Kamala Harris is MIA on the migration crisis


Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei has not spoken to US Vice President Kamala Harris since January and said “better communication” is needed between Guatemala and the United States to deal with the current migration crisis.

Giammattei told Breitbart News during an extensive interview in Washington, DC on Tuesday that the last communication he had with Harris — a phone call in January — was not migration-focused.

“She told me she didn’t want me to appoint my attorney general. We haven’t talked about human trafficking. It was the only time I spoke to her since she went to Guatemala, and the subject was not immigration,” Giammattei said.

The president added, “I think we need more communication between the United States government and our government at least.”

US President Joe Biden has tasked Harris with leading efforts to address the “root causes” of migration in March 2021 in response to the growing number of migrants illegally entering the United States through Mexico.

Harris told a CEO summit in June, well over a year after Biden named her border czar, that the administration was “making progress” in its “long-term efforts” to tackle the “root causes” of migration. However, Harris’ claim of progress appears to conflict with the sheer number of illegal migrants that border officials continue to apprehend each month.

Border authorities reported encountering more than 200,000 migrants crossing the border illegally in the past three consecutive months, a record number not seen in at least two decades. The total number of encounters with illegal migrants under Biden continues to far exceed the numbers seen under the Trump administration.

Asked if he felt Harris was doing enough of her job as Border Czar or if she could do more, Giammattei replied: “I could tell you that I don’t know Vice President Kamala Harris’s powers regarding programs with us.”

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Harris traveled to Guatemala in June 2021 and appeared alongside Giammattei for a press briefing, during which she issued a viral, albeit seemingly empty, “don’t come” appeal to illegal migrants. In their January 2022 phone call, the White House claimed that Harris and Giammattei spoke about his program to tackle the “root causes” of migration, human trafficking and the “accountability of corrupt actors” , a possible reference to Guatemalan Attorney General María Consuelo Porras.

Giammattei’s reappointment of Porras in May, which Giammattei said was discussed during his phone call with Harris in January, has been an ongoing source of contention between the United States and Guatemala.

The US State Department has labeled Porras as corrupt, accusing her of using her position to “protect her political allies”. Giammattei strongly disagrees with the designation, and a spokesperson for his office told Breitbart News he believes the Biden administration had its own political motives behind its decision to sanction Porras.

The White House also noted in its summary of the January phone call that Harris told Giammattei that his “Call to Action” initiative had “generated more than $1.2 billion in private sector investment in the region. but Giammattei’s spokesperson said, “We’re still waiting for that.

Giammattei’s interview with Breitbart News took place while the president was on an official tour of the United States. The president’s visit included a meeting with Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and an appearance at the Organization of American States and the annual International Religious Freedom Summit.

Write to Ashley Oliver at [email protected] Follow her on Twitter at @asholiver.




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