Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Thursday that he does not know the date on which the Vice President of the United States, Kamala Harris, will travel to Mexico to address the migration crisis, but announced that “she will be welcome”.
“I did invite her but I don’t know if she has already decided to make a visit to Mexico. She will be welcome to our country, but it has to do with her agenda and with the strategy they are following,” the Mexican president said in his morning press conference at the National Palace.
The vice president said on Wednesday that she plans to travel soon to Mexico, Guatemala and possibly to other Central American countries to talk about how to “address the root causes” that generate irregular immigration to U.S. territory.
López Obrador had on April 7 a first telephone contact with Harris, who has received from President Joe Biden the mission to coordinate with Mexico and Central America to stop the massive arrival of undocumented immigrants to the southern border of the United States.
“I invited her to Chiapas, Tabasco and Campeche, the southern border states of our country, so that she could see and learn about the experience we have in supporting the people,” said the Mexican president on Thursday.
López Obrador suggested that the employment and reforestation programs being carried out in the Mexican southeast could also be applied in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador to stop forced migration, as they are “brother” countries.
He also said he wanted to discuss with Harris “the issue of migrant children” who make the journey alone and are captured by human trafficking networks.
Mexico, which is cooperating with the United States in the migration crisis, has 12,000 military and civil servants deployed in the country to stem the flow.
The Mexican government says it is “concerned” about the “remarkable” increase in the number of unaccompanied minors, 3,139 of whom were detected in March.
Last week, the U.S. government revealed record numbers of arrests of undocumented immigrants at its border with Mexico, with more than 172,000 in March, including almost 19,000 minors, a historic figure.