U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris declared on Wednesday her intention to visit Mexico and Guatemala soon as part of her plan to use diplomatic efforts to slow the tide of migration to the U.S.-Mexican border.
Harris participated in a virtual roundtable with experts who offered recommendations on the region, focusing on the core causes of migration in the Northern Triangle.
“Our focus is to deal with the root causes, and I am looking forward to traveling, hopefully as my first trip, to the Northern Triangle, stopping in Mexico and then going to Guatemala,” Harris said.
“We have plans in the works to go to Guatemala, as soon as possible,” she added.
Interestingly, participants in the meeting included; Ambassador Nancy McEldowney, national security adviser to Harris; Andrew Selee, president of the Migration Policy Institute think tank; and Lisa Haugaard, co-director of the Latin America Working Group nonprofit advocacy group.
The Vice President mentioned that Biden asked her to take on a role of leadership in addressing the root causes of migration, focusing on the Northern Triangle countries, which is something similar to the work he did when he was Vice President years ago.
Moreover, she affirmed that they are looking at issues that have been a long time in the making, issues that relate to violence and corruption, in addition to extreme food insecurity and what must be addressed there.