US Vice President Kamala Harris will travel to Guatemala on June 7 and the next day she will leave for Mexico, a tour in which she will analyze the migration issue with the presidents of both countries to address the roots of the problem.
The Guatemalan presidency confirmed the visit to the Central American country. Harris announced the trip to Mexico at the Washington Virtual Conference on the Americas.
Harris’s visit to Guatemala follows virtual meetings that he has held with Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei and members of society to discuss the issue of migrants.
Harris has said that she is interested in addressing the roots of migration and how it is affected by corruption and lack of good governance, and that she will also focus on issues such as violence and insecurity in these countries, violence against Afro-descendants , indigenous peoples, LGBTQ people, youth and women.
For his part, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said that on Friday he will meet virtually with Harris in a first meeting prior to his visit on June 8.
Regarding that virtual meeting, López Obrador said on Wednesday that “the issue is migration and the proposals to face the migratory phenomenon, as we have proposed for a long time, that the causes are addressed, that we support our neighboring brothers of the Central American countries ”.
López Obrador said that in his meeting on Monday and Tuesday in Mexico with Giammattei, he expressed his support for the United States to invest in Central America. “Help be given to the Central American countries that were left very badly, devastated by floods; there is a lot of need, a lot of poverty, ”he said.
For his part, the Mexican president considered that it is necessary to “order the migratory flow and the causes must be addressed, this means that there is work, that there is hope in the towns of southeast Mexico and in Central America, that people have opportunities to work and to be happy where their families are, their cultures, and this is achieved if there are support programs for well-being, ”said López Obrador.
Social organizations in Central America believe that corruption, inequality, lack of access to basic services such as health, education, and job opportunities are some of the main causes that thousands of people emigrate to the United States each year.
The organizations have asked Washington to cooperate with forceful actions against corruption in their countries and to commit the governments of the northern region of Central America to combat this scourge.
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