Kamala Harris calls LGBTQ violence 'root cause' of immigrants fleeing Guatemala

The Vice President of the United States gave it the same priority level as economic concerns in a recent meeting with the Guatemalan President.

Nick Monroe Cleveland Ohio

Vice President Kamala Harris called LGBTQ violence a "root cause" of why people flee Guatemala in a virtual meeting between Kamala Harris and the President of Guatemala, Alejandro Giammattei. The meeting was broadcast on PBS.

Harris has been tasked with diplomacy and strategy in the Northern Triangle countries of El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala as regards the massive influx of migrants from those nations to the US.

"There are also longstanding issues that are often called the 'root causes' of immigration," she told President Giammattei.

"We are looking at the issue of poverty and the lack, therefore, of economic opportunities; the issue of extreme weather conditions and the lack of climate adaptation; as well as corruption and the lack of good governance; and violence against women, Indigenous people, LGBTQ people, and Afro-descendants."

On Monday, Kamala Harris announced an additional $310 million in aid to Central America. "$255 million will go to humanitarian relief and $55 million will go toward addressing food insecurity," per KMOV4.

In the first week of April, the White House unveiled a $112 aid package. The money there was designated for humanitarian reasons and programs designed to help people earn an income.

This approach to the migration crisis is how Vice President Kamala Harris is choosing to handle the situation after being deputized to do so by President Biden. The impact of the crisis is acutely felt at the US-Mexico border, where migrant detention facilities doubled in size within the span of a few weeks.

Part of the Biden administration’s funding efforts are directed toward "resettlement" programs for migrants who made it into the United States, so far. Something more permanent than the roughly $90 million the White House doled out for migrants to stay in hotels.

Young migrant boys have been abandoned in the middle of nowhere, and young migrant girls have drowned (and nearly drown) in the Rio Grande river.


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