zerohedge.com 10 Jun, 2021 21:30 am

Guatemala's President Says Biden Admin's Unclear Messaging On Illegal Immigration Fueled Border Surge

Guatemala's President Says Biden Admin's Unclear Messaging On Illegal Immigration Fueled Border Surge
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“They said that they were going to support family reunification,” Giammattei said, referring to the Biden administration’s policy of allowing unaccompanied minors to enter the United States on humanitarian grounds and of seeking to unite them with family members in the United States.“So the coyotes came and took the children and teenagers to the United States,” he said.The surge of people migrating from Central American countries has become one of the biggest political challenges to the Biden administration, with Republicans blaming the wave of illegal border crossings on a rollback of Trump-era immigration policies and on messaging that many would-be migrants and human traffickers are interpreting as an invitation to come to the United States.In dozens of interviews with The Associated Press around the same time, migrants said President Joe Biden’s relatively pro-immigration positions influenced their decision to leave their homes and seek entry into the United States.

In his interview on Fox News, which came as Vice President Kamala Harris visited Guatemala to address the “root causes” of migration, Giammattei praised Harris for a speech that warned would-be illegal immigrants not to seek entry into the United States, or they would be turned back at the border.” In a separate interview with CBS, Giammattei said he would like to see the United States impose stronger penalties on human smugglers and that he’s ready to extradite “coyotes” to the United States to face charges.

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