MEXICO CITY, Mexico — Vice President Kamala Harris closed out her first foreign trip Tuesday as she visited Mexico and met with President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.
Harris is telling the poor and threatened populations of Latin America that the United States has “the capacity to give people a sense of hope” in the region so they can make better lives without fleeing to the U.S.
López Obrador's a key but complicated ally in the Biden administration’s efforts to curb the spike in migration at the U.S. border. López Obrador committed in a previous virtual meeting with Harris that the U.S. can “count on" Mexico to help address the issue of irregular migration.
But the Mexican president has in the past blamed President Joe Biden for the increase in migration at the border and was chummy with his predecessor, President Donald Trump, despite Trump’s hardline policies towards migrants.
Harris closed her trip unapologetic for her decision not to visit the U.S.-Mexico border as part of her mission to address migration to the U.S.
She said her meetings with leaders and others in Guatemala and Mexico were vital to understanding the core reasons people leave their homes for perilous journeys to America.