Opinion | Harris' Guatemala trip was a disaster because America won't own up to its mess

Opinion | Susanne Ramírez de Arellano: VP Harris' Guatemala trip displayed our refusal to accept any guilt for the region's woes. - @NBCNewsTHINK

6/11/2021 8:00:00 AM

Opinion | Susanne Ramírez de Arellano: VP Harris' Guatemala trip displayed our refusal to accept any guilt for the region's woes. - NBCNewsTHINK

'Do not come,' she told potential asylum seekers before laughing off having never visited the border. So much for new beginnings with a new administration.

The Reagan administration financed the Salvadoran military’s bloody war against the guerrillas of the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Army — but the real victims (and often the main targets) in that war were and still are the Salvadoran people. More than 75,000 Salvadorans

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died or"disappeared"in the war.El Salvador, however, is really America’s forgotten war. As a direct result of it, approximately 2.1 million Salvadoran immigrants and their children — both first and second generation — live in the U.S. And El Salvador is the

largest source of immigration to the U.S. from Central America, in part because the atrocities there and throughout the region still continue.Harris, however, went in ignoring all of our history and didn’t cover herself in glory even touching on the problems of today. headtopics.com

So it is deeply disturbing to see Harris — who portrayed herself as acommitted advocate to migrant rights while she was in the U.S. Senate— now using the caustic language of deterrence as a member of the executive branch.While decades of poverty, corruption, war and dictatorship — an inevitable result of Washington’s at-the-barrel-of-a-gun interference in regional politics — would make any visit by a member of a new Democratic administration something of a poison chalice, there is still a lot of history there for which the U.S. should apologize. Harris, however, went in ignoring all of it and didn’t cover herself in glory even touching on the problems of today.

More than 178,000 migrants — mostly from the Northern Triangle of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador and including an increasingly large number of unaccompanied minors and teenagers — arrived at the southern border in April. It was thehighest number in a single month in two decades

, and it gave the Biden administration a problem it needs to solve. The situation got so politically touchy for the new president that Biden was forced to pivot — such a Washington term — from his campaign promises of a more humanitarian approach at the border and instead

that allows border agents to immediately turn away migrants without giving them a chance to apply for asylum. Read more: NBC News »

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THINK just don't see what the 'Obamas' see in her. THINK Horrible, horrible speech. Made me cringe. THINK AOC is right for once THINK Does it not occur to you that republicans are trying to bully her into going to the border is so they have footage for their attack ads come the mid-terms and 2024? This is a right wing trap and you took the bait.

THINK Ha hahaha stop the racist fckers VP don’t even waste her time yoir fale shit THINK BS! THINK Fresh off your lilibet think (sic) piece? Nah, you just like to bash powerful Black women.

News Analysis: Harris’ Latin America trip shows complications and contradictions in immigration strategyLike everything else about Harris' mission to curb migration to the U.S. border by addressing the fundamental causes, it’s complicated. And the complications are what make her task so daunting, and perhaps unresolvable anytime soon, writes Noahbierman Noahbierman Too bad the Media did not explain that while Trump was President. Noahbierman Candace Owens Noahbierman The root cause is so easy, it’s the same one for 350 years, it’s better here then there. The Democrats plan to make us like there should solve the problem.

Is Biden Setting Harris Up to Fail?The vice president has been assigned to lead on the issues the White House finds particularly challenging. What does this bode for her political future? Well she did call him a racist, sexual predator.

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Harris’ cruel immigration statement reveals the US’ true coloursThe US has manufactured a climate of hell in Central America, and with Kamala Harris’s latest statements on migration, it closed the door in the face of those fleeing the fire. Opinion | pajaritaroja

Texas Democrats who defeated restrictive voting bill to meet with HarrisThe meeting, which is scheduled for Wednesday, comes as Democrats face steep hurdles to passing federal election reforms in a closely divided Senate.