“Let me be very clear. I am committed to ensuring that the United States provides a safe haven for those seeking asylum,” Democrat Kamala Harris told EFE after her first international trip “period.”
The vice president’s position comes after criticism from her party this week, including Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, for urging, during her visit to Guatemala and Mexico, residents of various Central American countries “not to come” to the USA.
Today, Kamala Harris asserted that the Biden administration is willing to “extend legal channels for immigration” to the United States, and for that reason, is lobbying Congress to pass a reform on the matter.
We are rebuilding our immigration system, which deteriorated in the previous government [de Donald Trump]But we must also address the roots of migration. That’s why I traveled to Guatemala and Mexico.
The vice president also stressed that the US administration “will not ignore Honduras and El Salvador,” two countries that were not included in this week’s visit program.
On Wednesday, US authorities announced that immigration arrests along the Mexican border reached an all-time high of more than 180,000 people in May.
The 180,034 arrests in the past month represented an increase of about 1% compared to the 178,622 recorded in April, which was in turn 3% higher than 173,348 in March, the two months already hitting historic highs at the time. .
Despite the overall rise, the arrival of unaccompanied minors to the border in May (14158) declined for the second month in a row.
These numbers show that despite the efforts led by Vice President Kamala Harris, the immigration crisis continues on the southern border of the United States, where the arrival of illegal immigrants has not stopped increasing since US President Joe Biden took office in January.