis has not been long in coming, especially because the Vice President began a trip abroad without first seeing the gravity of the situation on the southern border.
Fox News’ Tucker Carlson noted in his editorial that “Kamala Harris’ plan for the border crisis is bribery.”
Carlson referred to the amount of money Harris offered to both Guatemala and Mexico to combat migration to the United States.
“The administration plans to spend billions of dollars to pay Latin America’s poor not to move to the United States,” Carlson noted.
“Over the past 10 years, Guatemala alone has received more than a billion and a half in U.S. aid. What’s the result of that aid? Small country, $1.5 billion. According to the paper, poverty and malnutrition in Guatemala have risen to unprecedented levels. Surprised? When was the last time welfare made someone stronger or happier? The same is true with countries,” he recalled.
Republican leaders have also long criticized Harris for not visiting the border. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott sent a letter to the vice president in March asking her to clarify what was being done to stem the flow of illegal immigrants.
“I urge you to visit the border to see the crisis for yourself, and I implore the Biden administration to take swift action to secure the border, crack down on human trafficking, and prevent more children from being trafficked and abused,” Abbott said.
So far, it is unknown what steps the Biden-Harris administration will take to address the border crisis, considering that the surge continues and agents are stretched thin.