Republicans have criticized Harris since she was appointed by President Biden to address the border crisis.
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Vice President Kamala Harris held a virtual meeting Monday with Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei to discuss economic challenges, migration and plans to increase US humanitarian aid to this country.
Harris offered an additional $ 310 million to address food insecurity in the region. Guatemala, like other Northern Triangle countries, has been trying to recover from hurricanes, drought, and COVID-19 infections. Harris said these conditions caused many to leave their homes for the United States, as reported by Fox News.
The United States also agreed to train members of a Guatemalan task force responsible for protecting the country’s borders and curbing uncontrolled migration. The United States will also help Guatemala build shelters for returned migrants and help migrants return to normalcy in their communities of origin.
Republicans have criticized Harris since she was appointed by President Biden to address the border crisis.. Harris is tasked with serving as the diplomatic liaison between the United States, Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador.
The White House has blamed the Trump administration for the increase in undocumented crossings at the border, and Republicans insist that Biden’s policies are the root cause of why so many people are crossing the border.
Republicans have criticized Harris for not visiting the border or holding a press conference on the issue.But the White House said its focus is not the border, but the root causes of migration.
Harris told Giammattei that he plans to visit the country in June and hopes that the United States and Guatemala will come together to manage migration in an effective, safe and humane way.
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