The Guatemalan president called on the United States to show firmness in the face of illegal immigration at the Mexican border, deeming that the “humanitarian messages” of the Biden administration were responsible for the influx of migrants.
Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei has said he wants firmness from Washington regarding illegal immigration at the Mexican border. “Humanitarian messages have been distorted here by smugglers, criminal groups who organize illegal immigration,” he said in an interview on the American channel Fox News broadcast on the evening of June 9.
“They said they were going to promote family reunification so the smugglers came and took the children and teenagers to the United States. The borders have been taken by storm, ”continued the Guatemalan head of state. “This is the reason why I suggested that they clarify their message,” he added.
Alejandro Giammattei nevertheless welcomed the firm words of Vice-President Kamala Harris, who was in Guatemala on June 7 for her first international trip. She then went to Mexico.
“The vice-president […] sent a very clear message: don’t come because we’re not going to let you in, ”he continued.
Responsible for illegal immigration, Kamala Harris has come under fire from criticism from Republicans who accused her of not taking the migration “crisis” seriously enough and who called her trip to Central America “a missed opportunity. “.
The number of undocumented migrants arrested at the border between Mexico and the United States reached in April its highest level in 15 years. Of these more than 178,600 migrants, 82% came from Mexico and the “northern triangle” of Central America (Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador).