KAMALA Harris gave a joint speech with Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador today, promising a complete overhaul of the migration crisis – just a day after calling her trip to the border a “grand gesture.”
“In the United States we are tackling it from the perspective that not only we must address the root causes of migration, which is the primary purpose for my travels over the last two days and the work that we have been doing for the last couple of months,” the vice president said on Tuesday.
“But we also must tackle the issues that are inherent in the situation at the border. And what we must do to strengthen legal pathways for people to enter the United States,” she continued.
The vice president went on to say that the migration crisis at the border is the result of problems stemming within Central and Latin American countries.
“I want to be very clear that the problem at the border, in large part if not entirely stems from the problems in these countries,” she said.
“We have to have the ability to address the root causes of why people leave, and we have to understand, if it is a priority to us to be concerned about what is happening at our border, then it must be a priority for us to understand why people leave,” Harris ended.
Earlier this week, Harris made comments alluding to the “grand gesture” that came with her southern border trip
“Here’s the bottom line: we have and it is a legitimate correct conversation and concern [to address the border crisis,” she said during a press briefing , at the Sofitel Mexico City Reforma in Mexico City.
Harris went to say the US must also give “equal weight” to the root and acute causes.
“If this were easy it would’ve been handled a long time ago,” she claimed. “I’ve been to the border. I will go again.”
This morning, she met with Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador to sign the Memorandum of Understanding followed by their bilateral meeting.
Earlier this week, Harris pleaded with migrants not to enter the US illegally given the escalating crisis in border regions of the country.
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