In photos: Vice President Kamala Harris heads to Guatemala and Mexico


Source: CNN

Vice President Kamala Harris is traveling to Guatemala and Mexico for her first foreign trip as vice president as part of her role leading diplomatic efforts to stem the flow of migration from Central America.

The Biden administration is under ongoing political pressure to stem the tide of migrants at the US southern border, and Harris is facing the first major diplomatic test of her vice presidency.


Harris to travel to Mexico and Guatemala in first foreign trip as vice president


Vice President Kamala Harris will visit Mexico and Guatemala on June 7 and 8, she said during a visit to Rhode Island on Wednesday. This will be Harris’ first trip abroad as vice president. 

Harris also said she will be talking to Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador this week. He said at his daily press briefing that he would be speaking with Harris about U.S.-bound immigration.

In March, President Biden tasked Harris with leading the administration’s efforts to stem migration at the southern border, announcing her new role as border apprehensions soared after Mr. Biden took office. He called her the “most qualified person” to lead U.S. efforts with Mexico and the Northern Triangle, and he said he hoped “we can move this along.”


Mexico apologises to Mayan people for historic abuses


Source: BBC News

Mexico’s president has apologised to the indigenous Mayan people for abuses committed against them over the five centuries since the Spanish conquest.

Andrés Manuel López Obrador spoke at an event also attended by Guatemalan leader Alejandro Giammattei in the south-east state of Quintana Roo.

He focused on the 1847-1901 Caste War revolt in which around 250,000 people are believed to have lost their lives.


Biden admin secures agreements with Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala to secure borders, official says


Source: CNN

(CNN)The Biden administration has secured agreements for Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala to tighten their borders and stem the flow of migration, Special Assistant to the President for Immigration for the Domestic Policy Council Tyler Moran told MSNBC on Monday.

“We’ve secured agreements for them to put more troops on their own border. Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala have all agreed to do this. That not only is going to prevent the traffickers, and the smugglers, and cartels that take advantage of the kids on their way here, but also to protect those children,” Moran said.


Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala to deploy troops to slow migration


Source: Aljazeera

Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala have agreed to deploy troops to their borders to slow the movement of migrants trying to get into the United States, a Biden administration official said on Monday.

“We’ve secured agreements for them to put more troops on their own border,” Tyler Moran, a special assistant to President Joe Biden for immigration policy told the MSNBC news outlet.

“That not only is going to prevent the traffickers and the smugglers, and cartels that take advantage of the kids on their way here, but also to protect those children,” Moran said.

The US Border Patrol is struggling with an increase in the numbers of people trying to cross the southwest US border because of violence, poverty, natural disasters and a lack of access to food in Central America and Mexico.


Mexico expects a ‘constant and growing’ flow of migrants


Source: Yahoo! News

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s top diplomat said Thursday his country expects to see “constant and growing” flows of migrants in coming years and estimated the United States must spend $2 billion per year in development aid to stem the tide.

Foreign Relations Secretary Marcelo Ebrard said Mexico has proposed investing money in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador and expects the United States to join that effort. Those three Central American countries have been sending the largest number of migrants to the U.S. southern border.


Migrant Surge at U.S. Border Prompts White House Talks With Mexico, Guatemala


Source: The Wall Street Journal

Senior White House officials are visiting Mexico and Guatemala this week in a bid to curtail a surge of migrants at the U.S. southern border that is raising pressure for the Biden administration to take more aggressive measures.

The high-level meetings to discuss migration and development in southern Mexico and Central America come as apprehensions at the U.S.-Mexico border are on pace to hit highs not seen in 20 years.

“Expectations were created that with President Biden’s government there would be a better treatment of migrants,” Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said during his daily press conference on Tuesday. “This has caused Central American migrants, and also from our country, to want to cross the border thinking that it is easier to do so.”


Biden sends envoys to Mexico, Guatemala asking help on migrant flow


Source: Reuters

WASHINGTON/MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – U.S. officials will ask authorities in Mexico and Guatemala to help stem migrant traffic, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said on Monday, as the Biden administration struggles to contain a burgeoning humanitarian challenge along the U.S. border with Mexico.

President Joe Biden dispatched U.S. envoys, including White House border coordinator Roberta Jacobson, to the two countries on Monday for talks on how to manage the increase in the number of migrants heading for the U.S.-Mexican border.


Officials head to Guatemala and Mexico amid rise in migrants at US border


Source: The Guardian

The Biden administration announced on Monday that two senior officials will travel to Mexico and Guatemala to discuss the increase in migrants attempting to enter the US.

Emily Horne, a spokesperson for the national security council, said Roberta Jacobson, special assistant to the president and coordinator for the south-west border, “will travel to Mexico to engage with Mexican government officials to develop an effective and humane plan of action to manage migration”.


Mexico limits non-essential travel on southern border


Source: ABC News