Vice President Kamala Harris was greeted on Monday by protesters in Guatemala, who told her “Trump has won” and “go home” as the country’s president blames President Biden for this year’s migrant crisis.
The rally was visible to Harris’s motorcade when she arrived to meet with Guatemalan President Alejandro Jamatei one day after he accused the United States of luring voters to the north.
“Kamala, Trump has won,” reads a large sign near the presidential palace of the Central American state.
“Kamala, take care of your own business,” said another sign, according to a group report.
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Another large plaque created by activists includes a photo of pregnant Harris.
The poster read, “Guatemala is a pro-life #momalahelpme.” Harris has no biological children.
Another sign, which appears to have been erected by activists on a tall billboard on the road, says: “Kamala stops funding #FueraDeGuatemala criminals.”
It is not clear how many participants took part in the protest.
Giammattei said in an interview with CBS News on Sunday that the Biden administration was to blame for initiating the migration crisis.
The Guatemalan president has said he and Harris are “not on the same side of the coin” on migration.
“We have asked the United States government to send a clearer message to prevent more people from leaving,” Jamattei said.
“The message has also changed: ‘We will bring families together, we will gather children,'” he said. “The very next day, the coyotes were here, organizing groups of children to take them to the United States.”
After a day of meetings, Harris will leave Guatemala on Monday night to travel to Mexico, where he will meet with President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Tuesday.
Former President Donald Trump has curbed illegal immigration and stopped caravans of Central American asylum seekers on key topics in his four-year term. At one point, he cut off foreign aid to regional governments.
Critics attribute the record rise to illegal immigration to Biden’s policies, including his decision to end Trump’s Stay in Mexico policy, which requires most Central American asylum seekers to stay in Mexico while U.S. courts review their prosecution claims.
Biden also completed the construction of the US-Mexico wall of Trump and called on Congress to pass legislation to pave the way for the citizenship of most illegal immigrants. Republicans say changes in Biden’s legislation and policies have created new factors in “attracting” illegal immigration – counteracting Harris’s focus on “root causes” in Central America.
The number of border arrests between the United States and Mexico rose to a 21-year monthly high of more than 178,000 in April, the last month for which statistics are available. Many families and unaccompanied children are from the Northern Triangle of three Central American countries, which includes Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.