Here’s What Harris Will Do On Her 1st VP Trip To Guatemala And Mexico



Vice President Harris is in Guatemala City on Monday to kick off the first foreign trip of her time in office, a two-day mission aimed at trying to strengthen ties with Guatemala and Mexico to tackle tough and longstanding problems like corruption, violence and poverty — some of the issues behind the record number of migrants from Central America seeking asylum at the U.S. border in recent months.

She is traveling with some good news: the administration laid out last week how it will share its wealth of COVID-19 vaccines with countries that have struggled to get shots in arms, including Guatemala and Mexico.


Harris Heads to Guatemala, Mexico in First Foreign Trip as US Vice President


Source: Voice of America

WASHINGTON – Kamala Harris left Sunday on her first trip as U.S. vice president, visiting Guatemala and Mexico on a mission to try to figure out how to keep the people there and in Honduras and El Salvador from migrating north to the United States.

As thousands of migrants try to cross the southwestern U.S. border with Mexico, Harris is looking to reach agreements for more cooperation on border security and economic development to keep people in their home countries even as corruption in the region complicates already difficult issues.


Mexican president to visit border city, discuss security


Source: WAVY

TIJUANA (Border Report) — Mexico President Andrés Manuel López Obrador will visit Tijuana on Saturday to discuss security in this corner of Mexico where more than 2,000 murders were recorded last year.

López Obrador, referred to by many in Mexico as AMLO, will also cut the ribbon and inaugurate a National Guard armory in Tijuana.


Mexico has stopped accepting some Central American families ‘expelled’ by U.S. along the border


Source: The Washington Post

The Mexican government has stopped taking back Central American families “expelled” at the U.S. border under a Trump-era emergency health order related to the coronavirus, a shift that has prompted U.S. Customs and Border Protection to release more parents and children into the U.S. interior, according to five U.S. officials.

The change, which has not been publicly disclosed, raises concerns in U.S. border communities and at the Department of Homeland Security because the large-scale release of parents and children into the United States has triggered previous waves of unauthorized migration.


Mexico and Caribbean beach resorts offer Covid tests for new U.S. travel requirements


Source: CNBC

Margarita? Beach lounger? Nasal swab?

Beach resorts and small hotels alike throughout Mexico and the Caribbean are racing to ensure guests have access to Covid tests as new travel requirements take effect.

Starting Tuesday, the U.S. government will require travelers over age 2, including U.S. citizens, to show proof of a recent, negative Covid-19 test result before boarding flights to the United States.


Mexico Exonerates Ex-Defense Chief Who Was Freed by the U.S.


Source: The New York Times

MEXICO CITY — The authorities in Mexico say they will bring no charges against a former top military official who was arrested in the United States last year on drug-trafficking and corruption charges, only to be sent home at the request of the outraged Mexican government.

The former defense minister, Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda, had been accused by the U.S. authorities of taking bribes in exchange for protecting drug cartel leaders. He was arrested at the request of the Drug Enforcement Administration in Los Angeles in October.


Exclusive: Mexico may raise U.S. farm concerns if energy dispute bites, minister says


Source: Reuters

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico could raise concerns over potential barriers to its agriculture exports to the United States in any future negotiations over the Mexican government’s contentious energy policy, Economy Minister Tatiana Clouthier said.

Since President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador took office in late 2018 vowing to strengthen the state’s influence over energy policy, Mexico has been at increasing odds with international investors due to measures he has overseen to achieve that goal.


Mexico: new security law strips diplomatic immunity from DEA agents


Source: The Guardian

Mexico’s congress has approved a new national security law restricting the activities of foreign law enforcement officers, in a move which critics say will endanger intelligence sources and threaten the future of international anti-narcotics operations.

The law passed on Tuesday strips foreign agents of diplomatic immunity and requires foreign officials in the country to share any intelligence they have obtained with Mexican officials.


Mexico fast-tracks law that could limit anti-drug cooperation with U.S.


Source: The Washington Post

MEXICO CITY — Outraged by the arrest in California of a former defense minister, the Mexican government is championing a law that is likely to throttle cooperation with U.S. anti-drug agents and the FBI, setting up a potential crisis in relations as President-elect Joe Biden prepares to assume office.

The legislation has taken the U.S. government by surprise. It was introduced shortly after American authorities tried to defuse tensions with Mexico by dropping drug-trafficking charges against Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos — a highly unusual move.


Mexican president says Trump helped him get vaccine


Source: Associated Press

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s president said Thursday he plans to give the military a role in distributing coronavirus vaccines, which he says U.S. President Donald Trump helped him get.

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said that on his visit to Washington in July he spoke with Trump and Vice President Mike Pence and they “helped facilitate so that Mexico was taken into account and could get the vaccine.”