Vice President Harris will meet with Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Tuesday during his first international trip as a leader of the Biden administration on the root causes of the migrant crisis.
Harris will meet with Obrador the next day in Guatemala, where he will speak with President Alejandro Giamati on Monday.
The vice president’s office said Harris and Obrador would discuss how to “work together to strengthen efforts in the Northern Triangle” and “economic and security issues”.
The focus on the Northern Triangle, which concerns the three Central American states of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, comes as Harris and President Biden continue to emphasize what they call the “root causes”
Here’s what you need to know about Obrador before Harris meets with the Mexican president.
Obrador was a fierce critic of former President Donald Trump
Obrador did not hesitate to respond to Trump’s harsh rhetoric about immigration through Mexico, including allegations that Trump would make Mexico pay for the southern border wall.
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Obrador once vowed that Mexico “will never be the pinnacle of any foreign government.”
The Mexican president once called the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy, which divides families found to be crossing the US-Mexico border illegally, “arrogant, racist and inhuman.”
Shortly after Trump imposed tariffs on Mexican products, Obrador attacked the former president in a biting letter. He said Trump overnight turned the United States out of brotherly love for immigrants from around the world into a bolt of space where there is stigmatization, abuse, harassment, persecution and denial of the right to justice to those who seek it – a victim and hard work – to live free from misery. “
Obrador blamed Biden for the wave of migrants
Obrador said earlier this year, contrary to repeated claims by the Biden administration, that the new president during his campaign seemed to be signaling to migrants that the conditions for their arrival in the United States would be better once he in his post.
“There are expectations that President Biden’s government will have a better attitude towards migrants,” Obrador said in March in comments translated into English by Reform correspondent Jose Diaz-Brisenho. “And this has caused migrants from Central America, as well as from our country, to want to cross the border, thinking it is easier to do so,” Obrador added.
Obrador has already met practically with Harris
According to the White House, Harris has spoken to Obrador in at least three separate cases.
Following the April 7 call, the White House said Harris thanked “Obrador for his cooperation on migration issues” and that they had agreed to “address the root causes of migration from the Northern Triangle.”
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The two leaders also met in practice on May 7, with White House testimony reflecting essentially the same content as their conversation a month earlier.
And on Thursday, Harris spoke to Obrador and other world leaders in separate telephone conversations in which he told them that the United States would donate millions of coronavirus vaccines.
According to a tweet from Obrador, the United States will give Mexico one million Johnson & Johnson vaccines. Obrador said he expressed gratitude on behalf of his country.
This week’s gathering, which is likely to take place on June 8, will be the first time the two leaders have met in person.
Fox News’s Greg Norman contributed to this report.