Vice President Kamala Harris visit to Mexico

Vice President Kamala Harris visit to Mexico

U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris waves as she boards Air Force Two at Benito Juarez International airport following her first international trip as Vice President to Guatemala and Mexico, in Mexico, June 8, 2021.

"We are not going to see an immediate return".

"The president and I discussed the importance of anti-corruption and the importance of an independent judiciary", Harris said.

She rejected Republican criticism of the fact that neither she nor Biden had visited the United States southern border, saying she had come to Central America to discuss matters in a "way that is significant and has real results" rather than making "grand gestures". "We have to deal with what's happening at the border, there's no question about that". So this whole thing about the border.

Holt pushed back, noting Harris had not been to the border herself while in office.

"And I haven't been to Europe!" "I mean, I don't understand the point you are making", she replied, laughing.

Still Harris pushed back, saying, "but you can't say you care about the border without caring about the root causes, without caring about the acute causes, which include the fact that you're looking at populations, particularly from Central America, who are plagued by hunger and the devastation caused by the hurricanes and of course, the effect of the pandemic. And so that is about one having direct conversations with heads of state, the president of Guatemala and the president of Mexico which I've had now in the last 24 hours, to have a one-on-one conversation to eyeball each other and to say, look, let's speak honestly", Harris added. "And so that's what I'm doing". "I still will encourage them to do more, to reach out to the folks on the border communities and keep talking to them, to make sure that they get a balanced view of what's happening there at the border itself".

"There is not going to be a quick fix", she said.

At the time, Biden announced the assignment saying he had asked "because she's the most qualified person to do it, to lead our efforts with Mexico and the Northern Triangle, and the countries that can help, need help in stemming the movement of so many folks, stemming the migration to our southern border".

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But that didn't sit well will at least one left-wing progressive lawmaker: New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who took Harris to task for her message, Business Insider reported, and continued to blame the USA for the surge of illegal aliens.

Harris and the White House have previously excused the vice president's absence at the White House as being due to "COVID issues" or the risk of disruption of a vice-presidential visit.

In the build-up to Harris' visit to Guatemala, her first official overseas trip, differences of opinion emerged about the fight against graft, with corruption fighters feted by Washington being criticized by Giammattei.

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"It must be priority for us to understand why people leave", she told the news conference.

"We had a robust, candid and thorough conversation", Harris said at the news conference after a three-hour meeting with Giammattei, who said they had discussed USA concerns about developments in Guatemala.

"The United States will continue to enforce our laws and secure our borders..." "But if it is constructive and it moves the ball forward for her to visit the border, she certainly may do that".

"The question that has come up and you heard it here and you'll hear it again I'm sure, is, 'Why not visit the border?"

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