Since being tasked with tackling the “main cause” of the massive migration to the southern border, Vice President Kamala Harris has only traveled to Central America twice for a total of three days.
In her nearly two years in office, Harris has made two quick journeys to Latin America. Since her previous visit in June, the number of annual interactions at the border reached its highest level in American history in August with 2.1 million. In 2022, there will be more interactions than 3 million if the trend keeps moving forward at the same rate.
As vice president, Harris didn’t go to the southern border for six months and hasn’t been there since. In an interview last month, she stated that “the border is secure.”
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Haris has discussed the problem in the U.S. and revealed new initiatives, but she hasn’t spent much time there to study the issues herself.
For the first time since 1994, the Summit of the Americas, a forum for diplomats from Latin American nations, was held in the United States this year. At the conference, Harris gave a speech in which she decried the level of corruption in the area and asserted that the Biden administration was “making progress” in tackling the problem at the border.
At the event, Harris highlighted the private sector’s $3 billion investment to Latin America since President Biden took office. To curb migration from Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador, the administration tried to get Congress to approve a $4 billion aid package for Central America.
In her two journeys, Harris had meetings with three presidents of Latin American nations: those of Mexico, Guatemala, and Honduras, three of the four nations with the highest numbers of migrants trying to cross the border into the United States. But after the State Department declared it would not invite the dubious leaders of Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua, all three of these leaders decided to boycott the meeting.
Border patrol agents found by CBP to have “no evidence” of kidnapping Haitian migrants are nonetheless being pursued for discipline.
Jill Biden, the first lady, visited Central America for six days in May, which is twice as long as Harris has been there. On forging partnerships with nations in the region, the first lady concentrated her trip.