Vice President Kamala Harris said the United States plans to provide aid to agriculture and disaster relief to prevent migration.
US Vice President Kamala Harris reiterated the Biden administration’s commitment to addressing the “root cause” of migration from Central America, saying that families are left the area due to widespread famine.
In an interview with CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday morning, Harris said most people don’t want to leave their homeland but there is little hope that things will improve amid crisis. economic and humanitarian panic.
“We have to give people a little bit of hope, that if they stay, help will come,” Harris said.
She said the Biden administration plans to increase US support to farmers and agricultural programs in Central America, as well as provide emergency aid to help countries still struggling to relocate. set. storms devastated the area last fall (fall).
“It is a complicated matter. If this were easy, it would have been handled many years ago, ”Harris says.
“There they are extremely hungry and have food insecurity… If parents and children cannot literally eat – if they cannot have the basic essentials that people need to live – of course, they will run away. And that’s what we’re seeing ”.
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US President Joe Biden – who has promised a more humane approach to immigration than his predecessor Donald Trump – last month Named Harris to lead his managerial efforts to prevent an increase in visitors to the US-Mexico border.
United States Border Government Arrest more than 172,000 migrants and asylum seekers at the country’s southern border with Mexico in March – up 71% from the previous month.
At least half of those people were deported a measure of public health at the same time Trump Has effectively blocked the border for migrants due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Immigration advocates in the United States have urged Biden to cancel the policy, known as Title 42, amid increased violence and threats against asylum seekers In Mexico.
Harris is scheduled to meet on May 7 with Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and other Mexican government officials.
She is also expected to travel to Mexico and Guatemala to discuss migration, but no date has been announced for that visit yet.
“We’re working on a plan to get there,” Harris said in an interview with CNN on Sunday. “I can’t get there anytime soon.”
Lopez Obrador this month to speak He planned a proposal to the Biden administration to expand a key Mexican agricultural program to Central America in an effort to stem migration.
Mexico’s foreign minister, Marcelo Ebrard, said US and Mexican officials would discuss extending that program – known as Sembrando Vida – during a May 7 meeting with Harris.
“It would be a productive and informal conversation,” Ebrard tweeted on Saturday.